Rochester, MN


This position is responsible to provide timely and accurate takeoffs / estimates to help secure profitable construction projects for Knutson Construction.

The key job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Prepares accurate takeoffs for self perform work to increase the probability of providing profitable work for Knutson Construction.
  • Quantifies concrete, masonry, demotion and carpentry using 2D or 3D estimating software.
  • Assists with pricing labor, material and equipment using historic data, past experience, supplier and rental firm pricing.

Hard Bid / Negotiated Projects:

  • Prepares accurate estimates for small project Hard Bids to secure profitable work for Knutson Construction.
  • Prepares cost analyses to include equipment, general conditions, materials and labor under the leadership of senior estimating staff.
  • Works with Estimating and Operation departments on analyzing bids on bid day.
  • Completes subcontractor solicitation in a professional manner to meet goals for winning profitable new work.
  • Works with senior level estimating staff to successfully pursue negotiated projects.
  • Develops accurate quantity takeoff and cost models using 2D and 3D software under the supervision of senior level estimators.
  • Prepares documentation for each milestone estimate.
  • Works closely with Operations and senior level estimators on subcontractor analysis and buyout processes on negotiated projects.
  • May attend interviews on project pursuits for learning experience.

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Attends post mortem reviews on projects to determine reasons for profitability or reasons for financial losses, and incorporates lessons learned in future bids.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with stakeholders to promote profitable project wins and position Knutson Construction for future opportunities.
  • Develops and executes plans to continuously improve subcontractor relationships.
  • Keeps senior level estimators informed of key issues/opportunities that impact project success.
  • Delivers the Knutson Experience.
  • Continuously works to enhance personal skills/abilities to retain a motivated, professional workforce for Knutson Construction.
  • Identifies training and/or development opportunities that will assist them in achieving enhanced job performance and/or career objectives.
  • Works closely with senior level staff to promote and leverage the use of technology by staff; attends REVIT training to stay abreast of available technology for 3D estimating.
  • Respond to and complete all other duties, tasks and/or projects as assigned

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong planning, problem solving, and troubleshooting skills in a cross functional environment
  • Individual must be collaborative and positive
  • Highly organized, able to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to travel to various construction sites; ability to physically review project sites which may involve use of stairways and mobilizing around the existing landscape.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time using a computer and reading plans/specifications.
  • Ability to lift bid documents (plans and specifications) as needed, which can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Minimum Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or a related field and (0) years of construction related experience or an Associate’s Degree in a construction related field and 3+ years of construction related experience.