Job Description

Job Title:
Cost Estimator (Quantity Surveyor)
Posted Date:
Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada


Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL)

100 Ara Mooradian Way

Pinawa, Manitoba

R0E 1L0

Attn: Human Resource Services



The Projects Branch is accountable for leading all aspects of major and minor project management for the Whiteshell Laboratories (WL) Decommissioning Project.  The branch is responsible for the development of project plans, communication documents, acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of team members and contractors/consultants in order to decommission facilities and return the site to green space, while applying the WL Decommissioning Quality Assurance program requirements.




The Cost Estimator has the following responsibilities:


·         Prepares various types cost estimates (feasibility, pre-design and final estimates as well as  major change order estimates for new construction, repair and renovation projects requiring services(related electrical, mechanical structural and civil and decommissioning projects);

·         Prepares cost breakdown documents and detailed quantity surveys from analysis of contract drawings and specifications;

·         Prepares basis of estimate documentation for inclusion into reports;

·         Analyzes/reports on cost breakdowns and price schedules submitted by contractors;

·         Prepares cost variance reports and explanations, tender comparisons, post bid analysis, cost reduction strategies and  opportunities;

·         Prepares and maintains comprehensive and current construction cost data based on historical costs, market research and indices;

·         Provides construction cost information to the Project Teams for inclusion into budgets, schedules and cash flows;

·         Interacts with Project Managers, Senior Project Engineers, Designers, Contract Administrators and Construction Staff, external agencies, consultants and suppliers to obtain facts and cost information pertinent to the performance of the estimating work;

·         Develops and manages third party cost estimate contracts to provide cost estimating support at WL;

·         Reviews and comments on third party cost estimates to ensure accuracy, comprehensiveness and consistency with estimating guidelines and procedures;

·         Develops training and workshop materials and leads and/or facilitates workshops and training sessions to develop common understanding and knowledge of cost estimating process, procedures software and tools;

·         Contributes to the development and maintenance of a cost estimating database and tools to capture project history.

·         Assesses and evaluate the WL estimating process, procedures and tools and makes recommendations for improvement;

·         Provides cost estimating advice and guidance during all phases of project and construction/deconstruction work; assists in the coaching and mentoring of the Projects Delivery staff.

·         Makes presentations to project teams on estimating procedures, tools and techniques;

·         Maintains files and records of work; and performs other related duties as assigned.

·         Work is performed under general supervision. The Estimator is expected to prepare full and detailed estimates in accordance with best practices and estimating procedures and all estimates are subject to review and/or validation by others.

·         Typical decisions involve understanding the cost elements to be included in the estimate, identifying elements that will drive costs, or in making recommendations that may reduce costs.

·         Limited opportunity to supervise others but is expected to provide guidance to others with respect to estimating best practices, application of estimating procedures, tools and techniques.

·         Interacts frequently with project planners, designers and project team members to exchange information to prepare cost estimates and to keep up to date with scope and engineering changes. Attends project meetings or estimate review and validation meetings.

·         Presents information on estimating practices, procedures and tools

·         Prepares a variety of written documentation such as basis of estimate, cost reports and financial analyses

·         Interacts  with vendors to obtain pricing information

·         The Estimator is accountable for the preparation of accurate cost estimates that are easily understood, are well documented, inspire confidence and enable decision makers to make appropriate major capital spending decisions.

·         Normal office conditions but the Estimator is expected to visit project locations which may be at different levels of construction or deconstruction. Good safety habits are required.

·         Level 1 Confidential Security Clearance required

·         Some travel may be required and at times work may be subject to tight time deadlines.




·         Graduation from a community college, preferably related to construction, mechanical, electrical or civil engineering disciplines or a certified trade with 5-7 years field and/or construction experience.

·         Strong working knowledge of construction, or mechanical, electrical or civil structural background gained from 5 to 7 years relevant estimating or cost experience preferably in the nuclear/non nuclear power, petrochemical or mining industries.

·         Knowledge and experience in projects related to decommissioning, facility construction/deconstruction and environmental restoration would be advantageous.

·         Must be able to read and understand construction drawings and contract documents.

·         Good knowledge of construction practices and mechanical, electrical, architectural or structural design

·         A good understanding of the estimate requirements for each class of estimate

·         Excellent communication, (oral and written) skills

·         Good organizational and problem solving skills

·         Computer literate with good knowledge and understanding of computer based project management and/or estimating software such as Primavera P6 or Timberline, electronic spreadsheets, cost database management and other related computer applications.

·         Good judgment and initiative in collecting, integrating and analyzing information

·         Ability to think strategically and understand project scope

·         Ability to work under pressure of deadlines.

·         Enrolled in a professional certification or accreditation program with the Ontario Institute of Quantity Surveyors, American Association of Cost Engineers or American Society of Professional Estimators is preferred



Terms of Employment: Permanent/Full-time (37.5 hours/week)

Salary Range: $60,300 - $87,000 per annum

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Group Insurance, Vision Care, Pension Plan



AECL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.




Resumes submitted through Agencies will not be accepted.

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