Electrical Estimator

  • Location: Kalamazoo & Byron Center Branches

General Description

  • Using our Mission Statement as a guide, a Project Estimator is directly responsible for the pricing (competitive or otherwise) of electrical projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform budget review
  • Provide conceptual budges for electrical systems
  • Perform quantity takeoff estimates for complete electrical systems
  • Provide competitive bid and design/build project proposals
  • Create and maintain cost history database
  • Create and maintain library of unit prices
  • Utilize ConEst software for on-screen takeoff
  • Assemble bid package for “hand-off” to assigned Project Manager(s)
  • Create bid scopes for bidding design/build projects
  • Assist with preliminary schedules, as required
  • Assist in development of value engineering concepts
  • Document owner-outlined plans and specifications
  • Document clarifications/exceptions to bids
  • Attend project-specific interviews (pre- and post-bid), as required


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience estimating electrical construction projects
  • Experience estimating projects in excess of $1M
  • Experience working with AccuBid, ConEst, McCormick and/or similar estimating platforms
  • Ability to prepare accurate conceptual budgets based on limited information and specifications
  • Skilled at working with internal and external groups in a positive manner

Estimator Skills (must demonstrate a high level of proficiency)

  • Extensive knowledge of electrical installation, commercial mechanical systems, and construction
  • Ability to read and understand project plans and specifications
  • Understand conceptual documents
  • People skills
  • Communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to interface with subcontractors, suppliers and vendors
  • Time-management skills
  • Problem solving/resourcefulness
  • Ability to identify value engineering opportunities
  • Electrical trade knowledge
  • Code knowledge
  • Installation techniques
  • Product knowledge

Buist Electric is a multi-dimensional contractor. We specialize in electrical construction, service, automation, low voltage, A/V and outdoor utility installations. We are well known in our industry as a top place to work with a strong company culture, competitive wages and an unparalleled benefit package. 

Benefits includes competitive compensation along with a second to none benefit package.  Interested candidates can send their confidential resume to

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