Cost Estimator-Entry Level

Tetra Tech
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  • Post Date: Apr 29, 2019
  • Start Date: 4/29/2019
  • Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. With more than 17,000 associates working together, Tetra Tech provides clear solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.  Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in over 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams.  We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients. 

Tetra Tech is currently accepting expressions of interest for Entry Level Cost Estimator candidates for our office in Richland, Washington. Some short-term travel may be required from time to time. This is an entry level position and training will be provided.


  • Analyze drawings, specifications, proposals and other project related documents to prepare time, cost and labor estimates.

  • Perform constructability reviews and develop draft project schedules as needed.

  • Perform quantity take offs; develop rates under direction of senior estimators; obtain vendor quotes on labor, materials and equipment.

  • Prepare cost estimates utilizing estimating software system.

  • Maintain files of working documents as back-up for estimates figures.

  • Communicate with architects, and disciple engineers to clarify scope of work, materials, and schedule requirements, and documents these clarifications.

  • Actively participate in the internal quality control review process.

  • Assists with final assembly of estimate for presentation to customer.

  • After the bid, collect and organize all bid information for future reference.



  • Associates degree from an accredited college or university preferred;

  • 0-3 years of experience required, this can be a combination of education, training and relevant experience.

  • General knowledge of construction methods and practices;

  • Familiarity with cost estimating software (MCASES MII, PACES, On Screen Takeoff etc.) is a plus;

  • Experience with mechanical, electrical and plumping systems is preferred.

  • Experience in CAD or 3D software preferred;

  • Exposure to knowledge of project scheduling principals and software;
    Understanding of the use of a work breakdown structure;

  • Estimator should be able to take direction from senior estimator and perform task assigned utilizing independent judgement;

  • Ability to obtain a US Government Security Clearance preferred.

For more information on our company, please visit our website at To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability 

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