Carl A. Nelson & Company seeks an estimator to add to our team's capacity to price and bid construction work. Located in Burlington or Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Carl A. Nelson & Company is taking applications for an estimator. A job description is below. Call or text Brandi Marshall at (319) 753-8785, or email her your resume at

Employer Information:

Organization Name: Carl A. Nelson & Company 

Job Department: Estimator 

Reports to: VP of Operations Job 

Location: Burlington, IA or Cedar Falls, IA 

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Principal Objective of Position:

Develop cost estimates for construction projects as required. This includes conceptual cost estimates, schematic design cost estimates, design development cost estimates, and construction document cost estimates.

Job Functions:

• Review construction documents and understand scope of work to bid

• Execute take-offs of construction documents

• Solicit subcontractor and/or supplier information and pricing

• Analyze alternate means and methods to determine the most economic alternative

• Use software to compile bid

• Develop and maintain resource information on products, vendors, subcontractors, etc.

• Communicate any observed inaccuracies or omissions in quoted items

• Assist project personnel on proposals; participate in transfer of information; assist in the preparation of work plans as requested; pricing of change impacts as required

Other Functions:

• Order bid-bonds and performance and payment bonds as needed

• May be asked to perform other duties as required by business needs

• Upload estimates to job cost

• Evaluate and enter production units for job cost

• Maintain cost/production data and historical costs in estimating database

Key Skills, and Abilities:

• Ability to read and comprehend construction drawings

• Excellent knowledge of computer software programs used in estimating

• Ability to breakdown construction operations into a logical sequence of activities

• Excellent organizational skills

• Strong English verbal and written communication skills.

• General knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records.

• Strong mathematical and computer skills

• Working knowledge of basic functions of spreadsheet software.

• Ability to understand written documents

• Ability to understand and follow flowcharts

• Ability to communicating effectively in verbally or in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience including the ability to explain complex systems in simple terms

• Ability to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making

• Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

• Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times

• Ability to be aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do

• Ability to work individually or as part of a team


• Managing one's own time

• Perform effectively in environments with frequent workload changes and competing demands

• Perform repetitive work according to set procedures

• Perform with frequent interruptions and/or distractions

• Set priorities which accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities

• Adjust priorities quickly as circumstances dictate

• Prioritize assignments and complete work in a timely manner

• Work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction

• Make appropriate job decisions following standard office policies and past precedents

• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers and the public

• Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself to make improvements or take corrective action. Identifying problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions

• Adjust own actions in relation to others' actions

• Review own work for accuracy

Work Environment:

• Generally Indoors, Environmentally Controlled, some work involving visiting prospective job sites may not be environmentally controlled and may contain a variety of hazards

• Variable deadlines

• Frequent contact with others including external and internal customers and vendors through; e-mail, face-to-face discussions, letters and memos and telephone

• Will at times have to deal with conflict situations

• Accuracy of work is critical

• Frequent interruptions

• Fluctuating workload

• Repetitive tasks

• Working individually or with group or team

• May require some overtime subject to Company policies

Tools and Technology Used:

• Desktop computers

• Office Equipment, copiers, scanners, etc.

• Navigate Large Screen Monitor


• Microsoft Office Suite, Word, Excel, Outlook

• Bluebeam

• iSqFt

• Sage Estimating/Job Cost/Project Management

• On Screen Takeoff


High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate), formal College education in related subjects preferred or equivalent related work experience


2 -5 years of estimating experience preferably in industrial, educational, medical and/or commercial buildings.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Standard hours of work are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 40 hours per week. Hours of Work may fluctuate depending on the needs and workload. Some overtime may be required based on Company policy.


Travel to prospective job sites and pre-bid meetings may be required.

Physical Demands and Requirements:

• Sitting – up to 8 hours

• Standing – variable

• Repetitive Motions

• Lifting up to 40lbs.

• Walking and Climbing Stairs

• Reaching with hands and arms

• Stooping, bending, kneeling and

• Use of hands and fingers to handle, feel, and operate office or other equipment or machines

• Normal or corrected normal vision and hearing

• Clear speech

• Extensive use of computer keyboards and screens