Helm Group

Civil Highway Estimator

An Estimator is responsible for preparing and submitting estimates for assigned projects. Types of projects may include; bridges, box culverts, roads, concrete flatwork, retaining walls, water & sewer systems, water & wastewater treatment facilities and dams.

Skills / Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for procuring & buying out work. 
  • Review and gain a thorough understanding of the contract plans & specifications.
  • Note important project information during review of contract documents.
  • Determine scope of work to self-perform and/or subcontract.
  • Determine materials & equipment that will be required to build the project.
  • Using the company database, develop a list of material suppliers and subcontractors to send an invitation to bid.  Work with the Administrative Assistant who will send out the invitations.
  • Utilize estimating computer software (Heavy Bid) and historical data to develop project estimate.
  • Calculate a complete takeoff of scope of work verifying if plan quantities are accurate. Coordinate bid delivery.
  • Communicate project specifics with material suppliers and subcontractors to ensure all scopes are complete.
  • Analyze quote proposals for completeness, accuracy and to determine the low bidder.
  • Prepare scope letters with complete list of inclusions and exclusions.
  • Review bid proposal requirements with Administrative Assistant to ensure all required information is prepared.
  • Submit project information to our bonding company to obtain a Bid Bond.
  • Participate in pre-bid meetings, bid strategy, and presentation meetings as requested.
  • Review all estimates with Lead Estimator and obtain their approval of the final estimate.
  • Support other department personnel as required, may include estimates for change orders or value engineering ideas.
  • For successful bids, create an agenda and lead Turn-over Meeting for project management team.
  • For successful bids, write material purchase orders and assist Administrative Assistant with the development of subcontracts.
  • Well-developed documentation and organization skills
  • People skills necessary to interact in a positive way with a project team, engineers, and owners.
  • Analytical problem-solving techniques.
  • Proactive approach to estimate planning and anticipation of problems
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the methods and materials used in Heavy Highway construction.
  • A working knowledge of estimating tools and techniques.
  • Time management and prioritization skills
  • Articulate and effective communication skills both written and verbal.
  • An understanding of job cost accounting and tracking procedures
  • Proficient with Microsoft software products, chiefly Excel.
  • Ability to learn new software applications, specifically Heavy Bid estimating software if no prior experience.
  • Positive and collaborative attitude
  • Drive for successful completion of work.
  • Eagerness to continuously learn methods and intricacies of construction projects.


Freeport, IL


  • A 4-year degree in engineering or construction management and 2 to 4 years of experience as a Project Supervisor.


  • Sufficient Heavy Highway construction field experience with 3 to 5 years of supervisory responsibilities.

Salary & Benefits:

Range: $120,000-$130,000

Final determination of a successful candidate’s pay is based on job-related knowledge, skills, education, and experience. Helm provides a competitive compensation package that recognizes an individual’s experience and qualifications combined with a benefits package to meet your needs.

As a valued member of the Helm team, your benefits package will include:

  • 401K plan with matching contributions
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Wellness Programs

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