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Senior Specialist Engineering - Estimating

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

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Marketing Statement

Want to play a key role in the development and implementation of Metro's critical infrastructure projects? Metro's Office of Infrastructure is seeking several experienced Senior Cost Specialists to work within the newly developed and highly collaborative Project Controls department. These positions will play integral roles across the agency by assisting with determining funding needs and managing project costs from project inception to closeout. Each of the successful candidates will be focused on overseeing a specific phase of project development and/or implementation. These include…
  • Conceptual Cost Lead
  • Construction Contract Cost Lead
  • Change Order Cost Lead

The ideal candidates will have experience in conceptual (rough order of magnitude) and detailed estimating of construction projects with a demonstrated ability to work in a diverse organization of internal and external stakeholders. They would also have a desire to focus on cost from an overall owner perspective, ability to lead initiatives tied to their perspective development phases, and knowledge of Federal estimating requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction, or related field.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a High School Diploma or GED and 4 years of engineering cost estimating experience will be considered.

  • Ten (10) years demonstrated cost estimating experience with experience in 3 or more of the following areas: project management, project development, site engineering, value engineering, constructability reviews, project scheduling, project phasing, construction project negotiations and/or proposal review.

  • Possession of a valid District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia Motor Vehicle operator's license from jurisdiction of residence.

  • Technical experience in the transit or rail industry
  • Certifications and Licensures related to industry are not required, but are preferred:
    • Professional Engineer (PE)
    • Project Management Professional (PMP)
    • Certified Cost Consultant / Certified Cost Engineer (CCC/CCE)
    • Other Industry Related Certifications and Licensures

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary

The Senior Specialist Engineer Cost Estimating provides cost estimation, engineering and construction expertise to assist in the development of Capital Improvement Projects, new project designs, project value assessments and technical reviews. The engineer is responsible for developing complete, detailed cost estimates of all estimate types (i.e. Detailed I.C.E., Budget, ROM, and Reviews), using various estimating methods (i.e. Bottoms-up, Parametric, Analogous, and Three-Point), for construction projects involving a multitude of standard and specialty disciplines (i.e. architectural, electrical, mechanical, civil, track work, AC switchgear, radio coverage, and others). The engineer serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on detailing project costs which includes elements of, but not limited to: material, labor, equipment, subcontractors, facilities costs, schedule, quality control, testing, design, industry standards and market conditions. Work is often performed in high pressure situations under tight deadlines, while adhering to Authority policies, departmental guidelines, and proper cost estimating practices.

Essential Functions
  • Prepares detailed and accurate independent construction cost estimates, (to include material, labor, equipment, subcontracts, design, indirect, markups, risk, etc.) for invitations for bid (IFB) projects, design build projects, project change orders, and engineering and/or architectural concepts. Work product supports all levels of design stages (conceptual, schematic design, design development and construction documents) to include installation or modification of all disciplines of work (General Conditions, Existing Conditions and Demolition, Architectural, Fire Protection and Fire Suppression, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, Communication, ESS, Site and Infrastructure, Site Civil, Utilities, Transportation, Track Work, Traction Power, Automatic Train Control, Fare Collection, Civil, Engineering Design, and Facilities).
  • Performs constructability analysis of projects, schedules, and project documents to improve the development of accurate construction documents, with engineers, architects, project teams and department managers. Offers recommendation for revisions to construction documents.
  • Provides technical expertise, on industry best practices, including but not limited to computing unit cost data, acquiring adequate funding, and/or improving design drawings and scopes of work.
  • Creates and maintains cost data on construction and material cost trends related to WMATA specific construction activities, materials, and equipment.
  • Reviews and analyzes estimates, and claims performed by others for accuracy and completeness. Performs independent review of Contractor's proposals and cost information, to determine the merit, validity and reasonableness of cost data presented by Contractor.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Other Functions
  • Builds effective relationships with internal stakeholders such as, design teams, project teams, engineers, architects, departments, program managers, specialty contractors, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers.
  • Stays up-to-date and well-informed on the latest standards, information and construction trends, both internally and externally, that affect all aspects of cost used to prepare construction estimates and claims analysis. Maintains current knowledge of industry standards and markets, and provides the most accurate, fair and reasonable cost estimates and claims analysis based on recognized, documented and quantifiable methods. Adapts in understanding and utilizing various estimate methods and techniques of a project based on the size and scope of work. Maintains relationships with various subcontractors, vendors and suppliers.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, "America's Transit System" transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to the landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Metro has earned a worldwide reputation for security and architectural beauty. WMATA is clearly the employer of choice for over 10,000 area residents. The Authority was created in 1967 by an interstate compact to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the National Capital area. Construction of the Metrorail system began in 1969. Four area bus systems were acquired in 1973. The first phase of Metrorail began operation in 1976. The final leg of the original 103-mile rail network was completed in early 2001. Metrorail now operates 83 stations. One line extension and three new stations are now under construction.

Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square-mile area. The transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Overall, about 40 percent of the region's residents commute to work on Metro.

Metro and the federal government are partners in transportation. Half of the 83 Metrorail stations serve federal facilities and 36 percent of the local federal workforce uses Metro. We are committed to being an integral part of the Washington metropolitan area by ensuring the best in safe, reliable, cost-effective and responsive transit services, by promoting regional mobility and by contributing toward the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community. Employees are Metro.; We are committed to providing a working environment that fosters a high standard of performance, recognition for contributions and innovations, mutual respect and a healthy quality of life.

We are committed to developing ourselves through technology, training and education. We recognize our diversity as a source of strength that enables us to attain individual and Authority goals. In addition to competitive salaries, Metro employees enjoy a number of attractive benefits. These benefits include paid time off in the form of vacations, holidays and sick leave; medical, dental, life insurances as well as long term disability. Retirement is planned for through a defined contribution plan and a deferred compensation plan. Alternative work schedules, teleworking and free transportation on Metrorail and Metrobus make for an great benefits package for WMATA employees.Jump to our website to apply online for current openings and save the link for future vacancies as they occur.



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