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Assistant Estimator

Location: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 01-07-2020
Location Name: Oregon Headquarters
Wage: Depends on Experience


A Cochran Assistant Estimator performs plan and specification reviews, quantity take-off’s and estimating software data entry under the direction of a Senior Estimator or Preconstruction Manager.

Cochran offers a competitive salary and a number of "top notch" benefits including, but not limited to: 100% employer paid Medical, Vision and Dental for the employee and 50% on their dependents, 401(k) and a generous PTO policy.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The following are the duties associated with being a Cochran Assistant Estimator.  Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Specification and plan review.
  2. Accurate quantity take-off ‘s and entry into estimating software
  3. Obtain quotes from material vendors and subcontractors
  4. Assist with preparation of Cochran bid responses.
  5. Excel worksheets, bills of materials, etc.
  6. Estimate reviews with manager/supervisor


To perform the job of Assistant Estimator successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  1. Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problem in a timely manner;
  2. Customer Service – Responds promptly to estimating needs of the team, Responds to requests for pricing assistance; Meets commitments.
  3. Technical Skills - – Pursues training and development opportunities.
  4. Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.  Writes clearly and informatively.  Fluently and clearly speaks and writes in English.
  5. Team Work –Contributes to building a positive team spirit. 
  6. Quality Management – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.  Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.
  7. Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction.   Is consistently at work and on time.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Two year certificate from college or technical school and 2+ years of experience in the electrical construction industry and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Understanding of electrical theory and basic electrical installation is beneficial.  

Language Ability

Ability to read, analyze, interpret and understand general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, blueprint drawings, project specifications, and governmental regulations.  Ability to write proposals, reports and business correspondence.

Math Ability

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.  

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have intermediate to expert knowledge of Microsoft Word processing software, and spreadsheet software.  

Certificates and Licenses

Working knowledge of the National and State Electrical Codes (NEC, WAC) preferred but not required.  

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.    

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may vary.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk stand, sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

Reports To

Preconstruction Manager