Senior Mechanical Estimator Job in Vancouver for Modern Niagara |

Senior Mechanical Estimator

November 24 2022
Industries Construction, Maintenance
Categories Trades, Technicians, Construction, Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain, Purchasing
Vancouver, BC • Part time

Modern Niagara helps building owners, managers, and general contractors meet the mechanical, electrical, integrated building technology, and building services needs of their buildings across Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Southwestern Ontario, and Ottawa. We also develop custom, turnkey solutions to help reach the desired outcomes. We are committed to having a positive and meaningful impact on Canada’s infrastructure and on the communities where we live, learn, work, and heal.


We value passion, initiative, determination, professionalism, and teamwork and we are committed to ensuring that our teams have everything they need to succeed. Health and safety are embedded in everything we do and, as a result, our award-winning safety culture has a record that’s well above industry standards.

At Modern Niagara, you will work alongside values-driven, safety-conscious, and high-impact teams in a fast-paced, innovative, and collaborative environment. Here, your knowledge, skills, and excellent service will help ensure that the buildings that make up Canada’s infrastructure fulfill the needs they were set out to meet.

Modern Niagara is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and is a recipient of SMACNA‘s Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) – Canada and the Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) Magazine’s Gold Winner for Canada’s Safest Employers Award in the Building and Construction category and Excellence Winner for Canada’s Best Health + Safety Culture Award as well as Canada’s Best Health + Safety Leader Award.

We are seeking a highly organized and detail-oriented Senior Mechanical Estimator to join our Estimating team in our North Vancouver office and be an integral part of delivering continued success within this department.

In addition to your day-to-day Estimating responsibilities which include: preparing accurate tender prices from the available information such as drawings and specifications, as Senior Mechanical Estimator you will also be responsible for providing guidance to junior employees and insights to the Modern Niagara Senior Leadership Team across trends within the market.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performing quantity takeoffs including entry into estimating software
  • Preparation, final review, and submission of Bid Documents to ensure all bid requirements are met
  • Assemble all elements of an estimate including labour, material, equipment, and subcontractor pricing
  • The ability to prepare takeoffs using drawings and documents that may be less than 100% complete
  • Understand the labour variances between project types and apply appropriate correction factors
  • Provide detailed labor breakdowns for each area to assist with budget creation and management of the project
  • Prepares budgets for prospective projects
  • Attend and participate in site visits, pre-bid meetings, and post-bid meetings as required
  • Participate in estimating turnover meetings with the project team to assist with the planning and budget process
  • Establish strong relationships with suppliers and sub-trades to ensure sound and competitive pricing is received
  • Reviewing project to develop a win strategy
  • Reviewing final cost report with the project team and develop for historical information
  • Interpret client and design information and have sufficient industry and design knowledge to interpret and include for a complete system.
  • Ability to critically review request for proposals, preliminary designs, estimates, proposals, and both external and internal information to enable best decisions to be made in consultation with management.
  • Ability to decide as part of a team which projects have potential for MNV to pursue and execute and which to decline, based on backlog, complexity, schedule, client, resources, and target market.
  • Timing of all duties and responsibilities as set up by the Estimating Policy and/or reviewed during estimating meetings

Qualifications and Job Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma in mechanical or construction technology or other relevant technology field OR;
  • Extensive experience in a mechanical contracting trade (Eng or CET considered an asset) OR,
  • 10+ years’ relevant Mechanical Estimating experience with strong exposure across organizing and preparing cost estimates and proposals for construction projects within a field or office setting
  • Works effectively in a team environment
  • Produce detailed estimates, and or proposal development for opportunities.
  • Strong understanding of specifications, construction methods, and procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, time management, and multi-tasking to prioritize workload and stay on top of things as project demands increase
  • Self-motivated with a strong willingness and ability to learn and be challenged
  • Ability to calculate mathematical extensions, analyze and understand construction drawings, associated documentation, contracts, cost coding systems, and work breakdown structures
  • Computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams, Access, Project) and familiarity with a computerized estimating system (Autobid Mechanical and Autobid Sheetmetal) an asset
  • Excellent organizational and decision-making/problem-solving skills
  • Experience in commercial and institutional projects is an asset

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

At Modern Niagara, we recognize the value of fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization and are committed to eliminating barriers faced by members of equity-seeking groups (women, Indigenous, Black, racialized, LGTBQ2S+, people with disabilities, and new immigrants) in the construction industry. Our DEI vision is to build an organization where everyone has access to the same opportunities, experience equitable outcomes, and can thrive and reach their full potential.

We value the diversity of the people we hire and serve. Modern Niagara is an equal opportunity employer. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please advise us so that suitable accommodations can be made. We can be reached at

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