Construction Cost Estimator- 90172666 - Groton

Date: Nov 23, 2022

Location: Groton, Connecticut, US, 06340

Company: Amtrak

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The Project Controls Specialist (Cost Engineering & Control) is responsible for using and improving existing enterprise tools, systems and work processes to assist Project Management Practitioners in effective development, management control and reporting on budget estimates and progress measurement for a moderately complex project. Individuals in this role may develop project dashboards, schedules, cost performance reports and risk registers in close collaboration with the assigned Project Manager and other team members. Lead Project Control Specialists work under moderate supervision of a senior-level Controls Practitioner or PMO Director and may matrix into a project or program team.


• Assures compliance with department and enterprise practices on project budgeting, change management, scheduling, and/or cost engineering, and related project-specific requirements.
• Works with the Project Manager and team to develop project cost breakdown structure, baseline budget, and risk register using standard templates, methods, and tools within prescribed parameters of the assigned project
• Applies standard construction estimating concepts, practices, methodologies, and/or procedures as well as discipline-specific concepts to develop costs estimates for rail-specific work elements (e.g., electric traction, signals, structures, track) or general construction work elements.
• Performs investigation, including but not limited to market analysis, visits to the field, and interviews of delivery staff (e.g., engineers, superintendents, construction managers), to understand construction means and methods in order to develop adequate cost estimates.
• Collects project performance data (KPIs) such as installed quantities, expended labor and other progress measurement data from enterprise tools (e.g., Maximo) and/or project management staff to assess project/program/portfolio cost performance 
• Tracks potential changes, ensuring suitable assessments of cost and schedule impacts are generated and given visibility with the client and project management
• Integrates cost and schedule data as well as information from vendors and external entities to facilitate schedule and budget performance reporting. Review and analyze customer and vendor program and project budgets as needed.
• Assists the Project Manager with maintenance and baseline reviews of project budgets in accordance with approved project parameters
• Participates in risk evaluation sessions or preconstruction reviews, and ensures risks are documented and assessed in terms of probability and impact to enable project team development of risk mitigation plans and contingencies
• Supports project and portfolio management teams in performing risk-based contingency determination in accordance with department policies, stakeholder requirements, and best practice.
• Supports the intake process of projects by developing and maintaining automated project evaluation tools and workflows
• Generates cost estimating and cost engineering work products to support the development of the Engineering Capital Construction yearly plan, ensuring timely completion of new estimates within assigned portfolio/program/project, ensuring schedule and cost data integrity and consistency, alignment with 5-year plan, and compliance with applicable requirements.
• Monitors actuals and works with other peers to review forecasting against budgets
• Supports project governance and project status review meetings
• Manages project controls data using designated applications or tools (e.g., Ineight Estimates).
• Maintains reference cost estimating data and analyzes variances against actual costs to validate and improve accuracy of estimates.
• Maintains reporting mechanisms, dashboards and presentations about project performance indicators and feed this data to ensure a cohesive picture of project’s contribution to the program and/or portfolio
• Assures quality and timeliness of recurring and ad-hoc deliverables, including but not limited to estimates, schedules, forecasts, reports, analyses, and source data.
• Prepares cost engineering reports, or presentations.  
• Identifies opportunities for improvement in processes, methods, or tools
• Performs other related duties

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Science, Business, or a related field.  Required education may be substituted for additional relevant experience in excess of the minimum requirements outlined below, on a two-for-one year basis.
• Required specialized experience in area of assignment:
- Five (5) years’ experience in construction project cost management and project controls, preferably on highly complex or large (>$500 million) projects.  
- Five (5) years direct hands-on experience as an estimator using modern software to develop and maintain multi-discipline estimates for large complex projects.

• PMP or PMI-RMP in good standing or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire.
• Valid Driver’s License or ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related functions.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of construction project management through all phases of the construction project lifecycle
• Understanding of principles and practices of construction contract administration, contracting methods and types; standard conditions of construction and engineering contracts (AIA, EJCDC).
• Familiarity with tools, techniques, and procedures related to project schedule management, control, and forecasting in large and/or complex capital construction projects
• Knowledge of project risk management principles, practices, standards, and methods, including understanding of schedule risk analysis and Monte Carlo method. 
• Applied knowledge of statistical analysis methods
• Experienced in processes, methods, techniques, standards, and best practices of construction project cost estimation, cost management, and earned value management in large and/or complex capital construction projects.
• Experience employing modern software tools and cost databases (e.g., Hard Dollar, RSMeans) to develop and maintain cost estimates on large and/or complex construction projects and extracting data to generate analysis and status reports.
• Integration of estimating and scheduling processes, tools, systems, and data.  
• Use of internal financial system data or external benchmarking to validate and improve estimates.
• Understanding of project financial reporting, forecasting, and analysis and monitoring capital project / program / portfolio funding and/or budget.
• Ability to clearly organize and present project portfolio reports, and other related portfolio technical information 
• Ability to research, analyze, evaluate performance gaps, and implement new business processes, tools, methods, and techniques to improve performance or output.
• Skill in researching, analyzing, and applying contracts, agreements, policies, laws, rules, and regulations to ensure compliance at all levels within areas of responsibility
• Intermediate to advanced Excel user skills
• Intermediate to advanced PowerPoint skills
• Skill in communicating complex information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing across all levels
• Strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service

• Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in Science, Engineering, or Construction Management.
• Responsible experience with accountability for leading and managing schedule of a large complex capital construction portfolio, project, or a substantial portion thereof.
• Experience performing or leading cost and schedule controls for large or medium-sized capital construction projects, programs, and/or portfolios.
• Familiarity with linear scheduling and TILOS software.
• Prior experience with Primavera P6 and/or Deltek Acumen.
• Capital construction controls experience in the rail industry, oil and gas, energy, or pharmaceutical industry.
• One or more of the following certifications / credentials:
- Oracle Primavera P6 certification
- SP or RMP (PMI)
- Chartered MRICS
- FAC-P/PM Level III 
- CCA, or CDT (CSI)
• Hands-on experience with data analysis and visualization tools like PowerBI
• Experience with database management and data operations (e.g., SQL)
• Experience implementing project control software and tools
• Experience with contract claims defense and avoidance.
• Six Sigma green belt or black belt training or certification

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $75,000 – $97,000.   Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.



Requisition ID:76606
Posting Location(s):Connecticut; Delaware; District of Columbia; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical