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Hanson Professional Services Inc. Estimator in St. Paul, Minnesota

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business. Estimator Hanson Professional Services Inc. is seeking ideal candidates who have past experience supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery efforts or have experience in professional disciplines incidental to disaster recovery with a preferred background in engineering, science or archaeology. We are looking for consultants who are available to join our team for future deployment to locations affected by natural disasters. Hanson has been supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on disaster response and recovery assignments by providing engineering evaluations of damaged public infrastructure, cost estimates, debris monitoring, and environmental services. Performing FEMA Public Assistance is a noble undertaking and great opportunity to give back. You will work helping communities, schools, cities, hospitals, libraries, departments of transportation and organizations recover from disasters. FEMA PA provides you with an opportunity to see how cities and state agencies can work with you to help them secure grants and rebuild. You will be an integral and essential part of this process and will learn many unique skills to help these applicants move ahead. If you're up for the challenge, we've been looking for someone just like you. Join our team and help us lay the foundation for progress and innovation. Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities: Accurately forecasting the scope, cost, and duration of future projects is vital to the survival of any business. Cost estimators develop the cost information that business owners or managers need to make a bid for a contract or to decide on the profitability of a proposed new product or project. They also determine which endeavors are making a profit. The estimator usually records this information in a signed report that is included in the final project estimate. After the site visit, the estimator determines the quantity of materials and labor the firm will need to furnish. This process, called the quantity survey or takeoff, involves completing standard estimating forms, filling in dimensions, numbers of units, and other information. A cost estimator working for a general contractor, for example, estimates the costs of all of the items that the contractor must provide. Also during the takeoff process, the estimator must make decisions concerning equipment needs, the sequence of operations, the size of the crew required, and physical constraints at the site. Allowances for wasted materials, inclement weather, shipping delays, and other factors that may increase costs also must be incorporated in the estimate. After completing the quantity surveys, the estimator prepares a cost summary for the entire project, including the costs of labor, equipment, materials, subcontracts, overhead, taxes, insurance, markup, and any other costs that may affect the project. The chief estimator then prepares the bid proposal for submission to the owner. Construction cost estimators also may be employed by the project's architect or owner to estimate costs or to track actual costs relative to bid specifications as the project develops. For example, one may estimate only electrical work and another may concentrate on excavation, concrete, and forms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has its own process related to cost estimating which is called, The Cost Estimating Format (CEF), and is used primarily for large Projects that may be used when the project will cost more than $47,800 (for fiscal year 1999). On the other hand, projects that cost less than $47,800 are called small projects. A FEMA representative, the Project Officer (PO), is responsible for developing a scope of work for a large project in partnership with State and local representatives. The CEF is then applied to the scope of work to develop a cost estimate for the large project, and that estimate is used