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Date: Feb 16, 2018

Location: MIAMI, FL, US, 33172

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Requisition No: 25836 

Agency: Department of Transportation

Working Title: ESTIMATES SPECIALIST - 55009122

Position Number: 55009122 

Salary:  $37,547.99 - $48,591.52 

Posting Closing Date: 03/02/2018 





618/Program Management





READVERTISEMENT: Previous Applicant’s Need Not Apply


CONTACT PERSON:  Maurilio Reyes

CONTACT PHONE NUMBER:   305-470-5186


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  You may be required to provide your Social Security Number to conduct required verifications. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion in the Career Service, or appointment in the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.


In accordance with Section 110.112, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Department of Transportation’s Individuals with Disabilities Affirmative Action Plan, the agency is committed to ensuring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Upon request and as appropriate, reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities may be provided.  Interested persons should contact the Florida Department of Transportation’s Equal Opportunity Office located at 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 or call (850) 414-4747 for assistance. 


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Establish or update construction cost estimates on simple and/or routine projects in the Department’s Work Program utilizing the Long Range Estimating (LRE) System or Design Quantities & Estimates System.   This requires obtaining the latest scope of work for the project and determining unit prices based on the latest cost data and trends available.  Provide updated construction cost estimates on all projects in the 5-year Work Program for the annual review. 


Prepare authorization and official cost estimates on simple and/or routine projects utilizing the Design Quantities & Estimates (DQE) System to establish pay item unit prices.  This requires a technical evaluation of construction plans, specifications, assessment of historical bid prices, knowledge of geographic pricing fluctuations, understanding of bidding competition in the project area and other related impacts to construction cost.  Utilize DQE to determine reasonable unit prices for proposal pay items.  Post authorization estimate to Central Office’s server and timely transfer control of proposals and projects to Central Office (CO) for class 1 construction contracts.


Prepare post-bid evaluations on simple and/or routine projects for District projects identified on the contract bid review list.  Run the unbalanced items report, notice to contractor form and prepare other contract bid review documents necessary in accordance with Department procedures.  Obtain completed and signed documents, as required by procedure, from the appropriate personnel and/or low bid contractor.  Assist with determining root cause(s) of major differences between the contractor's bid and the Department's estimate that will justify award or rejection of the contract. 


 Provide construction cost estimating support for various offices in the District.  Perform cost comparisons for alternate methods of construction.  Prepare various reports and correspondence as required.  Provide current State and District construction cost information to various offices, county officials and private consultant firms, as needed.


 Assist with quality assurance reviews conducted periodically by CO.


 Provide District Contracts Office with contract class breakouts for District Let contracts.


 Review cost estimates on joint project agreements with utility owners.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of basic math and geometry; Knowledge of construction cost estimating software; Knowledge of cost estimating for highway construction; Knowledge of design pay items, specifications and historical bid unit cost data; Skill in using engineering software, tools and equipment; Skill in using Microsoft products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Skill in communication, including verbal, written and active listening; Ability to apply engineering quantitative techniques to estimate construction cost; Ability to use databases, spreadsheets, and word processing software; Ability to communicate engineering and technical information; Ability to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships; Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and perform multiple work assignments; Ability to understand, interpret and analyze design plans, specifications, construction cost data and contract documents; Ability to follow written and verbal instructions; Ability to acquire data for reports


OTHER JOB RELATED REQUIREMENTS:  During a declared emergency event, the incumbent will be required to assist the District as needed.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A high school diploma or its equivalent and two years of relevant employment experience or; an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university or; two years of higher education with a cumulative of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours.


As a CANDIDATE, you may be required to provide documentation (i.e. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENCY, college transcripts, ETC.) to verify meeting these Minimum Qualifications.


A Competitive Area Differential (CAD) additive in the amount of $1,976.00 will be added to the annual salary.



If you are a preference-eligible applicant who receives notice of a hiring decision and believe that you were not afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law and regulation, you may file a written complaint within 60 calendar days from the date you receive the notice, requesting an investigation to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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