Sr Capital Project Cost Estimator (5009)

Category:  Engineering
Facility:  SEPTA Headquarters
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Jul 12, 2024
Req ID:  4953


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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the sixth largest transportation system in the United States, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and commuter rail serving a 2,200 square mile service region. SEPTA has become an integral force in the economic success of the Philadelphia region, providing an efficient and reliable source of transportation. 


We are seeking candidates for the position of Sr Capital Project Cost Estimator (5009) in the Strategic Initiatives.   


Limited telework may be permitted for this position in accordance with SEPTA Policy



Opening Date: 06/10/2024

Closing Date: 06/24/2024




Job Grade: SAM 40

Salary Range: Min: $76,492.00 - Mid: $95,602.00 - Max: $114,712.00 



To provide cost estimating and planning-related duties for SEPTA’s Capital Programs. These duties include, but are not limited to, reviewing SEPTA’s current Capital Program portfolio and provide estimates to develop budgets. The development of these estimates will require coordination with planning, engineering, operations, and other stakeholders. Candidate will ensure projects have reasonable rough order magnitude estimates on both hard and soft costs to minimize exposure to risk associated with cost over runs.


  1. Provide estimates for all phases of the Capital Program including grant applications, preliminary through final designs, and construction contracts.
  2. Performs quantity take-offs for civil, mechanical, and electrical plans and ensuring technical accuracy of estimates for both in-house estimates and third-party estimates.
  3. Interfaces with Project Managers, Management, Legal Staffs, Designers, Construction Management Consultants, Value Engineering Consultants, and Construction Contractors in the development and review of cost estimates.
  4. Supports Project Managers in developing tasks and estimating man-hours and costs for review of design, construction management and value engineering consultant proposals.
  5. Supports Project Managers in review of bid breakdowns.
  6. Develops, administers, and updates a cost database reflecting the history of contractor bids and actual costs for use in preparing future estimates.
  7. Reviews in-house and contractor change order estimates.
  8. Develops and updates a Market Conditions Index and recommends, a Market Condition adjustment to the requisition value for construction contracts.
  9. Assists the Manager in the development of SEPTA estimating standards and in-house training seminars.
  10. Assist Project Management staff to performs cost analyses for delay claims, etc 
  11. Supports Project Management and Legal staffs in negotiating with construction contractor.
  12. Attends claims analysis and negotiation meetings, when necessary.
  13. Comply with all Authority and departmental safety and security policies and procedures as well as all applicable job safety responsibilities.
  14. Reports any safety concerns, compromises or hazards affecting operations, the public, self and/or other employees.
  15. Responsible for personal safety and is encouraged to promote the safety of others
  16. Performs other duties as required. 


  • B. S. in Engineering or related discipline and five (5) years estimating experience in a construction or project management experience required. 
  • In lieu of B. S. Degree, an Associate’s Degree in engineering or related field with a minimum of nine (9) years construction or project management experience required.
  • Excellent analytical, verbal and written communication skills required.


  • Knowledge on cost estimating software, Ineight Estimate preferred. Knowledge of current CSI Master Format preferred
  • Knowledge of construction materials and method preferred
  • Skill in using a computer and modern office suite software preferred
  • Working with construction drawings from conceptual through contract documents preferred.




SEPTA offers a comprehensive benefits and retirement program for ALL employees, including: 

  • Medical – “Minimal annual premium contribution” 


Benefit plans with “No Employee annual premium contribution”: 

  • Prescription 

  • Dental 

  • Vision 


Additional benefits we offer: 

  • Pension Plan / Retirement Savings 

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan 

  • Voluntary Governmental 457B Deferred Comp Plan 

  • Life Insurance 

  • Tuition Reimbursement 

  • SEPTA Transportation Pass – FREE travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation 

  • SEPTA employees qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program 


SEPTA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.             

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia