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CBRE Estimator in Topeka, Kansas


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GWS Segment

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Areas of Interest

Engineering/Maintenance, Facilities Management, Quantity Surveying


Remote - US - Remote - US - United States of America

About The Role

The purpose of the Estimator position is to estimate project costs based on information provided or collected and create estimate documentation for use by the sales team including written proposals, written statements of work, pricing summaries, and pricing analysis. The ideal candidate will have a background in facilities building management or SMART Systems, HVAC systems, video monitoring systems, and access control systems.

What You’ll Do

  • Utilize skills, experience, and independent judgment to assist in the selection of devices, components, and the determination of labor hours for the development of estimates.

  • Communicate with vendors and subcontractors to obtain pricing and installation quotes.

  • Take-off and estimate projects while maintaining company profit margins by evaluating design alternatives for cost, profitability, and system performance.

  • Participate in project kickoff meetings, and work in concert with other departments to ensure the success and profitability of the project.

  • Prepare project bid documents and on-site surveys for retrofit-type projects.

  • Prepare accurate and detailed construction cost estimates in a Bill of Quantities or similar format, from high-level conceptual design through final construction document completion

  • Research regional pricing of material and labor using published documents and market data.

  • Interface with clients or cost/project management team to define cost requirements and goals and issue recommendations as needed.

  • Set up estimate work breakdown structure to align with budget and cost reporting system.

  • Prepare detailed bid analysis and review sessions with project teams and senior management to validate a quantity record booklet (or equivalent) submitted by contractors/subcontractors.

  • Support the Cost Manager when reviewing and approving large change orders and review invoices submitted for review and approval during the project.

What You’ll Need

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Design or Engineering Technology or a combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience with estimating mechanical systems application and design.

  • Knowledge of commercial Heating & Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and control systems.

  • Knowledge of Network architecture, Access Control systems, and Video Monitoring Systems is preferred.

  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software including Microsoft Office, Outlook, Google Drive, and other applications.

  • Must be able to read and understand HVAC/R mechanical drawings, plumbing drawings, and electrical drawings including wiring diagrams, and schematics.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills.

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States without the need for visa sponsorship now or in the future.


CBRE offers excellent and comprehensive benefits including Health Insurance, 401(K), Dental, Vision, Life insurance, and more!

We lead by example, guided by the needs of the cities we inhabit, the communities we build and the world we live in.

CBRE carefully considers multiple factors to determine compensation, including a candidate’s education, training, and experience. The minimum salary for the Estimator position is $70,000 annually and the maximum salary for the Estimator position is $80,000 annually. The compensation that is offered to a successful candidate will depend on the candidate’s skills, qualifications, and experience. Successful candidates will also be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on CBRE’s applicable benefit program.

The application window is anticipated to close on x and may be extended as needed. To express interest in similar roles, visit CBRE.com/careers

Equal Employment Opportunity: CBRE is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

Candidate Accommodations: CBRE values the differences of all current and prospective employees and recognizes how every employee contributes to our company’s success. CBRE provides reasonable accommodations in job application procedures for individuals with disabilities. If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request via email at recruitingaccomodations@cbre.com or via telephone at +1 866 225 3099 (U.S.) and +1 866 388 4346 (Canada).

NOTE: Some, but not all, of our positions may have an additional requirement to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing. If you have questions about the requirement(s) for this position, please inform your Recruiter.

CBRE, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (Women/Minorities/Persons with Disabilities/US Veterans)