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Public Transportation Services Corporation (PTSC)
PTSC is an equal employment opportunity employer


Bulletin No:
Job Title:
Closing Date:
Salary Grade:
Salary Range:
$112,902 - $141,107 - $169,312

At Will**

Other Info:

This bulletin is posted to establish or add to a Qualified Candidate Pool(QCP)


Basic Function

To direct and oversee an independent project specific cost estimating and analysis group within Metro’s Office of Program Management.

Example Of Duties

  • Develops, directs, and manages the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the cost estimating function
  • Coordinates major cost estimating and cost/price analysis activities
  • Assists in the development and modification of Metro’s long and short range transit plans
  • Directs the preparation and administration of the division budget for area of responsibility
  • Confers with Metro management regarding cost estimating and cost/price analysis
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and Metro rules, regulations, and policies
  • Analyzes complaints occurring in performance of cost estimates and cost/price analysis
  • Develops strategies to resolve potential problems on major cost estimates and cost/price analysis
  • Represents Metro in meetings with representatives of governmental agencies and professional and business organizations
  • Monitors developments related to Estimating Department and evaluates the impact upon Metro operations; recommends and implements policy and procedural improvements
  • Schedules and participates in scope definition and fact finding meetings
  • Negotiates resolution of cost estimating and pricing issues
  • Prepares comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Develops, manages, and conducts training
  • Supervises subordinate staff
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the EEO policies and programs of Metro are carried out

Requirements For Employment

  • Bachelor's degree - Engineering, Construction Management, or other related field
  • 3 years' principal or supervisory-level experience working directly on the design and construction of large or major civil or facilities projects as a construction cost estimator with a minimum of 1 year in the transit industry
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications (PQs) are used to identify relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) as determined by business necessity. These criteria are considered preferred qualifications and are not intended to serve as minimum requirements for the position. PQs will help support selection decisions throughout the recruitment. In addition, applicants who possess these PQs will not automatically be selected.

The following is the preferred qualification:
  • Experience applying heavy civil construction methods, such as solider pile, lagging excavation support systems, and temporary street decking systems
  • Experience developing quantities of work and materials from construction contract plans and specifications
  • Experience supervising and directing the work of a cost estimating group
  • Experience analyzing construction contract claims and evaluating claimed costs
  • Experience utilizing estimating software such as Sage (Timberline), HCSS (HeavyBid) and Trimble (Accubid) or similar
  • State of California Professional Engineering License, State of California Class A Contractor's License, ASPE Professional Estimator Certification, or AACE Estimating Professional Certification


  • Theories, principles, and practices of construction, engineering, cost estimating, parametrics, price/cost analysis, and government contract pricing
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Engineering and construction concepts and techniques
  • Construction methods for rail transit guideways, highways, streets, and bridges
  • Construction methods for buildings, reinforced concrete and steel structures, and equipment relating to transportation systems
  • Construction Industry Codes and Unit Cost Data
  • Sources of estimating data in the construction industry
  • Personal computers, including use of cost estimating and spreadsheet software
  • Modern management theory


  • Oversee and direct the work of the Cost Estimating Department
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, implement solutions, and evaluate outcome
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex data
  • Understand, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Establish and implement policies and procedures
  • Determine strategies to achieve goals
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Supervise and motivate subordinate staff and consultants in several project field offices
  • Provide technical training and direction, commitments, and recommendations for action to be taken by Metro
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Selection Procedure

Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Application Procedure

To apply, visit Metro's website at and complete an online Employment Application. (TS)

Computers are available to complete online Employment Applications at the following Metro location:

METRO Headquarters, Employment Office
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 922-6217 or persons with hearing or speech impairments can use California Relay Service 711 to contact Metro.

All completed online Employment Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

*Open to the public and all Metro employees

This job bulletin is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform other related job duties.