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


Bulletin No:
Job Title:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled
Salary Grade:
Salary Range:
$120,994 - $151,216 - $181,459
Open Until Filled openings may be closed at any time without notice.

At Will**

Other Info:

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


Basic Function

Serves as primary member of the estimating team with the overall responsibility for the creation of budgets and estimates, and provides direction and oversees an independent project, specific cost estimating, and analysis group within Metro′s Office of Program Management.

Example Of Duties

  • Provides direction and oversight of the cost estimating and cost/price analysis activities, methods, and processes for all projects bid
  • Reviews project plans and specifications and coordinates with the team to confirm complete scope
  • Develops, establishes, and manages the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, standardized procedures, and work standards for the cost estimating function
  • 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; develops change orders
  • Prepares comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Develops, manages, and conducts training for estimating resources
  • Supervises, mentors, and motivates assigned 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 assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Requirements For Employment

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field


  • Five years of relevant management-level experience working directly on the design and construction of large or major civil or facilities projects as a construction cost estimator

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.

  • Experience applying high level cost estimating in capital construction projects
  • Experience utilizing Construction Estimating and Construction Bidding Software (e.g., Sage Timberline, Heavy Bid, On-Screen Take Off, etc.)
  • Experience negotiating with contractors to meet set goals, budgets, and deadlines
  • Experience applying heavy civil construction methods, such as soldier pile, lagging excavation support systems, and temporary street decking systems
  • Experience managing and directing the work of cost estimators


  • 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, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and civil engineering
  • 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
  • Applicable business software applications
  • Modern management theory


  • Overseeing and directing the work of the Cost Estimating Department
  • Establishing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, implementing solutions, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Preparing comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Supervising, training, mentoring, and motivating assigned staff and consultants in several project field offices


  • Think and act independently
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex data
  • Mediate and negotiate consensus solutions
  • Make financial decisions within a budget
  • Understand, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • 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. Telephone: (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. (SA)

*Open to the public and all Metro employees

**This is an At-Will position and employee serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.

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.