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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:
$102,045 - $127,566 - $153,067

At Will**

Other Info:

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


Basic Function

Performs highly complex cost estimating assignments and estimating quality assurance audits for planning, designing, building, operating, and maintaining Metro's transportation projects; supervises both internal and external project specific estimating teams; participates in identifying best practices for continuous improvement; and ensures that Metro employees′, passengers′, and the general public′s safety is the primary consideration.

Example Of Duties

  • Performs highly complex cost estimating assignments and estimating quality assurance audits for planning, designing, building, operating, and maintaining Metro's transportation projects
  • Performs technical quality reviews and evaluates cost estimates′ deliverables and cost analysis performed by assigned staff
  • Serves as Estimate Project Team Technical Lead and serves as a technical expert in cost estimating and analysis work
  • Supervises lower-level cost estimators
  • Supervises consultant estimating teams regarding technical compliance with Metro′s statement of work, technical specifications, estimating standards, and project objectives
  • Supervises project specific estimating teams that are internal to Metro Estimating and integrated Metro and consultant estimating teams in project field offices
  • Evaluates accuracy and quality of estimating staff quantity takeoffs
  • Reviews, interprets, and comments on major project designs, drawings, and statements of work developed by user departments and consultants
  • Prepares and presents technical cost estimating reports
  • Participates in price negotiations
  • Conducts construction/project site visits, making notes of the project site such as geographical features, access to infrastructure, resources needed, and other relevant information in order to make a comprehensive project estimate
  • Adheres to department/unit budget, goals, strategic plan, and schedules which comply with agency-wide fiscal responsibility
  • 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

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 two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Construction Management, Public Administration, or a related field
  • Six years of relevant experience or three years of relevant supervisory-level experience in cost estimating or contract pricing for major capital projects
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 are the preferred qualifications:

  • Experience developing work plans for individual construction activities and summary level project schedules
  • Experience reviewing and analyzing construction claims
  • Experience estimating construction direct and indirect costs, including field overhead, home office overhead, contingencies, and profit
  • 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 utilizing estimating software such as Sage (Timberline), HCSS (HeavyBid), and Trimble (Accubid) or similar
  • Experience utilizing takeoff software, such as PlanSwift or similar

Certifications/Licenses / Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • California Professional Engineering (PE) License, ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) Professional Estimator Certification, or AACE (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) Estimating Professional Certification preferred
  • Exposure to physical hazards during site visits


  • Theories, principles, and practices of construction, engineering, cost estimating, and contract pricing
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Construction methods for rail transit guideways, highways, streets, bridges, buildings, reinforced concrete and steel structures, and equipment relating to transportation systems
  • Engineering and construction concepts and techniques
  • Construction methods for storm drain, sewer, and water, power, and communication utilities
  • Construction industry codes and unit cost data
  • Sources of estimating data in the construction industry such as labor and equipment productivity rates, composition of standard crews, construction cost indexes, etc.
  • Applicable business software applications

  • Developing construction labor rates with all fringe benefits, payroll taxes, and insurance
  • Developing work plans for individual construction activities
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, problem solving, and recommending solutions
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Preparing comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives


  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex technical and cost data
  • Supervise, train, and motivate staff and provide technical guidance
  • Mediate and negotiate consensus solutions
  • Make financial decisions within a budget
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, contract terms and conditions, engineer drawings, and technical statements of work
  • 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.