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Estimator, Repair Contracts

Date: Apr 20, 2022

Location: San Diego, CA, US, 92113

Company: National Steel and Shipbuilding Com

Job Posting End Date: 05/19/2022

Shift:                               1st

Security Clearance:      No Clearance





Develop labor and material estimates for both shop and shipboard repair work on US Government vessels using drawings, specifications, and job site examinations for shipboard and other estimate considerations. Solicit, evaluate, and negotiate subcontractor and material price proposals for incorporation into Prime Contractor proposals. Deliver proposals in a timely manner to the Government and negotiate or justify them as necessary. Works primarily from the office but performs frequent job site inspections. Collaborates with various NASSCO trades, supervisors, and managers to scope estimates.



  • Develop comprehensive cost and price proposals containing all information necessary for the Company to accomplish the growth work requested by the Customer
  • Develop and maintain documentation and business systems (e.g., SMARTS) in support of Estimate development, Procurement, and Production execution
  • Abide by the instructions and standards set forth in NASSCO’s “Standards and Business Conduct” (Fifth Edition)
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned



  • High school graduate or equivalent.  Related trade experience or college course work is desirable
  • Knowledge of shipboard nomenclature and ship layout/design is desirable. Must be capable and willing to perform frequent job site inspections to assess all considerations that impact the Company’s ability to accomplish the scope of work requested by the Customer
  • Knowledge of one major shipyard trade (shipfitting, welding, machining, electrical, sheet metal, pipefitting, or painting) required. A college degree or three-plus years of waterfront experience exempt applicants from this requirement
  • Ability to read and interpret contractual requirements and work specifications, including the ability to read engineering/design drawings and clarify requirements with Government customers
  • Interface with personnel from various departments, including Ship’s Management and Production, to ensure quality and thoroughness of estimates; receive and incorporate feedback into estimates for continuous improvement
  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Outlook and familiar with proper e-mail formatting and etiquette
  • Must be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, and competent in the use of Microsoft Excel. Experience with Excel formulas and VBA code not required, but desirable


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to climb vertical ladders to perform frequent ship inspections.  Physical dexterity must allow for bending and reaching.  Must be able to handle stressful situations.  Must be physically able to commute to various areas of shipyard.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often exposed to dust, welding/burning fumes, and smoke.  The noise level can be low to extremely noisy, and may include sirens, horns, crane movement, chipping, and hammering.



Reports directly to the assigned Contract Supervisor while working with the Manager of Repair Contracts, Estimating Advisor, and other Contracts employees in a matrix environment. Interfaces with other estimators, production supervisors, subcontractors, suppliers, and Government customers while developing, proposing, and negotiating estimates.  Estimators are required to plan and schedule their work to fit within the overall schedule set by the Manager of Repair Contracts.



This position has a direct impact on the Company’s ability to meet existing contractual requirements and maintain a profit on current contracts.





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