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Design Estimator

1st Shift, Clarence, NY, Full-Time, $22-28/hour (BOE)

Job Summary

Responsible for understanding customer projects, determining most feasible methods of manufacturing, estimating costs and profitability in a fast-paced, every changing environment. Certain projects will be managed through the quote process, engineering, and initial integration into the shop production to assure that customer requirements are fulfilled. Prepare detailed working diagrams for the manufacturing of internal or external products, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assesses cost effectiveness of products, projects, or services.
  • Analyzes prints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates for customer quotes.
  • Consults with vendors, customers, and other departments to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
  • Confers with engineers, managers, and other Team members on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
  • Reviews material and labor requirements, to decide whether it is more cost-effective to produce or purchase components.
  • Maintains estimating/quoting records, reporting systems and procedures.
  • Create prints to meet all customer requirements.
  • Use computer assisted design/drafting equipment and MRP software.  
  • Evaluates Quote to Actual job performance, updates respective quotes as necessary.
  • Reverse engineer products where necessary; produces drawings for shop use or for vendors and subcontractors.

Non-Essential Duties

  • Manage several projects at one time if needed.
  • Maintains safe and clean work environment; maintains compliance with all established company and OSHA safety policies and procedures. 
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviews professional publications; establishes personal networks; benchmarks state-of-the-art practices; may participate in professional societies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of fabricated sheet metal manufacturing.
  • Experience with Solid Works, Auto-Cad or other 3-D Software packages. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel.
  • Ability to multitask and run multiple quotes concurrently, and to effectively cope with change, shift gears comfortably.
  • Proven ability to use sound, practical judgement. Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs workflows and procedures.
  • Translates concepts and information into images; uses feedback to modify designs; applies design principles; demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Significant interaction with customers, vendors, and co-workers requires excellent communication skills; both verbal and written.

Experience and Education

  • Associates degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting or related degree preferred.
  • Two years related experience in estimating with preference for sheet metal fabrication, machining, welding, and powder coat finishing.

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