Plumbing/HVAC Estimator

Location Vista
Contact name: Eric Dickerson

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Job ref: 5751
Published: 12 months ago

Job Title: Commercial Plumbing/HVAC Estimator

Location: San Diego, CA

Job Description:

We are currently seeking an experienced Commercial Plumbing/HVAC Estimator to join our team in San Diego, CA. This is a full-time, in-house role that demands a candidate with a stable, local work history and at least 5 years of experience in commercial plumbing and HVAC estimating. Proficiency with Trimble Autobid or similar on-screen takeoff (OST) software is required. Candidates with project experience in labs, high-tech facilities, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry will be prioritized.


  • Prepare comprehensive cost estimates for commercial plumbing and HVAC projects based on construction drawings, specifications, and other documentation.
  • Use Trimble Autobid or similar OST software to produce accurate and competitive estimates.
  • Evaluate and analyze plans, specifications, proposals, and other documentation to prepare bid estimates for projects.
  • Compile itemized lists and estimates for material and labor requirements.
  • Collaborate with engineers, architects, owners, and contractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
  • Maintain relationships with key vendors; ensuring we receive the best price and service for each project.
  • Provide consultation on project planning (schedules, manpower needs, etc.) as necessary.
  • Attend pre-bid meetings, site visits, and project meetings as required.


  • Minimum 5 years of commercial plumbing and HVAC estimating experience.
  • Proficiency in Trimble Autobid or similar OST software.
  • Prior experience with labs, high-tech facilities, hospitals, and pharmaceutical projects is highly desirable.
  • Ability to interpret computerized cost data and systems.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with a high level of accuracy in calculations and attention to detail.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Local applicants with a stable work history are preferred.