It may not be "sexy," but being an estimator is a vital component of a construction company, says Ty Freeland, corporate recruiting manager for Flatiron Corp., a heavy-construction firm.
Estimators generally project the time, labor and cost of each project and coordinate with designers, builders and subcontractors. Their numbers can decide if a company gets a job -- or underbids and goes broke. "It's all in the details," Freeland says.
The right person for the job should have a degree in civil engineering, at least 10 years of experience in the heavy-highway industry and some hands-on construction experience.
Previous experience in the military is also plus, Freeland says. "Solid leadership and integrity goes a long way." As does out-of-the-box thinking, since there are great opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment, like building a bridge in a way that does not disturb the surrounding wetlands.