Job ID
Posted Date
1 month ago(10/28/2022 8:33 AM)
Steel America
Regular Full-Time


Steel America is currently looking for a Senior Estimator within our Fabrication Department.  This is a full-time position with competitive pay, based on experience, and immediate work within our headquarters in Norfolk, VA.


  • Estimate by analyzing blueprints, specifications, proposals, scope of work and other documentation in order to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for fabrication and machining projects
  • Review available plans and specifications to ensure estimate effort is in compliance with all specifications and requirements
  • Inspect projects to validate repair/alteration information and produces estimates based upon those checks for all solicitations assigned; conduct the development of schedules and material procurement lists for all tasks, using Government work specifications, drawings, material lists, SARs, technical manuals, initiate planning and estimating efforts
  • Ensure complete and accurate understanding of work scope through site visits and liaison with requesting activities and other representatives; document and maintain estimate work sheets, material, quotes and other reference material for reviews, advance planning milestones
  • Prepare fixed price bids estimated by using man-hour labor, by skill/trade area and quotes
  • Analyze blue prints, drawing packages, and other documentation to prepare time, labor and material estimates for both shop and shipboard efforts
  • Prepare comparative estimates as a basis for selecting qualified subcontractors
  • Ensure cost estimates are accurate prior to the submission to management for review and pricing
  • Negotiate contract terms, pricing, change orders, and final settlements with clients
  • Analyze requests for proposals and contract terms and advise of potential business risk (warranties, insurance, and indemnification) and enforce provisions of contract
  • Recommend pricing strategy and contract terms to enable contract negotiations+
  • Solicit pricing from material vendors and subcontractors
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in cost estimating for repair, fabrication and assembly work
  • Assist in marketing efforts and follow up of potential customers for work quoted but not contracted. 
  • Analyze cost versus profit to determine the best business strategy to maximize  company's dollar
  • Work independently to complete responsibilities
  • Must have regular, reliable attendance
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in management and/or steel fabrication
  • Hands on experience in contract administration
  • Strong working knowledge of Contract Administration and Contract Management.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the manufacturing process, materials and costing methods for heavy steel fabrication.
  • Hands on experience with FAR, DFAR, and various types of contracts (FFP & T&M).
  • Strong problem solving and negotiation skills. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or other related fabrication experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of AWS, AISC, ABS and ASME code/certification requirements.
  • Knowledge of respective market area, client opportunities, and competitors.
  • Strong problem solving and negotiation skills. 
  • Possess market analysis experience in order to determine present and future material availability. 
  • Strong PC skills to include Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and AutoCAD
  • Project management, painting, and machine shop experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of NAVSEA, NAVFAC and SSPC requirements are preferred but not required

Compensation & Benefits

Position compensation is based on experience.

Our benefits include:
• Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
• 401K
• Paid Time Off (PTO)
• Legal Services
• Annual performance evaluations
• On-site Human Resources
• On-site gym
• Free and close proximity parking
• Employee perks/gifts and more


All resumes are reviewed immediately for consideration.

Colonna’s Shipyard and our affiliates are pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.



These are our VALUES and the guidelines that make us a leader in our industry. We are pleased and confident in stating that our skilled employees are among the most respected experts in the ship repair industry.


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