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Solar Estimator

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Estimator – Solar Division

Office Location, Hickory, NC

*May be able to work from remote office and travel as needed for bids, estimates, proposals, and to meet with our team in North Carolina on either a weekly or quarterly basis.


Sentry Electrical Group, Inc. is an electrical contractor that constructs medium and high voltage electrical projects on an Engineer, Procure and Construct basis. We are seeking an Estimator with experience estimating complete (full EPC) utility scale (not residential) solar projects to include civil, mechanical and electrical construction.


This position will take the lead and assume responsibility for working with the Solar Division Director and others in planning the scope of work for complete construction of solar projects, including oversight for sound financial and construction methodology. The Estimator will manage all aspects of estimate development with consideration to costs, schedules, scopes of work, materials selection and quality. The Estimator will manage the preparation of RFP/RFQ documentation and specifications to be issued to material suppliers, subcontractors, and Sentry’s own electrical divisions. The Estimator will complete subcontractor and material supplier bid analysis, make selections, and finalize comprehensive proposals to solar project owners.


Estimate complete projects in accordance with Solar industry standards and Sentry Electrical Group’s Company Policies and Procedures.
Work with engineers, operations department, and construction personnel to identify and review work to be estimated, including review of Request for Proposal (RFP), drawings, specifications, and related internally and externally generated documents.
Estimates will include time and material requirements, labor resources (costs and quantities) and where necessary, the estimator will analyze regional labor rates and per diems to be used in the estimate.
Working with Engineering and Design teams, the Estimator will prepare material take-offs, develop corresponding estimates as well as obtaining quotations from vendors and subcontractors for materials and contracted tasks not being performed by the Company.
Confer with internal and external groups (engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors) on changes and adjustments to cost estimates
Identify opportunities, risks and contingencies throughout the project duration.

Essential Qualifications:

Prefer BS degree in a business or engineering discipline program
Ability to layout (pre-engineered) Solar Arrays on Client’s or Owner’s land
Knowledge of personal computers and software applications with MS office application proficiency and experience utilizing B2W heavy construction software and Building Connected bid management software.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience estimating solar construction projects with detailed knowledge and experience applying estimating fundamentals
Excellent oral and written communications skills including the ability to author and make presentations, writing technical documents, letters and preparing invoices.
Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills and ability to develop and maintain relationships (internal and external).
General understanding of Fixed Price, Time & Materials, Cost Plus and per Unit contract pricing mechanisms
Ability to travel to project sites, assess project performance, site conditions, and revise affected estimates accordingly.

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