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State of Massachusetts Project Controls Cost Estimator in Boston, Massachusetts

DCAMM’S Mission


The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is responsible for capital planning, project delivery, property management, and real estate services for the Commonwealth. We are stewards of the Commonwealth’s assets. We care for the people of our state and the future of our planet.

Our job is to work with our state agencies to create and manage forward-thinking, sustainable buildings to meet the needs of our citizens. We are partners with our agencies to help them meet their strategic needs with fiscally responsible building and real estate solutions. We support the growth of our economy and actively engage with our private sector partners to make it easier to do business with the Commonwealth and improve access and opportunity.

Our agency oversees over $2 billion in capital programs and projects. We manage 5.5 million square feet of state buildings, and assist agencies in the sound management of their properties. We are responsible for all real estate activities, including leasing, acquisition and disposition, managing over 100 transactions each year.

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities



The Project Controls Cost Estimator is responsible for working with internal project teams in the Office of Planning and the Office of Design and Construction, as well as with outside consultants to establish the basis of the estimate (BOE) for projects in various stages of development. In this position the cost estimator will complete a wide variety of estimating activities. This position will assist in estimating projects for the Five-year Capital Plan and refine those estimates as the program/project(s) progress through Study, Design and Construction phases. The Cost Estimator will be asked to review potential change orders on specific projects and report back to the Project Team on the validity of the costs submitted.


Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Delivers quality controlled estimates for projects and programs as assigned.

  • Defines and delineates project or program scope utilizing a top down work breakdown structure (WBS), prepares material takeoffs in accordance with the WBS as defined by concept documents, and design drawings, plans and specifications.

  • Develops detailed resource costs for work activities based on the planned schedule of execution, applies project burdens and indirect costs, applies dictated fees and taxes, defines costs associated with contract general conditions, and applies expected margins to produce a reasonable probable project and/or contract cost.

  • Develops basis of the estimate (BOE) narrative that clearly defines estimate methodology, scope, pricing characteristics, escalation, assumptions, and exclusions such that the customer has complete understanding of the content and the components of the delivered estimate of probable cost.

  • Reviews estimates delivered by other service providers to determine compliance with project and/or program procedures, estimate completeness, accuracy, and technical development and compliance with best practices.

  • Reviews contractual documents and contract modifications to determine scope of work and/or scope changes, and defines cost and schedule impacts to the base contract, and to provide written evaluation and recommendation of reasonable reconciliation and remediation to project management staff.

  • Defines scope and quantification for vendors and subcontractors necessary to obtain correct and competitive pricing for materials, equipment, and services required to complete an estimate of reasonable probable cost. Documents telephone, email, web and written bids and quotations complete with contractual terms and conditions, shipping cost and terms, transfer of title and terms of contract payment and completion.

  • Other duties, as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must have three years Architecture, Engineering and/or Construction industry experience.

  • Minimum of two-years cost estimating experience on complex construction projects

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Cost Estimating Standards

  • Knowledge of construction industry estimating software

  • Experience working with project teams to develop and maintain cost estimates

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field

  • Candidates selected for interview will be asked to provide a portfolio of estimating templates and documentation samples.

*First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



Applicants must have (A) at least six (6) years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in trades, construction, construction management, inspection and/or alteration of building construction projects, of which (B) at least one (1) year must have been in a supervisory or leadership capacity; or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Incumbents are required to have acurrent and valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s License at a Class level specific to assignment.

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  1. An Associate’s degree or Technical degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required non-supervisory experience.

  2. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required non-supervisory experience


*An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Job: *Skilled Trades

Organization: *Division of Capital Asset Management

Title: Project Controls Cost Estimator

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 Ashburton Place

Requisition ID: 190009L6