Estimator, Piping

Full Time Permanent

The Piping Estimator is responsible for analyzing drawings, specifications, proposals, and other documentation received for tender bids. The Piping Estimator provides estimates for time, cost, and labour for products, projects, or services, applying knowledge of specialized methods, techniques, or processes. This position involves interfacing and collaborating with support teams and client contacts to achieve detailed and accurate estimates.


  • Gather and retain current and accurate data on costs of goods, materials, market labour and equipment rates from suppliers and sub-trades.
  • Identify most competitive rates based on cost analysis/comparison.  
  • Review and evaluate proposal specifications and drawings to determine scope of work and the content of the estimate.
  • Quantify all aspects of the tender document, including tender requirements, written specifications, and project drawings.
  • Prepare detailed, accurate, and professional estimates by calculating material quantity take-offs, equipment, and labour rates for tender verification.
  • Solicit supplier quotations for material, equipment, and sub-trade quotations, whether internal to TESC departments or from an external supplier.
  • Attend pre-tender meetings, including estimate reviews and tender closings.
  • Recommend multiple scenarios based on cost, engineering quality, or material availability.
  • Advise management regarding cost and schedule fluctuations, changes in available materials, or other factors affecting construction.
  • Prepare final estimate summaries, ensuring scope and pricing are comprehensive.
  • Review estimates with management as appropriate or as directed.
  • Submit completed tenders in a timely manner to central closing.
  • Review the impact of Tender to Construction documentation.
  • Assists in determining annual bid success/performance rate through consistent post-bid analyses.  
  • Maintains positive client, sub-contractor, and supplier relationships.
  • Acts as a resource and mentor to other estimators.
  • Actively participate in TESC estimating training programs.
  • Maintain historical data, ensuring database is current.
  • Attend conferences, trade shows, and other networking opportunities as required.

When Lead on a bid:
Take on additional requirements such as, but not limited to:

  • Organize other estimators in multiple disciplines.
  • Organize other estimators in multiple disciplines.
  • Organize and lead progress and closing client meetings.
  • Ensure all appendices are included and completed with accuracy.
  • Manage and maintain file structure for bid.
  • Coordinate with other departments (ex. Quality, Safety, Finance) to ensure tender compliancy and project success.
  • Prepare appendices (schedule, methodology, organizational charts, labour rates, etc.).
  • Prepare handover package and provide on-going support as needed.

Job Specifications:

  • Trade Certificate, College diploma or University degree in the relevant field.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in estimating.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in piping components, including valves, fittings, pipe supports, and related equipment.
  • 5 years field experience in industrial construction an asset.
  • 5 years in industrial construction is an asset.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet project deadlines.
  • Must be proficient in MS Excel.
  • Proficiency in Accubid, and Microsoft Project is an asset.
  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting construction drawings, specifications, and technical documents.
  • Financial acumen/ability to comprehend budget structures.
  • Must work well independently and unsupervised.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to read and understand construction drawings.
  • Knowledgeable in construction practices, costs, procedures and legislation.
  • Valid G License.