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Kraus-Anderson offers an opportunity to make an immediate impact with an industry leader!

Core Purpose: Building enduring relationships and strong communities

Core Values:

  • Integrity – Do the right thing…always be respectful, honest and fair
  • Commitment – Take ownership, work hard, and keep promises
  • Teamwork – Collaborate to foster trust and success for all
  • Value People – Support each other in a safe, positive environment where people are recognized and appreciated for their contributions 

Our Company

For more than a century, Kraus-Anderson has been transforming the American landscape. 

Founded in 1897 and privately owned and managed by the Engelsma family for more than 70 years, KAis consistently ranked by Engineering News Record among the top 50 general contractors in the United States. Our base of operations in Minnesota is supplemented with regional offices, extending our capabilities coast to coast.

We take a highly collaborative approach to our work. We work closely with owners, architects and the entire planning team well before ground is broken; providing cost analyses, scheduling information, and value engineering services to ensure that our client can make informed decisions leading to a timely finish of the highest quality and the best value.


Assists Project Executives, Director of Preconstruction, Project Managers or Project Teams with preconstruction services which include, but not limited to the preparation of mechanical estimates, subcontractor proposal and bid review, document review and constructability, cost value analysis, cost and systems review, analysis and comparisons, historical evaluations, and bid process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Completes necessary take-offs and prepares cost estimates for plumbing, piping, and sheet metal.
  • Performs necessary solicitation of subcontractors and what is specifically required for the bid, pricing requirements and assignments.
  • Evaluates changes and directives that offer or may require a change in cost, scope, time, means and methods or design.
  • Obtains and evaluates bids from various subcontractors, vendors and suppliers and identifies qualified bidders.
  • Resolves cost discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information.
  • Prepares the required documents and reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Maintains quality service by following company standards.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending education workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies relevant to the industry.
  • Develop and maintain Project Cost History database

Supervisory Responsibilities   No direct subordinates.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. It is understood that the incumbent may be learning some of the knowledge, skills and abilities associated with being fully responsible as an Estimator . The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

5-10+ years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of MS Office software applications, especially Excel and Word. The knowledge to use or ability to learn On-screen Takeoff, Bluebeam, WinEst, Trimble Autobid and Modelogix. To maintain ability to learn and apply other computer applications as deemed necessary to improve work product and efficiency.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid driver’s license

Other Qualifications

Must be willing to travel as needed.