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MEP Cost - Senior Mechanical Estimator

Holder Construction is an ENR Top 20 industry leader with operations throughout the United States.  We are currently seeking highly motivated construction professionals to join our company in MEP Cost. Holder’s MEP Cost department is currently located at our Atlanta and Phoenix office. Opportunities in our MEP Cost Department may exist in in the following regional locations (Denver, and Washington D.C)

Primary Responsibilities: 



  • Estimating experience in the Mechanical trades including sheet metal, HVAC piping, plumbing, and associated systems.
  • Strong knowledge Mechanical commercial trade software such as FastEst, QuickPen or Estimation is valuable and preferred.  
  • Preparation of mechanical cost estimates from conceptual phase to design development thru final construction documents.
  • Review and validation of subcontractor proposal pricing and change orders.
  • Develop value analysis by defining alternatives to the proposed scope that are more cost-efficient.
  • Support meetings with the owner, architect, and engineer for all aspects of the Cost phase of the project.
  • Lead Mechanical cost efforts within our core markets which include Data Centers, Aviation, Higher Education, Corporate / Commercial Office and Laboratories.
  • Candidate should be able to perform material takeoff and input data into computerized cost models and have working knowledge of mechanical estimating manuals and guidelines such as MCA and PHCC. 
  • Prepare comparative cost analysis to previous (internal and external) estimates and develop a clear and concise explanation of the variances for each of the project stakeholders.
  • Communication with mechanical equipment vendors, mechanical design engineers, clients and subcontractors.
  • Manage, develop, train and mentor younger mechanical estimators.
  • Represent Holder at all coordination meetings, industry events, as well as maintaining positive relationships with subcontractors, vendors, and our clients/owners.
  • Provide internal communication responsibility amongst the different departments and project stakeholders.
  • Prepare detailed MEP analyses of subcontractor and vendor bid proposals along with recommendations for
  • Ownership for the creation, updating, and presentation of project cost deliverables and tools to our clients.


Requirements for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Construction Management or have on the job MEP Mechanical Subcontractor Estimating Experience.
  • The ideal candidate will have 7+ years of Mechanical estimating experience specific to HVAC, Plumbing and/or Building Automation Systems
  • Ability to read and understand electrical, HVAC, plumbing, architectural and civil plans, and specifications as they relate to mechanical work.
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures of MEP Systems; Considers raw materials, labor, equipment, tools, labor, and transportation for estimations.  
  • Experience leading a team of MEP Mechanical Estimators
  • Outstanding communication and time management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment including:
    • Accepts and adapts to change in a professionally appropriate and thoughtful manner.
    • Effectively communicates and listens.
    • Looks to continually improve and grow.
    • Organizes and uses meeting time effectively.
    • Lead by example via a work ethic and effort above-standard in the industry
    • Presents ideas in a manner that is clear, concise, and easy to understand.
    • Able to handle confrontation in a professional and constructive manner.
  • Proven ability to develop the team around them including:
    • Enables others to act.
    • Emphasizes the importance of people’s contributions.
    • Engages others and encourages high performance.
    • Engages in radical candor that develops others while being professional and respectful.



The best teams trust Holder to deliver  their most important work. Our people redefine the construction experience. We lead with integrity. We seek excellence. We care more. 

As a strong and stable company since 1960, Holder provides nationwide construction management services on complex projects in the aviation, office, technology, education, hospitality, and interiors markets. Our mission is to provide clients with quality construction services across the country, supported by our offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington DC. At Holder, our most valuable resources are our people, who carry forth our core values, brand, and reputation for performance.


  • We encourage authenticity and encourage support to ensure you can perform at your best 

  • Company culture is based on integrity of leadership, high performance, care and connection, development, and continuous improvement

  • Organic growth from within the organization

  • Security and stability of a consistent top 20 ENR contractor

  • Respectful, trusting, inclusive, and collaborative working environment

We are a performance-based company with an excellent career development program. We offer a top notch compensation and benefits package. ​More on benefits. 


Substance abuse testing is a condition of employment.

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