Senior Estimator/Planner

Mills Marine & Ship Repair, LLC


Position Summary

This position entails planning and estimating the accomplishment of ship/craft repairs and alterations, including equipment removal and installation. Candidate must be a self-starter and have the ability to perform in a dynamic working environment.  The Estimator/Planner reports to the Director of Waterfront Operations.

The position requires significant knowledge and experience with reviewing work specifications, engineering drawings and NAVSEA standard items in order to provide both labor and material estimates. Safety and quality requirements must be included in the estimates therefore the candidate shall have a working knowledge of quality and safety requirements as they apply to Navy ship repair and modification work.

Duties and Responsibilities

•    Source costs with vendors as needed to complete estimating projects.

•    Have a thorough understanding of equipment capabilities to effectively price and schedule projects.

•    Ensure all necessary parts/components to complete a job are present and/or available.

•    Accept reports and review data to make sure all essential information is present for estimating.

•    Use expertise, experience, and all data available to develop a comprehensive estimate of costs that will provide the Company            with all necessary costs and information needed to perform the job.

•    Participate in job site inspections and ship checks to verify technical information.

•    Prepare and submit subcontracts and rental RFQ’s in support of pricing proposals.

•    Identification of all cost elements necessary for execution of work requirements including production trade man-hours,             subcontracts, rentals and materials.

•    Interface with various members of Mills Marine to resolve technical and schedule issues with subcontractors & material vendors.

•    Establish execution approach for work requirements with Waterfront Operations.

•    Resolution of technical and schedule issues with contracts & operations.

•    Be aware of Mills Marine standards & business conduct and abide by the instructions and guidelines.

•    Project & determine long lead time material requirements using known work requirements, history, and knowledge of typically problematic and long-lead materials.

•    Interface with other estimators, schedulers, production supervisors, subcontractors, vendors, and customers while developing and reviewing estimates.

 Preferred Education and Experience

•    Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience desired.  Candidates with at least two (2) years of education in a technical/vocational school, apprentice training, or equivalent along with substantial work experience will be considered. 

•    Candidate should have at least five (8) years of experience in the marine industry estimating costs for shipboard industrial work using specifications and related drawings, have HM&E experience and be familiar with NAVSEA standard items. Familiarity with Government and commercial specifications and drawings, with shipyard labor standards and with the subcontract and material marketplace are must have qualities.

•    Candidate should have five (5) years of experience in boat or ship repair or maintenance and must possess knowledge of shipboard nomenclature.  Experience and knowledge of shipboard systems, equipment, spaces, configuration, as well as labor and material costs necessary to perform repairs, upgrades, alterations and maintenance of the same are necessary traits.

•    Candidate must be able to analyze previous estimating efforts to identify necessary improvements or adjustments to material and man-hour estimating efforts (using all cost reports and purchase order data available, in addition to on-site observations and direct interface with key production personnel).  Candidate must also be able to retrieve data from external sources and computer archives.

•    Extensive proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite:  Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Project.  Must be able to use a computer to store and retrieve information to aid in preparing labor, subcontractor and material cost estimates.  Must be able to access the system and work with various programs in order to assist with development of the estimate and manipulation of that estimate into a proper bid format.

•    Must possess excellent communication skills to coordinate with project managers, engineering staff and material vendors. 

Other Requirements

•    May involve minimal travel (less than 5%) to customer sites and potentially shipboard checks to determine exact component locations and other installation conditions; candidate must maintain a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

•    Moderate physical effort required, including standing for extended periods.

•    Continuous mental and visual attention required.

•    Subject to random drug and alcohol testing under DoD regulations.

Background Check/Security Clearance

•    Background check required.

•    Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance. A minimum Active SECRET security clearance is preferred. A SECRET security clearance will be required after employment and is a condition of continued employment.


In addition to competitive pay, we provide a benefits package that is among the best in the industry. Our comprehensive benefits encourage our employees and their families to build a lifelong relationship with Mills Marine. Benefits are subject to employment eligibility and include:

•    Full-time employment

•    Paid accrued vacation time

•    Health, dental, vision insurance

•    Company paid life and accidental insurance

•    Offer additional voluntary life/disability group insurance

•    Legal Resource benefit

•    401K  Retirement Plan

Mills Marine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Mills Marine is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

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