Current Job Opportunity

Cost Engineer

Washington, DC
Career Level
Delon Hampton & Associates is seeking a Cost Engineer for WMATA's station platform reconstruction program (SPRP).

WMATA is planning a three-year capital project that will reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 Metrorail stations to address structural deficiencies. The professional Cost Engineer is responsible for developing, monitoring, and reporting on the project costs and overall budget. This individual prepares all aspects of detailed cost estimates with minimal supervision for projects that are generally larger and more complex estimating assignments. The Cost Engineer accurately projects the cost of upcoming projects, and is responsible for conceptual, definitive, man-hour, and equipment factored total installed cost estimates. The individual is also responsible for assisting in ensuring that all costs are in line with defined parameters of the federal grant that is funding the projects.


  • Assist in the up keep of the project budget.
  • Employ quantitative engineering models to implement performance measurement reporting and forecasting of project budget.
  • Coordinate and help prepare “what if” plans (sensitivity analysis) to mitigate cost overruns and/or schedule delays.
  • Provide support in price negotiations, and obtain quotes for materials and services. Participate in client presentations as required.
  • Perform related cost estimating and budgeting functions. Perform conceptual estimating by establishing a project’s cost prior to development of graphical representation of a facility. Work closely with the project supervisor to ensure the project estimate meets all financial and regulatory guidelines. Operate and provide oversight and guidance on the use of selected estimating software.
  • Perform detailed cost estimates by breaking down the items of work on an orderly and logical basis, determine the cost of each item from experience and summarizing the total. Prepare detailed breakdown of components and elements of estimates for systems and subsystems.
  • Develop duration estimates of specific construction activities based on assumed construction approach and appropriate production rates. Prepare independent cost estimates (ICE) for submitted change order proposals.
  • Analyze specifications, drawings, sketches and sample layouts to calculate total construction costs using labor, material, and equipment pricing schedules in concert with historical data. Review contractual documents and contract modifications to determine scope of work and scope changes.
  • Prepare and summarize task and sub-task estimates, including rate and unit cost determination and perform mathematical calculations by applying standard factors.
  • Accumulate and evaluate historical cost data documents and construction procedures and methods in order to maintain current estimating standards and databases.
  • Prepare takeoffs on complex projects, drawings, and plans with project management and check for mathematical and technical accuracy. Assign material costs and staffing costs to the takeoffs.
  • Coordinate preparation of cost reduction, value engineering, and risk assessment recommendations for project cost effectiveness.
  • Prepare and review special studies, cost forecast, and time impact analyses.
  • Attend or conduct project meetings with each discipline involved as needed to ensure effective project control.
  • Complete a daily work report that outlines the work completed for the day, and perform other tasks as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, business, or other related field is desirable.
  • 10 years of project control experience in large civil projects.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet EcoSys desirable, graphics, and database management, P6 scheduling program – including cost, resources, and word processing software.
  • AACE’s Certified Estimating Professional (CEP) or equivalent designation.
  • Must be able to pass a government background check.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with reliable transportation.

Working Conditions 

Work is performed within a general office environment; however, field work may also be required. Must be able to work in confined spaces. Some lifting (up to 25 lbs.) may be required as needed.

Special Instructions

When applying, please reference position title in email subject line.

Delon Hampton & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer for VEVRAA protected veterans and all other protected classes. DHA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. We encourage minorities, women, protected veterans and disabled individuals to apply. Click here for EEO law and policy.

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