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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 537K
Category: Science & Engineering


This is the senior, specialist, or lead-worker level of the series. Positions at this level coordinate, direct, and review the development of designs and specifications by private design firms for the construction of state buildings and/or vessels.  Positions coordinate and direct the planning, scheduling, project and cost control of complex building and/or vessel construction projects.   Positions develop cost estimates and cost analysis required for budget forecasts, facilities planning, conceptual studies, and bid comparison of projects for design and construction of buildings and/or vessels. 

Typical Work

Provide cost engineering expertise on construction contract administration, scheduling, contract disputes, and long-range cost and escalation forecasting;   

Evaluate contract disputes or potential disputes, and provides guidance to project managers and agency staff for documentation, analyzing damages, establishing causation and recommending corrective action;   

Provide evaluation of contract damages related to delays, impacts on scheduling by change order work and inefficiency costs due to labor productivity loss;  

Provide long-range cost and escalation forecasts;  

Prepare cost estimates for facilities planning based on planning or conceptual studies; prepares contract bid comparison estimates.  Prepares cost estimates for capital budget acquisition; 

Prepares analysis of construction cost indices pertinent to division requirements;   

Provides cash flow analysis based on design and construction schedules;    

Direct the work of consultants and assigned project support staff; monitor the work of contractors.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  principles and practices of basic engineering concepts related to design of real property structures and systems; construction standards and practices; construction scheduling; cash flow projection; national and State building codes; contract bid practices; construction cost indices; cost estimating principles and techniques; cost control; business planning and management science and construction disputes; cost accounting of direct, indirect, standard and overhead costs; productivity and value analysis. 

Ability to:  provide for the timely and accurate preparation of cost engineering services in an independent manner; coordinate with necessary department and division personnel; maintain a system of estimating cost data to provide current and historical reference material; provide cost control by utilizing modern procedures to effectively document disputes, evaluate construction schedules, apply the latest statutory, regulatory project types and management practices; determine project management aspects, including staffing, personnel administration, payroll costs; provide technical costing advice to the legal department in cases of arbitration and/or lawsuits; provide long‑range costs and/or escalation to the Division and other State agencies.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in architecture, engineering, or closely allied field; and four years' experience in real property construction as a cost estimator involving the preparation of cost estimates for major real property development; and certification as a Cost Engineer based on certification by a recognized national association


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, Construction Project Manager 3, consolidated 4662 Building Construction Specialist and
60920 Cost Engineer) effective January 1, 2006.
Revise class. Revised title (formerly Construction Project Manager 3) and definition, consolidated with 60930 Senior Cost Engineer and 60230 Construction Project Manager; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.