Mission Support and Test Services, LLC

  • Principal Cost Estimator

    Posted Date 5 months ago(5/14/2018 12:44 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Technical Support
    Location : City
    North Las Vegas
    Location : State/Province (Full Name)
  • Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree in a business related field and 8 years' of professional level experience, or equivalent training and experience. 


    • Demonstrated computer skills, including the use of scheduling applications, accounting software, analytical software, financial software, project management software, spreadsheet software, word processing software, and databases.
    • Must have the ability to manipulate large amounts of data with minimal errors.
    • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
    • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and coordination of people and resources.
    • Able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
    • Able to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Able to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
    • Able to determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and environment will affect outcomes.
    • Must have good communication and organizational skills and the ability to work in a team environment. Must be able to communicate with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government and other external sources.
    • Ability to facilitate the project estimating team in all phases of the estimate preparation cycle.
    • Ability to facilitate a complete project risk management program and incorporate the appropriate level of management reserve into the estimate.
    • Must have an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
    • An ability to obtain D.O.E. Q clearance. Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter.
    • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

    Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, “Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites,” will be conducted.  Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation, and subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, “Counterintelligence Evaluation Program.”

    Eligibility Requirements – To obtain a clearance, an individual must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order 472.2, “Personnel Security.” 



    MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace.


    • Under the direction of the Manager of Cost Estimating, support the development/execution of project and service cost estimates.
    • Utilize the skill set necessary to develop an understanding of project scope, quantification, pricing review, and presentation processes.
    • Utilize communications and presentation skills to discuss and defend the basis of estimate and the processes used during estimate development.
    • Ability to facilitate the project estimating team in all phases of the estimate preparation cycle: initiation, planning, preparation and review.
    • Work with managers and engineers to develop a statement of work, Work Breakdown Structure [WBS] dictionary, objectives, assumptions, and deliverables, resource estimate, and baseline scheduled for the project in support of the project manager.
    • Perform productivity analysis for construction operations and verify results by manpower and crew analysis of work operations by craft. Establishes productivity basis to be utilized in estimates as developed with concurrence with construction. Analyze project resource usage and recommend adjustments as appropriate.
    • Must have solid communication skills, and the ability to explain the estimate to non-estimating personnel.
    • Demonstrate a graded proficiency in the use of the following processes and tool sets.
    • Understand the project scope document
    • Quantity development and entry into the estimate
    • Commodity pricing
    • Application of indirect costs Identification of scope changes, including client supporting data
    • Correlation of project work breakdown structure and schedule activities with estimate detail
    • Estimate review process and support the Variance Analysis process
    • Review design scope criteria, develop estimate quantities, and evaluate takeoff for reasonableness.
    • Coordinate with the project management to develop rough order of magnitude estimates when information is unavailable of incomplete utilizing parametric methodologies.
    • Help develop risk analysis and complete contingency analysis for prepared estimates. Develop takeoff methodologies and assemblies in computer estimating systems.
    • Demonstrate proficiency utilizing industry- estimating software to develop estimates.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in development of preliminary estimates utilizing parametric methodologies.
    • Demonstrate proficiency developing life cycle estimates for capital assets.


    If you’re looking for an interesting, fulfilling career, you’ve come to the right place!


    At Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS), we’re a dynamic team of employees who manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. A premier outdoor, indoor and underground national laboratory for unique, high-level experiments, the NNSS has offices across the country, including Southern Nevada; Santa Barbara and Livermore, California; Washington, D.C.; and Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico. We’re dedicated to working together as a team to keep our nation safe. Join us!


    MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and HII Nuclear Inc.