Senior Principal/Cost Engineer/Estimator - Hiring Bonus $10K Based Exp
Allentown, PA  / Buffalo, NY 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

At Air Products, our purpose is to bring people together to reimagine what's possible, collaborate and innovate solutions to the world's most significant energy and environmental sustainability challenges. Grow with us as we embark on building tomorrow together by being the safest, most diverse and most profitable industrial gas company in the world.

Reimagine What's Possible

The position is within the America's Cost Estimating Organization and is responsible for estimating proposal costs for Process Gases plants (globally) and Integrated Gases plants, Generated Gases and LNG product lines (in North and South America). Estimating scope includes all Civils, Mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation, and Insulation disciplines, Engineering & Procured Equipment, Risk & Contingency analysis.It also includes pre-fabrication (off-site fabrication) scope.

The Cost Estimator/Engineer is accountable for all aspects of developing proposal costs. Typical activities include: developing detailed construction cost estimates from design drawings, developing "conceptual" construction cost estimates with limited design information, identifying construction related risks and value improvements, reviewing and assessing the completeness of Construction packages, reviewing the work of outside A&E Firms who prepare construction scope and costs for Air Products, and participating in negotiations with construction contractors during the bid and execution phases, compiling engineering budgets, procured equipment costs and overall risk/contingency analysis.

The Cost Estimator/Engineer is required to lead construction estimate reviews and communicate risks and opportunities for improvement to the reviewers. Estimators are frequently challenged with tight timelines. The ability to work with speed and self-confidence is a must.

The successful Cost Estimator/Engineer has the ability to identify design gaps and liaise with the responsible Designers to rectify issues. When design information is missing, or gaps cannot be resolved in a timely manner, the Estimator will use their good judgement to make realistic and reasonable design assumptions (typically regarding pipe sizes, structural steel sizes, foundation sizes, instrument cable types, etc.). The Estimator's decisions and judgements regarding construction durations, crane sizing, materials of construction and other estimate considerations can be the determining factor in whether Air Products wins or loses competitively bid projects. Assessing engineering costs, equipment evaluations and overall estimate benchmarking/historical evaluations is preferred.

This position is accountable for the following end results:

  • Accountable for collecting, evaluating, and challenging engineering hours and costs.

  • Identifying and capturing all equipment needed for the scope of the project and including most competitive option including equipment cost evaluations.

  • Reviewing and assessing layout to ensure most cost competitive options are considered.

  • Accuracy of detailed takeoff construction estimates for all disciplines using the appropriate Construction Estimating methods and tools.

  • Accuracy of conceptual construction cost estimates from plot plan, single line diagrams, and PID.

  • Collection of "actual" data from the field to improve the speed and accuracy in the development of future construction scope, costs and risks.

  • Identification and communication of gaps in Construction Packages prior to release of the packages to Contractors for bidding.

  • Documentation and communication of conceptual estimate basis to designers prior to design kick-off so that the cost basis is well understood and can be incorporated into the design.

  • Review of the construction estimating activities and results by outside engineering firms for all phases of a project from initial bids to contract addendums.

  • Reconciliation and report-out of conceptual estimates versus as-designed estimates to document learnings for incorporation into future conceptual estimates.

  • Lead internal estimate reviews up to the General Manager level.


  • Ability to work in a team environment and always maintain a positive attitude even in times of high stress and workload.
  • 10+ years in Estimating related position including industrial facilities.

  • 2+ years in Field Construction, Construction Management, or Construction Controls, Proposal Development in an industrial setting is a plus.

  • Applicant must be experienced in conceptual pipe layout and estimating using P&ID and equipment arrangement.

  • Applicant must have extensive knowledge of piping systems and piping components.

  • Strong knowledge of Construction Industry best practices and the ability to challenge "traditional" work norms to promote newer innovative work practices so that Air Products can maintain its industry-leading performance.

  • Ability to analyze Construction Packages and identify scope gaps.

  • Ability to conceptualize foundation sizing, piping layouts, structural steel quantities, power and instrumentation routing from plot plans, PID's, and Electrical load lists & single-line diagrams.

  • Excellent written, verbal, computer, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience with the following tools is a plus: Aspen Capitol Cost Estimator, Accubid, Timberline, QuickPen, and I-Data.

  • Flexibility in terms of travel, changing priorities, and workload (Note: This position requires up to 20% travel).

  • High School Diploma is required; Associates Degree in estimating/construction related field is preferred.

  • Experience with international construction and commonly used international estimating methods is a plus.



Air Products proudly values the skills, dedication,andleadership that veterans bring to the table. As a veteran-friendly organization, we actively encourageand welcome veterans to apply for various roles within our company.We recognize the unique strengths and experiences that veterans contribute, and we foster a workplacethat honors your service while providing a platform for professional growth.

We are the world's largest hydrogen producer with over 80 years of industrial gas experience. We are hydrogen and industrial gas experts delivering safe, end-to-end solutions, investing in real, clean energy projects at scale, and driving the industry forward to generate a cleaner future.

At Air Products, we work in an environment where we put safety first, diversity is essential, inclusion is our culture, and each person knows they belong and matter. To learn more, visitAbout Air Products.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance and retirement plans. You will be eligible for benefits and also be 100% vested in your retirement benefits on your first day of employment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.).You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.

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Air Products is an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
Air Products is also committed to Employment Equity (Canada).
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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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