Estimator Needed!

Job Location: Marion, Iowa

The Acterra Group has been around for 65 years providing equipment, manufacturing, consulting and specialized construction services to many industries. Our corporate office is located in Marion, Iowa, however, we maintain offices throughout the Midwest and Colorado, and service a diverse range of clients across the United States. Come work for a reputable company that is easy to work with, clear expectations and a fun environment.


Job Description Summary

The Estimator at Acterra Group plays a critical role in the accurate and efficient estimation of projects, specifically focusing on the construction and installation of above-ground fuel tanks. This position requires a comprehensive understanding of construction industry standards, with a particular emphasis on adherence to the Steel Tank Institute (STI) guidelines. The Estimator will utilize a specialized estimating software to ensure precise and reliable estimates.

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct thorough and detailed estimations for above-ground fuel tank projects, ensuring compliance with STI standards.**
  • Utilize estimating software to prepare accurate and competitive project bids.**
  • Analyze blueprints, specifications, proposals, and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
  • Collaborate with project managers, engineers, and other stakeholders to gather necessary information for estimates.**
  • Review and evaluate cost estimates, ensuring they accurately reflect the scope, timeline, and materials required for the project.**
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and cost fluctuations to ensure up-to-date and accurate estimations.
  • Prepare detailed reports and presentations of estimates for review by senior management and clients.
  • Assist in the negotiation and finalization of contracts based on estimated costs.
  • Work closely with procurement and construction teams to monitor project progress and adjust estimates as necessary.
  • ** These specific key accountabilities are tied to this position’s performance management.



  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, or a related field – or equivalent experience.
  • Additional certifications in estimating or project management, such as CPE (Certified Professional Estimator) or PMP, are beneficial.
  • 3-5 years of experience in construction estimating, with a focus on fuel tank projects or similar government installations.
  • 3-5 years of preferred experience in construction estimation for projects tied to the US Army Corp of Engineers.
  • Proven proficiency in using Quadra estimating software or similar tools.
  • Familiarity with construction industry standards, particularly STI guidelines for above-ground fuel tanks.
  • Experience in preparing and reviewing project bids and cost estimates.



Work life balance, medical, dental, vision, vacation, paid holidays, referral bonus and continuous training and education.

Acterra Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity company. We do not discriminate based upon race/color religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or veteran status. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.