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Papp Iron Works is one of the region’s leading Contractors with 8-decades of expertise and experience specializing in the fabrication and erection of all types of miscellaneous iron and structural alteration work. The area’s most preeminent builders and owners consistently entrust Papp Iron Works with their most challenging and prestigious projects. The work of our chosen team professionals can be found inside many of in many of New Jersey & New York City’s most highly recognized public and private-sector buildings.

Overview of the Role

The Estimator is a critical position within Papp Iron Works. The incumbent is responsible for evaluating bid specifications and drawings and addendums and ensures all material is accounted for and appropriately priced. Estimates the material required and labor hours along with all other ancillary costs. Attention to detail and accuracy is of the utmost importance. Knowledge of steel fabrication and erection is necessary in order to accurately estimate labor units needed to for detailing, fabrication, trucking, equipment rental and field hours necessary to erect. The incumbent will submit bid proposals (estimates) on time and will provide the general contractor with any requested post bid pricing or clarifications. Attends descoping meetings with contractor, if requested, and consistently follows up on bid proposals seeking to be awarded the project.


Be a Proactive Estimator 

  • Reviews all addenda and other bid information prior to submission of bid.
  • Ensures that we have the proper coverage from subcontractors/vendors.
  • Shows creativity and resourcefulness to gain competitive advantage.
  • Submits bids by the bid deadline.
  • Enters all relevant information into software.

Project Knowledge

  • Review bid requirements thoroughly and asks follow-up question on every bid.
  • Has a thorough understanding of the scope for specific trades assigned.
  • Develops RFI’s and clarifications and ensure adequate subcontractor coverage and shows interest.
  • Ensure all work not included is specifically excluded.
  • Include value-engineering ideas where appropriate.

Follow up & Closing 

  • Consistently follows up on submitted bids and budgets with General Contractor/Construction Manager to close business.

Project Turnover 

  • Properly turns over bid documents and sub buyout information to Project Management in a timely manner. The goal is 100% of awarded projects turned over within 24 hours of notification.
  • Review drawings with Project Management team and highlight areas of concern.
  • Participates in job turnover meeting with Project Manager and Senior Management.
  • Review job cost with Project Management team and highlight any subs/material vendors that need to be awarded.

Build Long Term Relationships 

  • Handle all client interactions in a manner designed to build a long-term relationship.

Operate as One Team 

  • Build strong relationships with other departments within Papp Iron, including project management, detailing, accounting, and field superintendent.

 Go the Extra Mile 

  • Do whatever it takes to ensure that Papp Iron bids and proposals are competitive
  • Double-check all critical work to minimize mistakes.

Never Stop Improving 

  • Company funded personal development program to build professional skills.
  • Initiate suggestions for company-wide process improvements.
  • Business development.

Engineer Win-Win Solutions 

  • Develop creative solutions to challenges.
  • Identify creative ways to deliver additional profit if possible.

Take Ownership 

  • Complete all activities with a pride of ownership “as if it was your name on the door.”
  • Participate in company-wide events, such as meetings, socials, etc.
  • Demonstrate adherence to and performance in keeping with the goals of Papp Iron’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and Affirmative Action obligations.

Key Qualifications

  • 5-10 years of steel specific experience required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required; Associate’s Degree or higher preferred.
  • Ability to react well in a fast-paced environment & follow through on commitments.
  • Highly motivated and customer service-oriented mentality with ability to build relationships is a plus.
  • Highly detail oriented.
  • Ability to quickly learn product knowledge and processes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, organize, and prioritize work.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and Project required.
  • Must be self-motivated and punctual.
  • Must be trustworthy and reliable.
  • Desire to work for an industry leader and to be part of a winning team.
  • Always acts with integrity.


  • $100k-$140k/year commensurate with experience.

What We Offer

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance
  • 401(K) retirement planning with employer matching
  • Individual Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Training & Professional Development
  • A Generous Personal Time Off Program including sick and personal days

Papp Iron Works, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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