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Preconstruction Manager in Kansas City, MO at BetterJobs

Date Posted: 2/12/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Every member of the U.S. Engineering family is expected to understand and consistently demonstrate the following Core Values:

  • Exhibit integrity in everything we do.
  • Listen, identify and respond to customer needs.
  • Provide quality, on schedule, at a competitive price.
  • Respect, challenge and recognize each employee.
  • Ensure a safe working environment. Serves as an integral part of the project development group for Rocky Mountain region. Under the supervision of Director of Preconstruction Services, manages project designs and budgets, from inception through the preconstruction phase, and continues to serve as a resource throughout the construction phase of the project. Principal Duties and Accountabilities:

Design / Assist Engineering:

Primary Purpose:

  • Conceptually finish the design on incomplete decision documents, ensuring competitive and complete proposals.
  • Generate and/or review engineering calculations by the design engineer.
  • Assist in the generation of value engineering and design options for projects, including consultation with Owners, General Contractors, Architects, and Engineers.
  • May assist the Energy Solutions team in performing life cycle cost analysis of systems and options to generate desirable outcomes for potential clients.
  • Generate schematic drawings of systems for consultation.
  • Assist with the electrical and general coordination on design-assist and design-build projects.
  • Serve as a resource for Project Managers and Field personnel on design issues throughout the duration of the construction phase, as needed.
  • Provide solutions to engineering applications both internally and externally.


  • Generate budget estimates along with scope definition from incomplete design information
  • May assist in the development and maintenance of a preliminary estimating method, format and process, that meets our preliminary estimating goals.
  • Update preliminary estimates until final design is complete. Identify and track scope changes as part of estimate updates.
  • Generate and maintain database of estimating information from past projects, as coordinated with estimating staff.

Critical Path Schedule Items:

  • Partner with the Project Controls team and Project Managers to review general contractor s project schedule to identify potential issues.
  • In coordination with Project Controls and Operations teams, develop preliminary mechanical project schedules, soliciting input from the Project Manager and Superintendent as necessary, to identify major work tasks, preconstruction efforts, equipment delivery, phasing issues and design milestones.
  • Assist the Project Manager for updates to the project schedule until preconstruction ends.


  • Develop and foster effective relationships with clients.
  • Take support role in marketing of design-assist and design-build projects as coordinated with regional leadership.
  • In partnership with regional and corporate marketing professionals, may participate in the development of marketing materials that will aid in business development.


  • Assist project development team and other regional leaders with the review of contracts on design-assist and design-build projects to ensure acceptable language and contractual obligations.
  • Conduct regulatory and code investigations for compliance.
  • Aid in project pursuits through assisting with the preparation of proposals, from RFP through interview preparation and participation.
  • Attend weekly Project Managers meetings as needed, and weekly Estimating/Preconstruction staff meetings.
  • Serves as a resource to Project Manager on the management of scope and budget items.
  • Coordinates with Project Manager to perform constructability reviews.
  • Maintains direct involvement in the project – from inception to closeout.
  • Partners with Project Manager during project closeout to ensure the proper efficiency and performance of the mechanical systems.

Job Scope:

The Preconstruction Manager will assist or manage project designs and budgets through the preconstruction phase, for projects ranging up to or beyond $20 million in mechanical value, in designated region.

Management Responsibility:

Acts in capacity as lead person but may not have management responsibility for the people to whom direction is provided.


  • Engineering degree and P.E. (Professional Engineer) registration strongly preferred.


  • Minimum of four years of experience in design of HVAC and plumbing systems is strongly preferred or previous experience in a preconstruction services role will be considered in lieu of design experience.
  • Minimum of three years estimating experience.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of HVAC and plumbing engineering
  • Basic level of engineering design expertise
  • Ability to manage to a budget, which requires basic financial acumen
  • Proficient in MS Excel
  • Time management / organizational skills
  • Strategic thinking and ability to utilize foresight and planning.
  • Ability to develop and foster effective professional relationships in order to gain credibility
  • Ability to use analytical, methodical approach
  • Effective communication skills – ability to articulate message, to be persuasive, and explain position to various target audiences who may possess varying levels of technical knowledge.
  • Display a keen sense of urgency to deliver results.

Physical and/or travel demands:

  • Occasional travel may be required

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and job specifications required of employees so classified. U.S. Engineering reserves the right to revise as needed. The job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

U.S. Engineering is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and shall provide equal employment opportunities to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.