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Senior Estimator -Metal Fabrication - 70K

Senior Estimator

General Stamping & Metalworks has committed to aggressively pursuing growth.       

The Estimator will be principally responsible for accurately estimating the direct cost (material, resource, time) of producing a specific part or assembly.

Organizational Relationships and Authority

The Estimator reports directly to the VP of Business Development of the company and works collaboratively with engineers, accountants, programmers, technologists, and Supply Chain Employees to complete estimates on time.  There are currently no direct reports associated with this position; however the Estimator has the responsibility to voice concerns discovered during the estimation process regarding tolerances, or feasibility issues with those parties responsible for resolution.

Key Responsibilities

  • Estimating the material, labor and burden costs to produce a part or assembly
  • Using software to convert CAD models to develop flat blank sizes and weight for accurate costing
  • Using nesting software to obtain cut times, part weight and material content for accurate costing
  • Calculating coil sizes
  • Understanding estimated annual usage and production lot size to factor set up times accurately
  • Interpreting blue prints to understand and select the appropriate work centers based on the operation needs and resource capability
  • Using software and established calculators to develop accurate run times
  • Requesting time studies from Manufacturing Engineers when standards are unknown
  • Appling rates for additional transactional costs when appropriate
  • Selecting methods of manufacturing that meet customer specifications, optimize equipment and labor resources at the lowest total cost to GSM
  • Collaborating with Purchasing to locate possible outside operation suppliers

Job Demands and Expectations

All personnel are expected to update job knowledge on an ongoing basis by identifying and participating in functionally related educational opportunities, reading professional publications, reporting key learnings to the management team, maintaining personal networks to the benefit of the company, participating in professional organizations and contributing to continuous improvement teams where indicated or requested. 

Qualifications and Competencies

To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess excellent interpersonal skills, be able to produce coherent written documents that are free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors, possess a reasonably optimistic and supportive attitude, and maintain the strictest confidence regarding all issues and information regarding the company’s operations, its employee, financial matters, and personal matters of which the employee may become aware in the course of their work. The individual will also maintain competency with the following programs and equipment:

  •              Microsoft Office Suite
  •              Office equipment; Computer, Phone, Fax, Scanner, Copier
  •              Auto-CAD
  •              ERP and Quoting System
  •              Reading and interpreting blueprint specifications
  •              Ability to read, write, interpret and verbally communicate technical instructions

                General Competencies

Dependability: Follows procedures and responds to management direction: takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits time necessary to reach goals; meets deadlines or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Problem Solving: Utilizes creative talents and skills to successfully resolve problems; develops solutions that work; works well with others to solve problems and resolve situations.

Initiative: Looks to improve existing processes; seeks increased responsibility; undertakes self-development activities; demonstrates persistence to overcome obstacles and achieve goals.

Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments prepared and on time.

Supplier Relations: Represents GSM with a high degree of professionalism; clearly communicates our equipment, tooling, and software requirements; works to create and maintain key partnerships to support GSM’s core processes.

Technical Skills: Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise to support the development of other team members.

Organizational Support: Supports organizational goals and values; follows policies and procedures; recommends changes necessary to improve GSM culture.

Quality: Consistently produces accurate and complete work; recommends methods to improve and sustain higher quality standards; solicits feedback from production teams to improve the delivered product.

Quantity: Completes work in a timely manner to support objectives of administrative and production groups; pursues technologies to increase productivity. 

Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates engaging presentation skills; participates in meetings.

Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.


  • High School Diploma (preferred)
  • Technical Associates Degree (preferred)
  • Experience
  • Minimum of two years in a manufacturing production environment



  • Minimum of two years in machine operation, programming or fabricated metal estimating role – Production Estimating

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Requires working at an engineering grade computer station in an office and plant floor environment
  • Requires wearing of protective and safety equipment when on the production floor
  • Exposure to equipment with moving mechanical parts
  • Exposure to material handling equipment i.e. fork lifts and overhead cranes
  • Exposure to noise
  • Open cubicle or office

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly or occasionally required to meet the following physical demands:


  • Able to speak clearly and understandably, with a pleasant tone of voice and manner
  • Ability to hear within a range that enables normal telephone communication and communication on a manufacturing floor environment
  • Able to see a computer screen within reasonable reading distance without strain
  • Able to type at a keyboard without bodily or psychological discomfort most of the working day
  • Ability to manage stairs, ambulate around the office environment and manufacturing floor comfortably in order to fulfill tasks required in various offices and departments
  • Some day or overnight travel via automobile, train or airplane may be required

Salary/Wages and Benefits

Refer to corporate compensation schedule for this position.

Conditions of Hire

All employment with GSM, Inc., is at-will by the employer and employee.

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