Construction Specialist 2

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Job Description

CDM Smith is looking for an excited candidate to join our team in Chelmsford, Massachusetts! This opportunity is perfect for a new graduate looking to jump into the construction industry at a company that hires for careers, not jobs. This is a dynamic role with a variety of duties based on the project type and timeline that provides technical, field, and site administration.

During the pursuit phase, the Construction Specialist will assist in reviewing documents, preparing deliverables, and participating in pre-bid site visits. The Construction Specialist will assist in determining total project costs by evaluating complex proposals and researching labor, material, and equipment costs. They will develop a preliminary schedule for engineering and construction. They will develop General Conditions based on requirements specified in the bidding documents including required staff, temporary facilities, security, and safety measures.

In the planning and execution phase, the Construction Specialist will work with the project team, subcontractors, client, owners, and all other interested parties to ensure timely and safe project completion. They will ensure the timely arrival and installation of materials and equipment with field personnel and vendors. They will prepare and review submittals of increasing complexity, issue construction documents and layouts to field crews, answer questions, and complete requests for information (RFI). The Construction Specialist supervises and directs overall project activities of basic to moderate complexity and interprets specifications and drawings for foremen and superintendents. They will conduct inspections to maintain Quality Control (QC) reporting for project sites. Finally, they will work with Health and Safety professionals to evaluate the safety performance metrics of potential subcontractors and vendors as part of the procurement process.

During project close-out the Construction Specialist will work with the Project Manager to complete all contract-required deliverables and follow company close-out procedures. Close all subcontract and purchase orders. Develop final record drawings and as-builts. Ensure all close-out submittals are documented and approved. Work with the Team to complete final inspections, punch list and ensure client satisfaction.

Depending on project needs and after appropriate training, the Construction Specialist works with the project manager and VDC team to develop project capability needs and VDC plan. They will assist in facilitating solutions through collaboration with the design and project teams via VDC, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and traditional collaboration methods. The Construction Specialist will perform other tasks as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related discipline. 1 year of related experience. Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands. Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

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Skills and Abilities

Ability to identify problems and discrepancies, independently perform research and analysis of causes, and recommend corrective actions. Proficient computation skills. Good verbal and written communication skills. Familiarity with technology typically associated with engineering and construction. Ability to read and interpret construction and engineering documents and drawings. Basic knowledge of construction industry terminology. Knowledge of contract specifications, quality plans, design and construction submittals, and drawings. Ability to make independent decisions. Good time management and organizational skills.

EEO Statement

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant’s criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Agency Disclaimer

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

Additional Compensation

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

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CCI North

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Visa Sponsorship Available

No – We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position
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