Job Description

Build the future, spark innovation and align your career with purpose.

McKinstry is innovating the waste and climate harm out of the built environment and creating lasting impact. Together, we’re building a thriving planet.

Buildings are a leading contributor to the climate crisis, generating nearly 40% of total global energy-related carbon emissions. We’re making a lasting impact on our industry and within our communities by addressing the climate, affordability and equity crises through:

  • renewables and energy services
  • engineering and design
  • construction and facility services

To get where we’re going, we need big thinkers, problem solvers and collaborative mindsets. Does that sound like you?


The Opportunity with McKinstry

We are adding a Senior Preconstruction Engineer to our growing New Construction division in Seattle, Washington. You will be joining a diverse group of people where you will have the opportunity to establish yourself with a team that continually works on exciting, complex, large projects. To be successful, you must have a strong sense of ownership, be technically proficient, possess excellent communication skills, and have an appetite for learning  Additionally, some responsibilities you will have include:

Project Coordination

  • Support Request for Proposal (RFP) and procurement processes.
  • Must become proficient in conceptual estimating large mechanical systems from very basic narratives and architectural plans. This is a key skill that will be developed working closely with an assigned preconstruction manager.
  • Fully support management of scope and budget on assigned projects before the project begins construction phase.
  • During design and estimating phase for project; supports design phase management, supports budget management, supports managing risk and opportunities for budget.
  • Review contracts, drawings, specifications, and other resources to answer questions.
  • Coordinate equipment procurement with purchasing department and outside vendors
    to order and expedite material.
  • Assist in development of Scope of Work for subcontractors.
  • Support the scheduling and coordination of trades.
  • Coordinate the McKinstry scope of work with the project drawings and specifications.
  •  Assist in preparation of monthly financial reporting.
  • Communicate with Architect, Engineer and Owner, to assist the Project Manager with daily duties or act as Preconstruction Manager.


  • Takes initiative to facilitate own development process in conceptual estimating and overall preconstruction management. Must seek continual feedback and mentorship to develop the knowledgebase for advancing conceptual estimating skillset and preconstruction management skillset.
  • Respond to questions raised by Superintendents, review contracts, drawings, specifications and other resources to answer questions in a timely manner.
  •  Consult with project management team if necessary to resolve issues.
  • Communicate with Subcontractors, Architect, Engineer and Owner, to assist the project management team with daily duties


  • Create and respond to Requests for Information (RFI) in the preconstruction process.
  • Develop, process and track equipment, material and informational submittals.
  •  Create site-specific work plans during the precon phase in order to communicate the
    project plans for the field when operations takes over.
  •  Create and publish Operations and Maintenance Manuals for client.
  • Obtain detailed knowledge of contract, drawings, and specification for project(s).
  • Assist in the client and subcontractor change order process.
  •  Create billing breakdowns and prepare billing substantiation, as needed.
  • Update and manage all project files.
  • Conduct quantity take off and pricing estimates for internal and external uses. 


  • Uphold and communicate McKinstry safety standards.
  • Coordinate with Safety team to create and communicate site safety plan.
  • Ensure safety compliance of subcontractors and all on-site personnel.

What You Need to Succeed at McKinstry

  • Knowledge of construction concepts required.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans, specs, contracts, proposals,
    estimates, and other regularly encountered items required.
  • BA/BS degree in Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Facilities Management or comparable degree—or equivalent work experience required.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Project required;
    working knowledge of SharePoint preferred.
  • Customer service and or office administration experience preferred.

PeopleFirst Benefits

When it comes to the basics, we have you covered:

  • Competitive pay
  • 401(k) with employer match and profit-sharing plan
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision with low or zero deductible options and low out of pocket maximums

People come first at McKinstry, and we go beyond the basic benefits with:

  • Family formation benefits, including adoption and IVF assistance
  • Up to 16 weeks paid parental leave
  • Transgender inclusive benefits
  • Commuter benefits
  • Pet insurance
  • “Building Good” paid community service time
  • Learning and advancement opportunities via McKinstry University
  • McKinstry Moves onsite gyms or reimbursement for remote workers

See benefit plan documents for complete details.

If you’re driven by our vision to build a thriving planet together, McKinstry is the place to build your career.

The pay range for this position is $32.84- $55.05 per hour; however, base pay offered my vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. This is a non-exempt role and will be paid hourly. A bonus may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. Base pay information is based on market location.

The McKinstry group of companies are equal opportunity employers. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, race, color, creed, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to employment, advancement, assignment, and training. This commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity is made equally as a social responsibility and as an economic and business necessity. 

McKinstry is a drug-free workplace. Employment is contingent upon successfully passing a pre-employment drug and alcohol test, complying with the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act and a Confidentiality Agreement, in addition to successful outcomes of background and reference checks.

Applicants for this role will only be considered if they possess current US Work Authorization, and do not require employer-sponsored VISA support to begin or remain in this role.


$32.84- $55.05

Hourly based


Seattle, Washington, 98115, United States

Job Overview
Job Posted:
3 days ago
Job Expires:
4mos 3w
Job Type
Full Time
Bachelors Degree

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Seattle, Washington, 98115, United States