Vacancies Estimator
Surface Solutions Segment | Charlotte


Cost Estimator



Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is a leading high-tech industrial group specialising in the machine and plant engineering. The Company is a provider of innovative industrial solutions and cutting-edge technologies for manmade fibres manufacturing, drive systems, surface solutions and advanced nanotechnology. A Swiss company with a tradition going back over 100 years, Oerlikon is a global player with around 14 000 employees at over 170 locations in 35 countries and proforma sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2016. The Company invested in 2016 CHF 94 million in R&D, with over 1200 specialists working on future products and services. In most areas, the operative businesses rank either first or second in their respective global markets.

The new Oerlikon Surface Solutions Segment has around 6,500 employees worldwide, operates over 145 service and production centers among some 150 sites, and was responsible for 53% of group sales in 2016.  The surface solution segment is divided into four business units, Tooling, Automotive, Aero and Energy and the newly formed Additive Manufacturing.  The Tooling (formerly Balzers) and Aero and Energy (formerly Metco) business units have been at the forefront of the development of pioneering coating technologies for decades.  The newest business unit, Oerlikon Additive Manufacturing, is an end to end Additive Manufacturing solutions provider, with powder production, design and applications engineering, printing solutions, and post processing solutions including heat treatment and coatings.   Oerlikon Additive Manufacturing has R&D Centers and Production Facilities in the US and EU.



We are seeking a Cost Estimator. This is a full-time position and reports to the Project Manager, Additive Manufacturing.  Cost Estimators are critical to the effectiveness of our production process. You will ensure the most accurate and complete quotes are presented. This is an opportunity to apply your estimating experience, technical aptitude and customer service.

  • Accurate estimates completed on time
  • Job scope review meetings with customers
  • Hand off meetings with internal team

Job Duties

  • Work with all departments in developing the requirements for all RFQ’s to meet the customer specifications while creating an achievable cost standard
  • Manage all incoming and outgoing RFQ’s to ensure completeness, accuracy and timeliness
  • Utilize the ERP system or defined process to create all quotes, input all cost related elements and review suggested pricing brackets
  • Work with production to audit jobs against awarded cost levels to ensure performance to quoted profitability
  • Ensure all external vendor costs are correct with pricing updates done regularly with the assistance and approval of the Project Manager.
  • Expand external vendor base by continued sourcing research with qualification, pricing and performance in accordance with the quality manual.
  • Computing costs by analyzing labor and material.
  • Resolving discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information and relays any issues holding up the quote to Sales and/or Customer.
  • Presenting prepared quotes to management for approval before sending to customer.
  • Contributing to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Helping other departments as needed when quoting activity is slow.


We expect

  • 5+ years’ experience working in a CNC organization of precision machining, tooling and fixtures
  • 2+ years’ experience estimating for a precision machining organization
  • Knowledge of Manual and CNC equipment processes (milling, turning, etc.) and essential secondary post processing (plating, heat treating, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and experience with machined materials (tool steels, stainless steel, aluminum, specialty steels, titanium, plastics, etc.)
  • Thorough knowledge of GD&T and the ability to accurately read and interpret engineering drawings and solid models
  • Proficiency with CAD and Excel (highly preferred)
  • Experience with 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing (highly preferred)


We offer

- Competitive Base Salary + Comission

- Opportunity that offers both international and domestic travel

- Start up enviroment geared towards entrepenurial outlook/views

- Fanastic health, dental, vision and 401k benefits

- The opportunity to bring a  new technology to production and impact the manufacturing sector in a positive way that has not been done before


About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing.
A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 14,000 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2016.

We have a great benefits package including medical insurance, dental and vision, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness benefits, retirement security contribution and 401(K). If you want to operate in a business environment that gives you the freedom to imagine what is possible - then you should send us your application!

Statement of Equal Opportunity: Oerlikon Metco is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or marital status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. The company also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If you require an accommodation during the application process, please notify a Human Resources Representative.




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Tewanna Banks
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