Title:  Estimator
Dept.:  Operations
Location: Seattle, Washington
Reports to:  Aerospace Division Manager
Hours: Full-time, M-F, Day-shift
Posting Date: April 28, 2014 – May 28, 2014


Generates cost estimates for submission of bids for aerospace / government parts and assemblies. As time permits, assist in the development of manufacturing plans. Supports Lighthouse Business (Quality) Management System.



  • Develops cost estimates and price quotations for current and prospective customers for aerospace / government parts and assemblies, and/or other parts to be produced in aerospace production area. Coordinates quoting activity with Aerospace Division Manager. Supports business development through the quoting process. Prepares price quotations.
  • Interprets customer drawings, tooling, material/components lists, specifications, engineering data, and order requirements to estimate production run times to produce parts/assemblies.
  • Understands part specifications and drawings to determine the most efficient production processes.
  • Familiarity with different grades of materials (Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium)
  • Understands and supports Quality Management System Procedures as related to estimating, including related quality processes.
  • Ability to understand and comprehend an OEM multilevel specification system.
  • Coordinates closely with other Engineering staff, Aerospace Division Manager, and Quality Staff in developing estimates for parts.
  • Coordinates with Purchasing for source identification and price quotations for aerospace / government materials, components and/or outside processing needed to develop cost estimates/price quotations.
  • As needed, directly identifies sources for aerospace / government materials/components/outside processing needed for cost estimates and obtains necessary price quotations.
  • Works directly with customers to understand their requirements and to resolve issues and/or obtain additional information needed regarding requests for quotation.
  • Maintain all job related documentation as well as written and verbal communications.
  • Makes assessments of Lighthouse capability to provide part/assembly. Makes assessments regarding “make or buy” for assembly components/parts.  Coordinates these activities with Aerospace Division Manager.
  • As time permits, generate manufacturing plans for details and assemblies that best utilize our existing capabilities, keeping in mind the safe and efficient use of resources.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned.


  • Full understanding of sheet metal fabrication and 4-axis CNC machining processes, including quality requirements required.
  • High School diploma required
  • Two (2) years vocational training or direct manufacturing experience required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in estimating aerospace parts and assemblies.
  • Demonstrated ability to comprehend all aspect of engineering data and correctly interpret requirements required.
  • Proven ability to use computer as a tool. Familiarity with common software programs (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of the organization required.
  • Excellent problem solving skills required.
  • Ability to work well with all levels, internal departments, and external elements such as customers, suppliers etc. required.
  • Proven consistency to perform all duties to high level of quality with accuracy and attention to detail required.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Please send resume to:

Attn.:  Kevin Daniel
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
2501 S. Plum Street
Seattle, Washington 98144

Fax number:         206.436.2244
Telephone:         206.973.4060

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