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What is an Estimator?

Estimators are responsible for evaluating bid specifications and drawings to ensure that they fully grasp the amount of time, money, materials, and labor that is required to complete a given project.  This information is vital to successfully bidding and winning the project.  Estimators must work closely with subcontractors to ensure that bids are received before the bid deadline. They must also deal with suppliers in order to procure competitive pricing on all building materials that are incorporated into a project.  Estimators also work with project managers and business development to ensure efficient preparation of high-quality cost estimates

Estimators must have an eye for detail, they must understand the value of money, they must be competitive and they must have an aptitude for mathematics.  They must be analytical, flexible, and technically oriented.  Estimators deal with many different people throughout a project so it is important that they are personable and enjoy working with others.  Time management skills are also critical because estimators often work on fixed deadlines.  Therefore, they must plan their work in advance and work efficiently and accurately.

How Can I Prepare?

A four-year degree in building construction, civil engineering, architecture, or an equivalent construction-related degree is preferred.  Field experience in performing the type of construction work that they will be bidding on is typically required as well.  A strong background in mathematics is absolutely essential.  Professional certifications in estimating can also be helpful.  

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