The role of a construction estimator requires cost estimates to be made on construction projects using a variety of factors. The estimates can be made on commercial, industrial or municipal building projects.
Prepares bids and cost estimates that address every part of a building project.
Helps keep building projects within the client’s budget limitations.
Oversees financing on a building project.
Makes sure that all cost estimates submitted by a contractor are as accurate as possible.
Examines buildings that are in poor condition to determine the costs of repairs
Works with surveyors to estimate the types and amounts of materials needed to complete the construction job.
Estimates the cost of equipment needed for a job.
Maintains constant contact with site managers and engineers to estimate the duration of a project.
Estimates costs of inclement weather and unforeseen events.
Calculates the total cost of building projects.
Consults with experts to get advice on difficult cost estimations.
Estimates labor costs for a project.
Evaluates the cost effectiveness of a product’s use and makes changes where necessary to improve overall cost effectiveness.
Develops complete budgets and plans for projects.
Tracks all costs from the inception of the building project to its conclusion.
Re-figures cost estimates when necessary.
Submits customized reports to clients.
Offers advice to contractors as to whether or not it is cost effective to try different materials or products
Must have strong math and science skills.
Must be detail oriented.
Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
Knowledge of zoning and permitting processes.
Knowledge of how to read and comprehend blueprints.
Knowledge of the complex workings of plumbing, electrical, ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems.
Good interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Must be able to work effectively as a member of a team.
Must have strong computer skills, especially knowledge of spread sheets.
Knowledge of how to use file transfer programs to send large drawing files to contractors.
Knowledge of how to use complex project management software and construction scheduling software.
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management or 5+ years of industry experience.
Knowledge of construction processes and building science.
Experience working in the construction industry.
Nice to have:
Certification through the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering.
Certified Cost Consultant or CCC credentials.
Certification through the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis.
Certification from the American Society of Professional Estimators or ASPE.