Construction Estimator

Construction Estimator Job Function:

Prepares work to be estimated by gathering proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents. Identifies labor, material, and time requirements by studying proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents. Computes costs by analyzing labor, material, and time requirements.

Construction Estimator Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Construction or engineering from an accredited university or appropriate technical training preferred.
  • Five to ten years of estimating experience in the commercial construction industry.
  • Must know and understand all facets of the public and commercial construction industry.
  • Must possess an understanding of how jobs will go together functionally and envision the work to be performed and the difficulty involved when preparing an estimate. Needs excellent skills in dealing with suppliers, contractors, and fellow employees.
  • Must be able to read and interpret blueprints and/or drawings.
  • Must be able to do routine arithmetic calculations required for estimating and job costing control reports.
  • Must be computer literate with the ability to utilize appropriate software programs.
  • Must be able to communicate in English effectively both verbally and in writing well enough to prepare and read reports, give direction or instructions to employees and interact with clients, staff, vendors, and peers.
  • Must have an appreciation of the workings of all equipment required in commercial and residential construction work.
  • Must be able to visualize from blueprints, or drawings, the finished product for take-off requirements
  • Work will be done in a climate-controlled office environment and on job sites. There will be some travel by vehicle to construction site locations which will involve routine traffic hazards. Must be able to walk around job sites that are in various stages of completion.
  • The estimator must be proficient in Microsoft Office Products and Microsoft Project at a minimum. The estimator will be using On-Screen take-off and Dodge Docupro, therefore, he/she will need to learn how to use them and shall become proficient with it.

Construction Estimator Description:

  •  The estimator is required to gather all information pertinent to the work that he needs to bid by site visits, meeting with the client, drawings, specifications, addendums, governing agencies, pictures.
  • The estimator is to prepare the invitation to bid for the project.
  • Prepare a complete quantity take-off of the project.
  • Generate a “Request for Information” (RFI) to the client. Maintain log for all RFIs.
  • Prepare preliminary schedules.
  • Prepare conceptual, detailed, in-house and RS Means estimates.
  • Must be able to identify areas where savings can be obtained and provide Value Engineering (VE) options to the clients with pricing.
  • Meet with Operations to deliver and explain all documents or information, of any relevance, that were received, created, and developed during the bid process.
  • The estimator is to attend and represent the company at different showcases that his manager requires him to attend.