Estimator jobs are important in every construction firm. Every type of project requires an accurate and comprehensive estimate of the amounts of materials, equipment, and labour necessary for the construction of the project. Estimator jobs work with the engineer's and architect's drawings or blueprints to prepare a complete list of all job costs, including labour, material, equipment, and speciality items necessary to complete the project.
Knowledge of construction techniques and proper scheduling of purchases and work are essential skills. Estimator jobs work is generally in the office, but some field coordination is often required. Estimator jobs require the ability to work accurately and quickly under pressure.
An estimator needs a good background in mathematics, drafting, blueprint reading, and English. Neatness and accuracy are important. Most estimators combine junior or community college courses in construction and engineering technology with on-the-job training to acquire needed skills. With the increasing use of computerized estimating systems, computer literacy is becoming another much-needed skill. College, although not a definite requirement, should be considered for early advancement.
Estimator jobs familiarity with the plans, specifications, and materials of a construction job provides excellent preparation for a position as project manager. Indeed, the owners and officers of many construction businesses received their initial industry experience as estimators.
Estimator jobs requirements
- have knowledge of construction techniques
- work well under pressure
- be accurate and neat
- computer literate