Construction estimators analyze costs of and prepare estimates on civil engineering, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical construction projects. They are employed by residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and major electrical, mechanical and trade contractors or they may be self-employed.
- Prepares estimates of construction costs including materials, labour, and equipment;
- Develops the bill of quantities for specific construction projects;
- Provides advice on tendering procedures, examines tenders and recommends awards;
- Obtains bids from vendors and subcontractors by specifying materials, identifying qualified subcontractors and by negotiating price;
- Prepares construction budgets based on accepted contract bids and quotations;
- Prepares cost and expenditure reports throughout the life of the project;
- Liaises with owners and construction professionals to establish needed changes to original cost estimates;
- Maintains a directory of suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors;
- Resolves cost discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information;
- Prepares special reports by accumulating and analyzing data and trends;
- Sustains quality service by following established industry standards;
- Coordinates with corporate head office and with local construction staff by documenting irregularities and recurring problems.
Three-year college program in civil engineering or construction engineering technology.