Explore a Career as a Construction Cost Estimator
Learn the Basic Requirements for Getting Started on the Construction Estimator Career Path
About this course:
Taking this online course will help you explore the different aspects of a construction cost estimator. You will learn the basics involved in the construction estimator career path.
Are you interested in a career in the skilled construction trades? The demand for new employees in the construction trades has never been higher. A career in the skilled trades is not limited to working in the field. There are many different career paths available including construction cost estimators.
Construction cost estimators are key team members for all construction and home improvement contractors. A great project starts with a good estimate. And good estimates are developed by skilled construction estimators. Individuals interested in a construction cost estimator career path are in high demand.
What does it take to become a construction cost estimator? Individuals who are interested in pursuing a construction estimator career path should have the following skill set:
- Attention to Detail – Skilled construction cost estimators must be able to focus on the key details of a project. They must be aware of what details and information are important and be able to separate that information from the other information that will not impact the project.
- Strong Math Skills – In order to have a rewarding career as a construction cost estimator you will need to have strong math skills. Construction estimating is a math intensive profession. Skilled estimators use algebra and geometry math skills on a daily basis in order to develop their cost estimates.
- Intuitive Abilities – Construction cost estimators are intuitive by nature. Intuition is the ability to understand a situation without the need to reason through it. It is built over time by accumulating experiences and then being able to relate those experiences to the projects that you are currently facing.
Construction cost estimators are in high demand. The demand for individuals in these skilled positions is expected to rise by 9% through 2024. As the demand rises, the income levels for these skilled professionals will also increase. The 2015 median pay for individuals working in a construction estimator career path is $60,390 per year according to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
When You Take This Course You Will Learn About:
- The type of tasks that you may be asked to handle as a construction estimator.
- The importance of good construction estimates.
- How successful construction companies use construction estimates.
- How construction companies use estimates to help run projects.
- The four main types of math formulas and calculations you need to be aware of.
- How to use difficulty factors in developing estimates.
- Understanding how take-offs are completed.
- How direct costs and overhead costs impact construction cost estimates.
Chris has over 30 years of experience in the commercial and residential construction industry. He has worked in multiple roles including leading construction crews, leading sales and marketing and serving as president of his family's construction businesses.
Chris has estimated and sold projects worth over $1,000,000. He has also been responsible for maintaining key accounts for over 25 years which have resulted in millions of dollars in revenues from repeat customers.
His history and current industry involvement include:
- He is a third generation contractor. His grandfather first started in the roofing industry in the late 1940's.
- He currently serves as the President of his family's commercial roofing company.
- He currently serves as the President of Roof Asset Management Inc. - a roof consulting and evaluation firm.
- He is a certified John Maxwell Team trainer and coach.
- He holds an MBA in Executive Global Leadership from Delaware Valley University.
- He has studied leadership with Bell Leadership Institute - Chapel Hill, NC.
"I have had a front row seat to see the benefits of personal development have for individuals and the companies who pursue education and growth. Constant growth is the difference between success and failure in business."
StartIntroduction to Construction Estimating. (0:30)
StartWhat is Construction Estimating? (2:13)
StartWhat do Construction Estimators do? (2:03)
StartCompleting Quality Take-offs. (1:46)
StartLearn the 4 Basic Calculations. (2:51)
StartUsing Quantities in Your Estimates. (1:13)
StartAdjusting Factors to Determine Estimate. (1:47)
StartUnderstanding Direct Costs vs. Overhead Costs. (1:15)
StartDeveloping the Final Project Estimate. (0:44)
StartNot All Estimators are Created Equal. (1:22)