Construction estimators calculate costs and prepare estimates for civil engineering, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical construction projects.
Construction estimators calculate costs and prepare estimates for civil engineering, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical construction projects. You may work for residential, commercial and industrial construction companies or for major electrical, mechanical and trade contractors. You may also be self-employed and provide your services on a contract basis.
Generally, construction estimators:
This job requires:
College or University
This job requires
0 - 2
years of work experience.
Source: Ontario Job Futures [PDF]
As a construction estimator, you need to:
Source: Ontario Skills Passport
You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with clients, suppliers and team members. Your team can include architects, engineers, technicians, contractors and construction workers.
Now, computer knowledge is commonly required for this profession. You need to know how to use estimating, take-off and scheduling software as well as traditional spreadsheet and database software.
The demand for Construction Estimators is dependent upon the level of construction activity which is expected to remain healthy over the next few years.
The work prospects for this job are:
The average hourly wage for this job is:
These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.
Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.
Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).
Some college and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.
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