Construction Estimators

(NOC 2234)

Career Description

Construction estimators analyze costs of and prepare estimates on civil engineering, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical construction projects.

Duties May Include

  • Prepare estimates of probable costs of materials, labour and equipment for construction projects based on contract bids, quotations, schematic drawings and specifications
  • Advise on tendering procedures, examine and analyze tenders, recommend tender awards and conduct negotiations
  • Establish and maintain tendering process and set up cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures
  • Prepare cost and expenditure statements and forecasts at regular intervals for the duration of a project
  • Prepare and maintain a directory of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors
  • Liaise, consult and communicate with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors, and prepare economic feasibility studies on changes and adjustments to cost estimates
  • Manage and co-ordinate construction projects and prepare construction progress schedules.

Estimators may specialize in estimating costs for structural, electrical or mechanical construction projects.

Examples of Titles

Chief estimator - construction
Construction estimator
Cost estimator - construction
Principal estimator - construction
Professional quantity surveyor
Quantity surveyor - construction

Where They Work

Construction estimators are employed by residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and major electrical, mechanical and trade contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Carpentry and Renovation Technician Diploma; Co-op
Civil Engineering Technology Diploma; Co-op; Advanced
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Cambrian College
Sudbury, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Civil Engineering Technician Diploma
Civil Engineering Technology Diploma; Advanced
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Modified on January 26, 2022