22303 – Construction estimators



22303 – Construction estimators
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.


Index of titles
Building construction estimator
Certified construction estimator
Chief estimator - construction
Construction cost consultant
Construction cost estimator
Construction estimator
Contractors estimator
Cost estimator - construction
Electrical and mechanical quantity surveyor
Electrical estimator - construction
Junior estimator - construction
Mechanical estimator - construction
Plumbing estimator - construction
Principal estimator - construction
Professional estimator - construction
Professional quantity surveyor
Quantity surveyor - construction
Quantity surveyor-estimator
Senior estimator - construction
Trade contractor estimator - construction


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
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 coordinate construction projects and prepare construction progress schedules.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
Completion of a three-year college program in civil or construction engineering technology or several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a construction trade such as plumbing, carpentry or electrical, are required.
Certification by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors is usually required.


Additional information
Estimators may specialize in estimating costs for structural, electrical or mechanical construction projects.
Progression to more senior positions in this unit group, such as senior estimator or to construction management positions is possible with experience.


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Civil engineering technologists and technicians (22300)
Civil engineers (21300)
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