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What Is a Construction Estimator and How to Become One

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What Does a Construction Estimator Do?

A construction estimator is a professional who estimates the cost of a construction project before that project begins. Construction estimators examine the blueprints, current material, labor costs, trends, as well as other contributing factors. After careful consideration of all the possible costs, the construction estimator presents an estimate of the cost of the project at hand to their client or company.

How Do You Become a Construction Estimator?

To become a construction estimator, you should complete a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as construction management. Once you have your degree, you must build experience in your field. You can complete an internship or accept an entry-level position with a company. You can also become certified as a construction estimator. Many employers prefer candidates who have certification, though some do not require it.

What Are Different Types Of Construction Estimator Jobs?

"Construction estimator" is the general term for any professional estimator who works in the construction field, but there are various areas of specialization in this career. Mechanical and electrical construction estimators specialize in the cost of installing mechanical and electrical systems for commercial and residential projects. Structural estimators are knowledgeable about all costs involved above ground on a project and civil engineer estimators usually specialize in everything ground level and below, meaning all site prep work done up to the foundation.

Where Do Construction Estimators Work?

As a construction estimator, you work in a variety of places. You spend a lot of your time on job sites, such as roadways, commercial and residential buildings, and schools. You also will likely travel by car a lot, including meetings with vendors and municipal officials. You will also spend time working in your office or at home on your computer to prepare proposals/estimates.

Construction Estimator Job Description Sample

With this Construction Estimator job description sample, you can get a good idea of what employers are looking for when hiring for this position. Remember though, every employer is different and each will have unique qualifications when they hire for their Construction Estimator position.


We are seeking an experienced, motivated individual to join our team as a Construction Estimator. Our company works on residential, industrial, and commercial construction projects, so you must be familiar with a wide range of worksites, cost structures, and timelines. Your job duties include surveying potential worksites; collaborating with contractors, vendors, and labor agencies; and providing a comprehensive cost analysis for potential clients. Every estimate needs to address all relevant governmental regulations. Excellent communication skills are required to present your estimates to stakeholders and clients.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create comprehensive cost estimates for a wide variety of construction projects
  • Survey potential sites for suitability and associated cost
  • Verify vendor and subcontractor estimates fall within the defined scope
  • Create estimates for all necessary insurance considerations
  • Maintain client confidentiality

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field preferred, but not required
  • Prior experience as an estimator and general contractor
  • Proficiency with cost estimating software
  • Familiarity with construction practices, costs, and procedures
  • Experience with vendor management, procurement, and construction management

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