Estimators are the cost experts! They analyse construction projects and get into the nitty-gritty of what's needed, including all the work, equipment, and materials. They use their knack for numbers and knowledge about building costs to make sure everything in a project is planned out just right, keeping costs under control.
What does this job involve?
Figuring out exactly what needs to be done in a project
Calculating material, labor and equipment costs using information
Creating detailed project proposals
Determining required materials and quantities
Obtaining pricing from suppliers and subcontractors
Developing project budgets and cost forecasts
Working alongside other industry professionals such as architects, engineers, project managers, and contract administrators to ensure all aspects of the project align for successful completion
Utilising software and databases for accuracy
Evaluating market and competitor pricing
How do I get into this career?
You will usually need a formal qualification in building and construction estimating or construction management to work as an estimator. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways for construction estimators. An interest and skills in maths and IT is also important.