Construction estimators (NOC 2234)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum 19.00$
Median 24.75$
Maximum 36.92$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
4,500
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

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.

Main duties

  • Construction estimators perform 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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

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.

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