Estimator Training

The Fundamentals of Electrical Estimating

Many contractors place someone in their office and give them a set of drawings and the only experience they have is that they can count symbols. There are “symbol counters” and then there are “estimators.” Just as an apprenticeship program allows beginners to work with experienced journeymen, junior estimators need to work with experienced estimators. I specialize in software training in Trimble® ACCUBID™ products.

I can provide training in the following:

  • Estimating methods
  • Maximizing your software
  • Producing accurate estimates faster
  • Database manager training – SO IMPORTANT!
  • Advanced takeoff methods
  • Go paperless in your take-offs

You need a seasoned estimator with a proven track record to give your estimating department some maturity. Contact me and I will work out a plan that will fit your needs.

Take your estimators and estimating department to the next level with quality training.

An estimator must understand the fundamentals of electrical estimating to properly use estimating software to its full potential.

This module is delivered through onsite training in the contractor’s office or at a location secured by the contractor. It includes a printed training manual of these lessons for each attendee.

This module consists of nine lessons about the fundamentals of electrical estimating. These lessons cover the most important principles to give the estimator a solid understanding of the estimating process. These lessons are taught in the context of computerized estimating, not manual estimating.

Lesson 1 – Estimating Philosophy

  1. What Is Electrical Contracting?
  2. Installers Not Engineers
  3. The Role of The Estimator
  4. Focus on What Matters
  5. The Estimator’s Best Friend
  6. The NEC And Electrical Estimating

Lesson 2 – The Estimator

  1. Qualities of An Estimator
  2. Responsibilities of The Estimator
  3. What Is Not the Estimator’s Responsibilities
  4. Accepting Responsibility

Lesson 3 – Organization

  1. Communication Organization
  2. Estimate Three-Ring Binders
  3. Estimate Checklist
  4. Bid Summary Checklist
  5. Managing Multiple Projects
  6. The Estimator’s Files

Lesson 4 – The Contract Documents

Lesson 5 – Estimate Preparation

  1. Information to Bidders Review
  2. Bid Form Review
  3. Front End Specifications Review
  4. Spec Review – Divisions 26, 27, 28
  5. Installation Drawings Review

Lesson 6 – Estimating Labor

  1. Labor Units
  2. The Standard Labor Unit
  3. Labor Columns
  4. Factoring Labor
  5. Conduit Factoring Percentage Tables
  6. Feeder Pulling Labor Factoring
  7. Branch Pulling Labor Factoring
  8. Ladder and Scaffold Work
  9. Multi-Story Factor
  10. Identical Building Factor
  11. Supervision
  12. Labor Factors
  13. Overtime Impact
  14. Multiple Labor Factors
  15. Calculating Crew Size
  16. Labor Units Exclusions

Lesson 7 – Estimating Technique

  1. Accuracy in Takeoff
  2. Estimating Style – The Drawings
  3. Quantifying and Bidding
  4. Labor Hours Per Square Foot
  5. The One-Line Diagram
  6. Alternates
  7. Addendums
  8. Request for Information
  9. Estimating and Bidding Mistakes

Lesson 8 – The Estimating Sequence

This is a 28-step sequence that will allow the estimator to maintain consistency and minimize mistakes and omissions.

Lesson 9 – Bid Day