Few other professions within the commercial construction industry bridge as many specialty gaps as a Cost Estimator. Possessing familiarity with structural engineering, architecture, CAD technology, construction roles, cost of materials, and project timelines, a Construction Cost Estimator must wear many hats simultaneously to get the job done. 

What does a Cost Estimator Do? 

A Cost Estimator in the construction industry is responsible for determining how much a construction project ultimately costs to complete. Working closely with construction project managers, engineers, and materials specialists, they can carefully calculate the project costs for accurate and competitive job bidding. 

In addition to calculating the cost of the materials for a construction job, Cost Estimators must determine the cost of specialized personnel and equipment necessary to complete a job. They also need to keep variables in mind, such as the required speed of a build-out, potential weather delays, supply chain issues, and price variations throughout the process.

What does the average day look like for a Cost Estimator? 

Not a fan repetition? If this is you, you may enjoy the fast-paced life of a Cost Estimator. Just as no project is identical, the details of estimating a construction project can vary widely—making for exciting workdays. 

Most Cost Estimators work in an office environment, analyzing CAD drawings, plans, and schematics, architectural renderings, and other details to help them determine at what price a construction company can accurately bid a residential or commercial construction job. 

What skills does a Cost Estimator need to have? 

Most Cost Estimators are not only savvy with the financial aspects of the construction industry but are also immensely familiar with CAD technology. A solid background in mathematics and computer technologies is crucial to be a competent construction Cost Estimator. Because of this reason, many Cost Estimators have Bachelor’s degrees in fields related to Construction Management, Computer Science, or Structural Engineering. With this said, many Cost Estimators receive some amount of on-the-job training at the beginning of their career. 

Cost Estimators frequently work on teams—both with other Cost Estimators or construction specialists (project managers, engineers, and the like), so they must also be master communicators and team players. 

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Construction Cost Estimator? Let us know! 

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