Construction cost estimators are vital members of a project team. They collect data on a project’s materials and labor costs. They also work with project managers to prepare and submit bids.
This program will provide students with the foundation to become a professional construction estimator. It will teach residential and commercial print reading, quantity take-off methods, review specifications, construction operation costs and preparation of a project estimate.
Introduction to Construction Estimating
The construction industry demands accurate and precise estimates in order to compete for projects. This program provides a foundation to become a professional construction estimator from the comfort of your home with our Blackboard online learning platform. Students will learn how to use drawings and specifications to establish a cost structure for materials, labor and equipment. In addition, the course covers how to prepare a bid and how to review post-project costs to refine future estimates. Students will also learn how to calculate various calculations and perform a quantity take-off for concrete, framing, flooring materials, finish details and mechanicals.
The main challenge in construction estimating is ensuring that you’re on the same page with your client. Having the right information about what should be done and what it will cost can help you avoid budget overruns that may occur due to unforeseen circumstances. In some cases, these changes will be minor but in others, they can be significant. For example, it’s important to understand how a change in scheduling or materials can affect your project’s timeline and the associated costs.
To make an accurate estimate, you must consider all of the project’s costs, including materials, labor, bonding, insurance, and overhead. Estimators must also keep in mind that prices of materials are subject to market fluctuations and can be difficult to predict. It’s also important to add a contingency fund, which is an amount that will be used to cover any unexpected expenses that may arise during the project.
Whether you’re working on a commercial, industrial, residential or pipeline project, the quality of your estimate is critical to project success and contractor profitability. Accurate and precise estimates are required to secure construction contracts and to negotiate the best prices for materials. CEI’s courses are designed for those with little or no estimating experience, as well as experienced estimators who want to improve their skills. Since 1982, more than 100,000 company officers, owners, project managers, superintendents, foremen and office personnel have attended CEI’s training programs. The organization offers both public and private training courses that can be tailored to your specific needs.
Advanced Building Estimating
This course provides an advanced understanding of estimating principles and methodologies. It covers a number of topics, including the preparation and delivery of a complete project bid and the development of strategies for value engineering. Students also develop a comprehensive knowledge of the various construction materials used in building projects. In addition, they learn to use a variety of estimating software programs to prepare and analyze cost estimates for projects.
Students will review the basic concepts and methodologies of constructing structural elements, with an emphasis on constructability. They will also explore the different types of structural analysis and their applicability to construction processes. In addition, they will study the properties of concrete and new techniques for its construction. Finally, they will examine the role of a building engineer and how to prepare a cost estimate for a project.
The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of estimating for residential construction projects. It will cover the different methods and tools to be utilized in a residential estimating project, from preparing the quantity takeoff to applying the construction costs. It will also focus on the different types of costs involved in the design and building of a home, including labor, equipment, material, indirect and overhead costs.
CN 291 Professional Internship 1-4 cr. This course enables the student to gain real world applications with a sponsoring construction company by working as a part-time intern. Students will be expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours per week with the sponsoring construction firm, and they will be required to write a report detailing their experience.
This course examines the unique issues of company and project management encountered in construction. It includes presentations by renowned industry experts. Students will be exposed to innovative procedures and practical case studies, which will help them understand how to effectively manage a construction business. The course will also discuss the latest trends and policies in the industry.
Building Cost Estimating
The construction industry demands a highly skilled group of individuals who know how to prepare a project estimate. Having a well-organized system for the estimation process will help you create a bid that is competitive and accurate. It will also help you avoid costly errors, such as miscounting materials or missing items. Whether you’re managing a commercial construction project or preparing an estimate for a home renovation, this program can teach you how to create accurate bids.
This certificate program covers the different types of estimates used in the construction process, including the pre-design and design phases. You will learn how to read blueprints and how to calculate the cost of materials for residential/commercial construction projects. It will also cover legal concepts that affect the bidding process, such as building codes, standards, statutes, and regulations. You will also learn how to use various computer programs for estimating costs and developing construction estimates.
In addition to the cost of materials and labor, a construction estimate needs to factor in indirect costs, such as administrative expenses, fuel, maintenance, transportation costs, smaller types of equipment, temporary structures, and other miscellaneous expenses. A well-researched estimate will examine these and other factors, such as location, climate, project duration, building codes, the availability of specialized equipment, and material lead times. It will then add a profit margin to the total project cost and a contingency to account for unforeseeable events, such as materials wastage.
Accurate and precise estimating is critical to the financial viability of a construction firm. This course is designed for people working in estimating or anyone who wants to become an estimator in any part of the country and in any sector (residential, industrial, commercial, pipeline and civil).
To prepare a detailed estimate, you need to have a comprehensive understanding of the various components of a construction project. This includes an understanding of project planning, bidding and contract management, as well as the roles that key stakeholders, such as general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, and labour unions play in preparing and submitting a bid. You will also learn how to perform post-project cost analysis, which can be a crucial element in your ability to respond quickly and efficiently to changing market conditions.
Commercial Cost Estimating
The construction industry requires precise and accurate estimates to be made in order to ensure that projects are designed, budgeted for and constructed within a set scope. These estimates also serve as a project roadmap to mitigate the level of risk involved. However, there are many factors to consider when preparing an estimate. These include material quantities, unit costs, labor and equipment, overhead and profit. A commercial cost estimator must be able to identify and understand these costs in order to produce an accurate bid.
In this course, students will learn to prepare an estimated for a commercial project using a spreadsheet program and the leading construction estimating software in the industry. This course will cover the preparation of conceptual, preliminary and detailed estimates as well as the process of performing quantity takeoffs, determining unit prices, allocating units of work, and organizing a collection of estimate data.
Construction electrical estimating is a complex and time-consuming task that can be very difficult to manage. It involves a detailed analysis of the finalised project design, objectives and key deliverables to develop an estimate that can be used by contractors to assess whether they will be able to submit a competitive bid. In addition, it requires the use of historical cost data to inform the estimation process. These historical cost data must be collected and organized according to the current standard of usage.
A successful commercial construction project depends on the accuracy of the estimate. This is why it is important to take the time to carefully review the plans, specifications and drawings. Then, it is possible to determine the material quantities and unit costs to make a cost-effective estimate for a large project.
This program is a good choice for those who want to enter the construction field as a junior or intermediate estimator. It combines the knowledge and skills needed to prepare tender packages for commercial, industrial and pipeline construction projects. In addition, it provides an overview of the business, technologies and relationships within the industry.