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What is a Construction Estimator job description?

The Estimator's primary function consists of the following:

Accurate estimating of project assigned.
Efficient coordination of field and office activities on assigned projects, including job-scheduling activities.
Company liaison with Owner, Architect and Engineer.
The Estimator's function is essential to the successful operation of projects. He/she must have the following qualifications:

A thorough knowledge and background in the construction industry.
A thorough knowledge and background in estimating the type of jobs normally performed by the company.
Ability to make accurate quantity surveys and to estimate the cost of materials, labor, equipment, and subcontractor's work, ascertaining that all areas have been accounted for prior to submitting estimate for review.
Maintain a high degree of integrity, loyalty and honesty; not divulge to outside parties information of a confidential nature pertaining to the company's operations or bids.
The ability to get along with people and to communicate in a professional manner with Owners, Inspectors, Architects, and others having a direct interest in a project being constructed.
Ability to carry out the duties described in the job description in an efficient manner.

The purpose of this standard procedure is to define the job description of Estimator through the outline of his/her duties, authorities, and responsibilities.


The Estimator derives authority from the Vice President and is granted full authority to perform the duties set forth in this job description. Our goal is to complete our projects ahead of schedule and within budget by utilizing the expertise of all members of the team to the fullest.


The Estimator is directly responsible to the Vice President for the proper discharge of his/her duties.


The Estimator's essential function is to estimate and manage the details of the projects, pre-construction services, submittal reviews, and scheduling. Specifically:

Study and understand the contract documents of each project before, as well as after estimating to determine areas, including provisions of the general or special conditions, that may be ambiguous or present problems or result in unforeseen costs. Such matters should be brought to the attention of the Vice President.
Investigate conditions at the jobsite prior to bid to understand and evaluated site accessibility, surface and underground conditions and any condition that would affect construction methods and costs.
Estimate accurately each job and review the estimate with Vice President in sufficient time to permit careful analysis, checking of calculations, and corrections as necessary.
Prepare at various stages (pre-bid, post award, etc.) and update as necessary the job progress schedule in coordination with the Job Superintendent.
Attend pre-construction and job meetings.
Maintain and supervise adequate estimate and plan files.
Supervise preparation of bid and job correspondence.
Monitor the maintenance of as-built drawings by the Job Superintendent as required on projects. Assure maintenance of a permanent record set, or that "as-built" information is transferred to permanent record set.
Attend seminars on estimating, management and construction techniques as the Vice President requests.
Prepare special reports requested by the President.

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