Join Christopher Randall for an in-depth discussion in this video Becoming an estimator, part of Learning Trimble Accubid Pro.
- What I do as an estimator is I analyze the drawings and documents of a particular construction project so I could derive a price for my company to competitively bid or submit so that we can procure work. I'm a third-generation electrician. My father, my grandfather were both electrical contractors and electricians, so the progression was pretty natural for me. I started working in the field. I started managing projects, and then eventually came into the office to estimate projects and procure work for the family.
The best advice for someone who wants to become an estimator would be to be thorough and to be realistic about your expectations. There's a cultural change going from the job site to the office, but if you're in tune with what it takes to complete jobs, it's a natural progression. Accubid's a great tool for an estimator because it's intuitive. It makes a lot of suggestions for what an estimator needs to put a price together.
The math is flawless, and that's a big part of what I do, is making sure I have accurate math. So it really is a very powerful tool. It takes a lot of time of guess and work away from me.
- Navigating Accubid
- Creating a job file
- Tracking items and common assemblies
- Managing material prices
- Considering labor factors and escalation
- Tracking subcontractors
- Working with quoted material
- Managing general expenses
- Generating quotes and bids