Electrical Estimator Jobs
First Nick Painting Company
Venture General Contracting
$60000 - $90000 / Per Year
Clover Leaf Solutions Inc.
$17 - $35 / Per Hour
Strom Engineering Corporation
$48000 - $62000 / Per Year
$75000 - $100000 / Per Year
VRD Contracting, Inc.
$90000 / Per Year
Bradley Construction Co Inc
Electrical Estimator Jobs Overview
Are you a master at negotiating good deals with cable companies, cell phone providers, and retailers? Do you watch YouTube videos on electronics for fun? Then you might want to apply for electrical estimator jobs, where you can create or review bids for electrical projects for contractors and clients.
When working for a contractor, electrical estimators prepare detailed bids that include the estimated costs for labor, parts, and materials. When working for a client, they analyze bids from contractors to determine if the prices are reasonable, and if not, negotiate better prices. This is a great job if you thrive on structure, organization, and data and if you have a competitive nature.
Preparing a bid or counterbid often requires researching materials, other supplies, and current market prices; reviewing blueprints; and maintaining cost databases. You may also prepare reports, appraise existing structures, and create work schedules. An electrical estimator who does well can advance to a senior estimator or project manager.
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Electrical Estimator Education and Skills
Electrical estimators typically have an associate or bachelor's degree. Some are trained and licensed electricians, while others have a degree in engineering or construction. If you choose the latter route, select a program that has classes on electricity, since you'll need a basic understanding of electrical principles, standards, and codes to be an electrical estimator.
It's helpful but not required to be certified. The most common certifications are from the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) and the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE).
In addition to education and certification, you'll need to be a skilled negotiator to be successful as an electrical estimator, whether you work for a client or contractor. You'll also need to have exceptional organizational skills—you'll spend a lot of your time preparing documents and recording prices. Electrical estimators are also masters of multitasking, since they usually juggle several projects at once.
Read our job description of an estimator to learn more about what employers are looking for in candidates.
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How Much Do Electrical Estimator Jobs Pay?
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Find Out More About Companies That Are Hiring
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