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Estimator Training

The Fundamentals of Electrical Estimating

Many contractors place someone in their office and give them a set of drawings and the only experience they have is that they can count symbols. There are “symbol counters” and then there are “estimators.” Just as an apprenticeship program allows beginners to work with experienced journeymen, junior estimators need to work with experienced estimators. I specialize in software training in Trimble® ACCUBID™ products.

I can provide training in the following:

  • Estimating methods
  • Maximizing your software
  • Producing accurate estimates faster
  • Database manager training – SO IMPORTANT!
  • Advanced takeoff methods
  • Go paperless in your take-offs

You need a seasoned estimator with a proven track record to give your estimating department some maturity. Contact me and I will work out a plan that will fit your needs.

Take your estimators and estimating department to the next level with quality training.

An estimator must understand the fundamentals of electrical estimating to properly use estimating software to its full potential.

This module is delivered through onsite training in the contractor’s office or at a location secured by the contractor. It includes a printed training manual of these lessons for each attendee. This estimator training module is NOT available online.

This module consists of five lessons about the fundamentals of electrical estimating. These lessons cover the most important principles to give the estimator a solid understanding of the estimating process. These lessons are taught in the context of computerized estimating, not manual estimating.

Lesson 1 – The Fundamentals of Electrical Estimating

  1. Introduction to Electrical Estimating
  2. Estimating Philosophy
  3. The Estimator
  4. Organization
  5. Estimating Materials
  6. Understanding Labor
  7. The Estimating Sequence

Lesson 2 – Estimate Preparation

  1. The Contract Documents
  2. Estimate Preparation
  3. The Pre-Bid Meeting & Site Visit

Lesson 3 – The Takeoff

  1. Introduction to Takeoff
  2. Estimate Organization
  3. Estimating Technique
  4. Installation Labor Factors

Lesson 4 – The Extension

  1. The Importance of the Extension
  2. Checking the Takeoff
  3. Focus on What Matters

Lesson 5 – Bid Summary

  1. Introduction to Bid Summarization
  2. Project Labor Factors
  3. Summarizing the Estimate
  4. Labor Summary
  5. Bid Day
  6. Checking the Bid Summary

Estimator Training Testimonials:

“The training material and presentation was first class. Many estimating tips and best practices were presented.”

“Don is an excellent trainer and is able to explain things in ways that are easy to understand.”

“Don’s training gave me a better grasp on electrical estimating and factors to look for and create the best product.”

“Very informative course! Excellent information and it was presented perfectly. Thank you for your wisdom and patience.”

“Very relaxed and effective atmosphere. You provided a positive environment in which to learn. Provided solid information to supplement existing
   knowledge. A very enjoyable experience.”

“Don Kiper (instructor) shares best practices, philosophy, methodology and techniques to teach resourceful outcomes.”