What does an Estimator do?
An estimator builds the foundation of any project through reading all documentation, blueprints, and specifications to ensure we capture all that is required for our portion of the project. We take all this information and assign the appropriate material and labour components that are required.
As an estimator, my day is spent working on tenders (projects) and I could have a few in various stages of the "take-off" (building of the estimate). I review all the blueprints and enter the material/labour into our estimating software. I send out pricing requests to our supplier, and sub-contractors as required. The day we "close a tender" (send our final price to the customer) can be hectic as we are receiving the different prices and need to determine which one we will include in our quotation. Usually, there is a specific day and time that we must submit our price, so we have to work to meet that deadline.
Each day is different as each project is different and I have learned many different things over the years. I've met interesting people and have been a part of creating something unique. At one point during my career, I worked in a Honda plant and learned how a car is built from start to finish.