Estimator

Alternative titles for this job include Cost engineer

Estimators work out how much it will cost for a company to supply products and services to its clients.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings attending events or appointments

How to become an Estimator

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role

University

You could study for a higher national diploma or degree before looking for work. Relevant subjects include:

  • structural engineering
  • civil engineering
  • construction
  • quantity surveying

Courses at this level usually include units on contract tendering, estimating and buying.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels to do a degree or higher national diploma

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Work

You could move into estimating work after getting work experience as an administrator, craftsperson, technician or surveying assistant.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

You could apply to join the Association of Cost Engineers to get access to professional development, networking opportunities and industry news.

Further information

You can find more details about working in construction and engineering from Go Construct and Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • researching materials, equipment, transport and labour costs
  • collecting quotes from materials suppliers and sub-contractors
  • helping plan job timescales
  • assessing the levels of risk on a project
  • analysing company data, exchange rates and prices
  • preparing and submitting quotations and cost summaries for work
  • helping with bids for new contracts and supporting buying activities
  • monitoring the stages of a project to make sure costs are kept in line with forecasts

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a project team leader, quality assurance inspector or contracts manager.

You could also move into a related area, like quantity surveying, supply chain or general management.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an Estimator right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management (Construction) (QCF)

  • Provider: CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT CENTRE LTD
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location:

BSc(Hons) Construction Management (Top Up)

  • Provider: Moulton College
  • Start date: 23 September 2019
  • Location: Northampton

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