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Estimators play a key role in the construction industry, ensuring profitability and cost effectiveness in the delivery of projects. An estimator will calculate the approximate total cost of a project, taking into consideration the materials and labour costs required to bring it to life. Builders can then effectively price new homes and companies can make bids for tenders to build new shopping centres, hotels and freeway extensions. .

An estimator may spend most of their time in an office but can from time to time be required to visit a site to gather information on access, availability of electricity, water and other services as well as to make an assessment of site characteristics and drainage - all variables that may influence final cost of a project.  Estimtors also monitor construction costing systems and review and prepare tender bids for building contracts.

Suggested pathway into estimating

  • Schools2Skills Certificate II in Construction Business

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