An estimator in the construction industry is responsible for compiling estimates of how much it will cost to provide a client or potential client with products or services. They do this by working out how much a project is likely to cost and create budgets accordingly. They will also assess materials, labour and equipment required and analyse different quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers.
You can get into this job through:
You could start by taking a project controls technician advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
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You could do a higher national diploma or degree before looking for work. Relevant subjects include:
- structural engineering
- civil engineering
- quantity surveying
Courses at this level usually include units on contract tendering, estimating and buying.
You'll usually need between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree.
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You could move into estimating work after getting work experience as an administrator, craftsperson, technician or surveying assistant.
You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
You could apply to join the Association of Cost Engineers for professional development, networking opportunities and industry news.
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.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Building technician
- Civil engineering technician
- Construction contracts manager
- Construction manager
- Excellent maths and IT skills
- Attention to detail
- Project management skills
- Organised in your approach
- Ability to work to deadlines
£20,000 to £60,000