Segments in this Video

Cost Estimator: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:29)


Allison Francis compiles bid packages for clients at a commercial construction company.

Cost Estimator: Career Beginnings (00:31)

Francis sold fine jewelry at Macy's while pursuing her master's degree in historic preservation.

Cost Estimator: Keys for Success (00:51)

Cost estimators need to be detailed oriented, understand construction tools, and have strong math skills. Calculations include yardage of materials, square footage, and time until completion.

Cost Estimator: Education and Certification Requirements (01:02)

Estimators work in the field and in an office setting. Consider attending expositions and continuing education classes on construction.

Cost Estimator: Workplace Atmosphere (01:28)

There is travel involved with the job, but it is mainly local. Francis' day is divided up between meetings, consultations, and site visits. Long hours may be required if multiple companies are bidding on the same project.

Cost Estimator: Advice for Aspiring Pros (00:60)

Francis encourages students to learn skills they may not be interested in as a career.

Cost Estimator: A Day on the Job (01:22)

Every Monday, there is a manager's meeting to discuss current projects. Francis organizes priority level by due date. Cost estimators need to be people-oriented; they speak with suppliers, vendors, and subcontractors.

Cost Estimator: Industry Goals and Services (01:13)

Francis wants to provide a building that meets a client's needs. Trends and architecture vary on projects. Construction is a thriving field but fluctuates.

Cost Estimator: Industry Challenges (01:35)

Tariffs drive the cost of steel causing a price increase. Other challenges include outside forces, weather, and time. A four year college degree is not the only way to succeed.

Cost Estimator: Looking at the Future (01:12)

People will always need buildings, offices, and homes. Construction is a thriving industry. Growing trends include incorporating new technology.

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Cost Estimator—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a cost estimator? In this Career Q&A video interview, Alison Francis talks about her career path, what she does on the job, and the keys to success estimating construction costs. She also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 11 minutes

Item#: BVL190406

ISBN: 978-1-64623-454-7

Copyright date: ©2019

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