ESTIMATING

Qualified construction project managers must be able to estimate and complete take-offs.  Similarly, competent estimators must manage document flow, people, and schedule to the same degree as a well-versed PM.  This is why most top-tier General Contractors and subcontractors are successfully merging the efforts of these historically separated entities.  The course load for estimating covers all divisions for residential and light commercial estimating.  Estimating and take-off lessons include:

  • Estimating Practices - Process and Variables

  • Estimating Methods - Traditional and Digital

  • Specifications and Drawings - Types and Formats

  • Contracting Requirements and General Requirements

  • Earthwork - Site Prep, Foundation, Pile, Pavement

  • Concrete - Formwork, Cast-in-Place, Precast

  • Masonry - Masonry Units, Stone

  • Metals - Structural Steel

  • Woods, Plastics, and Composites -  Materials, Lumber

  • Thermal and Moisture Protection - Exterior Materials

  • Openings - Doors & Windows

  • Finishes - Gypsum, Tie, Ceilings, Flooring, Wall Coverings

  • Mechanical Systems - HVAC Systems

  • Electrical Systems - Power Distribution, Fixtures

  • Specialty Items and Final Bid Preparation

Each section contains review questions and activities. Students learn materials and methods, and perform quantity takeoffs for each division.