The assistant estimator for construction reviews project documents and establishes pricing for all of the projects in a specific geographic area. They are also responsible for reviewing project specifications and working in close collaboration with the district manager when performing their duties. The assistant estimator for construction also assists the superintendent and project manager with the overall plan of construction, solicits and obtains bids from subcontractors, prepares the contract agenda of values for authorization by the superintendent and project manager, and helps prepare the start and finish checklists.
Other activities performed by the assistant estimator for construction include securing subcontracts and purchase order agreements, assisting the project manager in creating a monthly snapshot report, and assisting the superintendent in ensuring the project meets all contract requirements. This job require the assistant estimator to maintain outstanding relationships with the architect, owner, subcontractors, engineers, municipal authorities, suppliers, and company personnel working on the project. Documenting a potential schedule delay and notifying a supervisor promptly is another essential task performed by this professional.
Candidates for assistant estimator for construction positions must have a minimum of two years of customer service and/or sales experience, be able to pass a drug test and criminal background test, and a high school diploma or equivalent. They must have experience reading and interpreting specs, plans, and blueprints as well. The job also requires a strong background in PC-based scheduling and spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel and Project.
Assistant Estimator, Construction Tasks
Interpret plans and construction materials to propose and double-check estimates.
Identify and resolve deviations from the proposal, including scope and specifications.
Oversee work progress, complete logs, and update supervisors about challenges.
Write up technical reports, subcontracts, purchase orders, project updates, and proposals.