Mechanical estimators analyze a project before it starts, accurately estimating costs related to labor, materials, equipment, and other relevant areas. These professionals are hired in many service companies, ranging from HVAC/plumbing operations to construction to other applications. Daily operations include researching projects, developing reports on materials and crew requirements, and analyzing potential projects' bidding processes. This position also requires employees to build effective relationships with sub-contractors and partners.
Mechanical estimators often perform work in small teams, which requires excellent communication and teamwork skills. Other necessary skills include budgeting, strategic thinking, negotiating, organizing, and presenting findings. Basic computer skills are needed for producing reports and communicating with colleagues. Although the job has minimal physical requirements, stress may occur as accuracy and consistency on project estimates are essential. The specific work environment varies by company and the type of projects they handle. Overtime and travel time may occasionally be required.
The minimal educational requirements typically includes a bachelor's degrees in construction engineering, management, or a related field. Experience requirements generally start with a minimum of two years in an estimation job. Senior-level positions may require further experience, while entry-level or assistant jobs may be more open to less-experienced applicants.
Mechanical Estimator Tasks
Break down scope of work into definable tasks (WBS development).
Review and comprehend technical and adminstrative documents such as Requests for Proposals(RFPs) and Requests for Quotes (RFQs).
Determine work crews and production rates for performance of required tasks.
Function as a project estimator / discipline estimator in development of cost proposals.
Determine list of material takeoffs to define quantities of work materials.