Plumbing estimators are responsible for finding potential new clients and jobs which fall within a given range of criteria and presenting them to the company in a detailed but easily-understood manner. These estimators are expected to analyze front-end costs on jobs and estimate the required capital it will take to complete the job, and they must also be able to analyze blueprints, technical documents, and construction drawings for these estimates. The cost should include not only man-hours on the job, but also equipment and material costs.
Plumbing estimators are typically required to implement development strategies for construction which include employee schedules, materials, outside contractor involvement, and any potential issues that may arise due to clients' demands. They also serve as liaisons for any potential third-parties, such as clients or labor contractors.
A high school diploma or equivalent and at least three years of experience in plumbing and/or construction are generally required for this position, and strong communication skills and fluency in Spanish are also helpful. Basic familiarity with computers and software programs are also necessary to facilitate communication and documentation. Plumbing estimators typically work full-time hours with potential on-call duties depending on the employer.