Plumbing estimators usually work directly under project managers and gather information about plumbing projects, as well as provide employers or clients with estimated costs by calculating costs of materials and labor. They must plan all aspects of the construction process and work closely with architects and engineers, and strong verbal and written communication skills are important in this position.
Plumbing estimators should be able to work with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment, and they may need to prepare bids to be submitted to prospective clients and create scope-of-work and progress reports. To ensure smooth and successful operations, they must maintain contact with relevant parties, such as contractors, civil engineers, and architects, and they are expected to maintain all documents related to scope of work, change orders, as-built drawings, and budgets from start to finish for projects.
A bachelor's degree or trade school training may be required for this position, while some employers require only a high school diploma and relevant prior experience. Proficiency with computer software and Microsoft Office programs is often necessary, and plumbing estimators may travel to job sites, clients' offices, and/or vendors. Long hours may occasionally be necessary to meet deadlines.