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Building Estimator

Building Estimator

An analytical role that demands an eye for detail, technical knowledge and problem-solving ability.

What's it like to be a Building Estimator?

Building Estimators prepare and deliver estimates for the cost of materials, labour and equipment needed to complete a construction or building project.

Tasks and duties

  • Work with construction managers, architects and surveyors to plan and develop a budget for building projects.
  • Use software to calculate the cost and time estimates for a project, check subcontractor quotes and submit tenders.
  • Interpret plans, regulations and relevant codes of practice.
Estimation is an essential part of the planning and tender process, and Building Estimators will often work with other professionals to make sure projects are completed on time and on budget.
Building Estimators may work on residential, commercial or government projects, and may be required to visit clients, members of construction teams and construction sites.

What can I earn as a Building Estimator?

The most common salary  for a Building Estimator is between $75k and $85k
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How to become a Building Estimator

To work as a Building Estimator, extensive experience within the building and construction industry is needed, together with a formal qualification, such as the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) CPC40308.
  1. Complete either a Certificate IV in Building (Construction Estimation) or a Diploma of Building and Construction CPC50210.
  2. Apply to get a "White Card" through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), as anyone who works on a construction site in Australia is required to undertake construction induction training. You will need to provide the trainer with 100 points of ID and pay the fee (set independently by each RTO).
  3. There are many options to progress your career as a building estimator - consider moving into consultancy or a construction management role.

Explore Building Estimator qualifications

Get qualified to work as a Building Estimator with a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating), or develop your building career with a Bachelor Degree.

Duration 40 wks - 4 yrs
18 institutions offering this qualification
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Pricing skills
  • Reporting skills
  • Tendering experience
  • Fit out experience
  • Take-off experience
  • Construction
  • Computer skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Written skills
  • Self motivation

Shortlisted applicants have:

  • AutoCAD experience
  • Project management skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Revit
  • Microsoft Project skills
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Adaptability
  • Learning aptitude
  • Project management
  • Stakeholder management
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How do Building Estimators rate their role?

Latest reviews from 11 Building Estimators surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Estimation Department - Alumco Co. (Facade Specialist)
The good things
Building Estimator was the hardest job i ever done to all the careers I've worked. But every each day I'm developing myself to become the best possible. I'm now became a subject matter expert in an ar...
The challenges
Building Estimator had too much challenges you need to face like PRESSURE or DEADLINES. Pressure means if there is project on rush you need to finish it by today all your boss will keep focusing & ask...
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Construction
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
nursing enviroment
The challenges
Work load varies for different seasons.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
BSc. (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Pre & Post contract
The good things
Its all about construction cost. Day to day there are so many new things get to know about construction methods, materials, etc. But it is really interesting. Cost estimators are the eye of the projec...
The challenges
Everyday have new challenges about ( new methodologies, etc).
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Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Challenging but Interesting! and Rewarding!
Reviewer's Qualification:Senior Quantity Surveyor
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Fabrication/Production Quantity Surveyor for Oil & Gas Sector
The good things:Building Estimator is similar to Quantity Surveyor, Challenging but interesting! Bachelor's Degree Electrical Engineering Graduate Project Engineer/ Estimator/ Quantity Surveyor Oil & Gas/ Building/ Housing/ Railway Projects Good Things Being in this field brought me to a wide range of work experience exposure not only in the field of Electrical but also in other fields of Engineering such as Structural/ Civil, Mechanical/ Piping and even Cost Engineering which leads to a lot of work opportunity offers as well as enjoying the different job placement assignments as well as meeting a lot of people, places and their culture. my chosen field it helped a lot of women friends of the same field to be uplifted and excel in whatever endeavor they choose to take.
The challenges:Challenges Being in the men's world, I have encountered a lot of difficulties and hardships as discrimination arises due to my gender (female) but with Gods unending help, guidance, favor and love I was able to made it well in my chosen field of work and even excel than most of my men colleagues and given higher roles than most of my batch mates, which helped my women friends with the same field not to be dismayed as they see the hope to excel as well whatever and wherever the assignments maybe as long as you did the best you could and do your part in your chosen field of work.
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
QS & PM is very challenging but equally rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification:10+ years experience. No qualification.
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Engineering and Construction
The good things:Challenging
The challenges:professional relationships long hours accuracy
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Quantity Surveying is tough, but rewarding on completion
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelors of Quantity Surveying
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Quantity Surveying
The good things:Interacting with Architects and Engineers which brings a different dimension to what you do. Can get out of the office on a daily bases and don't feel cramped in your office. There is plenty of techniques in construction today, and staying on-top of everything might seem challenging from time to time, but it is also good for personal development and advice giving to others.
The challenges:Every contractor has his way of doing things as well as subcontractors. All of them needs to be paid for work executed. Sometimes you cannot pay them due to quality of work and/or over claiming. These normally end up in disputes. I find it very challenging to fight people about money.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Civil Engineering is a challenging work and estimation is on
Reviewer's Qualification:Diploma in Civil Engineering
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Construction and consultancy
The good things:It is a very challenging role but all you need is to have a very wide experience in construction to be able to picture out the estimation process.
The challenges:It is very important to have actual construction experience
Rating:3
Date received:Feb 2018
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Reviewer's Qualification:MRICS
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Diversity of projects
The challenges:Deadline is always challenging
Rating:3
Date received:Feb 2018
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Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Applied Science
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Challenging fast-paced
The challenges:Task Priorities
Rating:1
Date received:Feb 2018
Building administration is a boring job
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of engineering civil
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Building
The good things:My role gives me a lot of real world knowledge but the salary is below average. Companies are using us in the situation of downterm building market
The challenges:In this role one needs to remember to not forget
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Quantity Surveying, best career in hash economic envirnment
Reviewer's Qualification:Higher National Diploma
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:The work of an estimator will get one in close contact with many other professionals for instance the estimator is likely to be in regular contact with other professionals within the industry such as Engineers, Architects etc and in many occasions with commercial, Human resources departments and even top management especially in commercial/ profit oriented organizations like ours.So one is able to understand the running of the enterprise and getting equipped to manage personal business if the opportunity comes.
The challenges:When I got the first job after graduation, I did not have working knowledge of computer yet I was expected to prepare and present all my reports with a computer. Apart from learning to work as a professional in such a big office, I also have to learn to use the computer fast at least to perform tasks assigned to me on daily bases.
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What are the job opportunities for Building Estimators?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Building Estimator jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
1.6%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
Latest Building Estimator jobs on SEEK
Australian Building & Construction Group
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
We are an industry leader, a game changer with a successful track record and due to continued growth we need an Estimator to join the team!
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Johns Lyng Group
Melbourne > Eastern Suburbs
Do you have a Carpentry / Building Trade background and experience Estimating Construction projects? Join our Doncaster Head Office team!
Design & Build
Sydney > Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Kit home building company is looking for an Estimator who has experience building new homes or estimating for a frame/truss plant to work on kit homes
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Private Advertiser
Bendigo, Goldfields & Macedon Ranges
Located in Macedon Ranges.
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