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Civil Estimator

Civil Estimator

Provide cost estimates and budget plans for the tendering process of civil engineering projects.

What's it like to be a Civil Estimator?

Civil Estimators prepare and deliver estimates, budgets and cost plans for civil engineering projects. Civil engineering projects include the design, construction and maintenance of structures such as roads, railways, buildings, water reservoirs, subdivisions, airports, bridges, sewer systems, tunnels and dams.

Tasks and duties

  • Interpreting plans, regulations and codes of practice.
  • Calculating costs and estimating timelines with a high level of accuracy.
  • Liaising with governments, clients and stakeholders.
  • Working closely with construction managers, architects and surveyors to plan and develop a budget for building projects.
  • Using software to calculate the cost and timeframes for a project, check subcontractor quotes and submit tenders.
  • Planning, reviewing and delivering final estimate of budget and cost plans.
Civil Estimators review project plans, liaise with clients and stakeholders, visit work sites and consider a range of factors which affect costs before providing the final estimate for the project tender.
Civil Estimators often work to tight deadlines when working on a tender, have strong analytical skills in order to provide accurate estimates, and use a range of computer software to collate and analyse data.

What can I earn as a Civil Estimator?

The most common salary  for a Civil Estimator is between $120k and $140k
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How to become a Civil Estimator

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It is possible to work as a Civil Estimator without formal training, however most employers prefer candidates with qualifications in Civil Construction Management or a background in Civil Engineering. Extensive experience in the industry is also usually required.
  1. Hold a White Card. You can apply for a White Card online, and it is mandatory to hold one in order to work on a construction site in Australia.
  2. Complete a qualification in Estimation. This could be a Certificate IV in Building and Construction – Estimating (CPC40308), or a Bachelor degree majoring in Civil Engineering.
  3. Build your industry experience in a junior role – many Civil Estimators begin their careers as an Estimating Assistant.

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Gain the skills and knowledge to work as a Civil Estimator with a nationally recognised qualification.

Duration 1 yr - 2 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Communication skills
  • Thoroughness
  • Computer skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Project management
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Design
  • Team work
  • Adaptability
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How do Civil Estimators rate their role?

Latest reviews from 2 Civil Estimators surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Civil Construction
The good things
Have you had lots of field experience and want to settle down and work in the Company's Office? Want the satisfaction of pursuing and then winning job opportunities? Do you like to think and plan out ...
The challenges
At the end of the day it is the estimator that is responsible for coming up with the price so the biggest challenge can be getting everyone in the team to deliver their responsibilities, from designs ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Certificate of Postgraduate Studies
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
civil construction
The good things
flexible, work from any part of the world, site inspections meeting new clients, suppliers and construction collueges latest software available will never be replaced by machines as it is based on exp...
The challenges
long travels to site inspection impacts on submission times of other tenders. it is better to be in a team of 1 or more estimators
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What are the job opportunities for Civil Estimators?

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Job opportunities

Civil Estimator jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
Source: LMIP. Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
Latest Civil Estimator jobs on SEEK
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Due to the roll out of a new strategic plan we are looking to hire an Civil Estimator. If your an experienced Civil Estimator apply NOW !
Hays Construction
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
3x Estimators, Manager and below for excellent Tier2 contractor. 3-15 yrs experience. $100k- $150k+ super
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SVC Products Pty Ltd
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
We're growing our team and a new opportunity exists for the right person to join our Civil Estimating team and make things happen.
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2h ago
Design & Build
Estimator required for a Tier 1 contractor to work on the winning of water projects
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