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Estimators perform various functions in ensuring accurate estimate of cost of electrical Power Distribution and Control Equipment.
The typical job description for an estimators: Tasks, duties, and responsibilities are shown below:
- Interpret customer's specifications, plan-view, single line, three line and schematic drawings.
- Working knowledge of ANSI, NEMA, UL and NEC standards and codes.
- Identifying and developing cost estimates by analyzing the materials and labor needed to build equipment to meet customer's electrical/mechanical requirements.
- Prepare proposals (in conjunction with Engineering and Purchasing inputs) provide detailed equipment bills of materials, electrical/mechanical drawings and commercial terms and conditions.
- Identifying and knowing the risks involved in the projects
- Assist customers in customizing designs for electrical equipment.
- Liaising and communicating effectively with customers and the company's purchasing, engineering and production departments.
- Along with purchasing and engineering departments, request and negotiate vender pricing in order to obtain best prices.
- Maintain material cost databases and outlining common costs in order to save time on future estimates.
- Maintain bid logs and assist with sales forecast.
Electrical Estimator Requirements – Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge for Career Success
Your ability to meet the requirements will mean that you can perform the purpose, obligations, and objectives of the electrical estimator role, which helps the recruiter to find the right candidates for the job.
- Ability to analyze and assess multiple data points, including blueprints, material costs, and timelines to deliver an accurate estimate on time and within budget
- High analytical and mathematical skills which require an electrical estimator to ensure that his/her calculations are accurate and correct to keep jobs profitable
- Sound organization and time management skills, as an electrical estimator needs to ensure that he/she submits project bids on time, with the ability to maintain composure when multiple projects occur at once
- Well-developed oral and written communication skills which enable an electrical estimator to work efficiently with customer, their engineers and other professionals that are involved in the projects.