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For almost 4 years I have been working as Electrical Estimator in NJ Construction Company. It is my first time I work as Estimator, so I just follow instructions about how the Company use to do it.
How the electrical wire shall be measure in accurate and profitable way?
The best way to do it is measuring one by one each circuit, but how much cost an Estimator measuring wire for one entire day?
Is there any profitable, practical way to do it?
There only two ways I know of to measure branch circuits. See my posting “The Branch Takeoff Argument” from Ferbuary 2010.
Through my years of being around the electrical trade, and I have been around since the day I was born, I have always heard the saying that estimating is more of an art form than a science. I am just interested in your opinion on this.
From the very beginning of my training, I was taught that it is estimating, not accurating. It is very difficult for an estimator (even one from the field) to predict exactly how a any particular crew is going to actually make the installations. This of course leads to a lot of finger pointing, and then to efforts by management to control how installations should be done, and then to the field pushing back. It can really get to be a stressed out situation. My last two jobs before starting Carr Consulting really solidified how I handled this problem. My next-to-last job was as a chief estimator, and the finger pointing got way out of hand. My last job was as an estimator/project manager, which was great. You win a job, you run it. No finger pointing. This led to my current philosophy on estimating. As an estimator, you are responsible for creating a bucket of material dollars, and another bucket of labor hours. As a project manager, you are responsible for bringing that job to completion with leftovers in both buckets. It does not matter if the project was installed differently than you imagined as an estimator. The estimators and project managers have to coordinate to make sure that the buckets are big enough to do the job, but not so big that they prevent your company from winning work.
As you can see, this can get to be a very long conversation. Yes, estimating is an art, but it also requires components of science and historical data.
Thats the hard part of estimating. My old partner, which never did estimates. Use to tell me, bid high enough that we make $, but don’t bid to high that we don’t get the job…. That was very frustrating for me.. I told him I wish I knew the correct number. I’ve heard it so often said. I bid that at my cost and they were$$$ lower than that.. What is realy our cost? Hard to know…
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