CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATOR

$90,750 earning potential

Construction estimators calculate the estimated costs of construction projects to bid on jobs or to determine the price of products or services.

This option is for you if:

You like making things and working with your hands

You’re willing to show up early and stay late

You’re a problem solver

You’re a good communicator

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MARIA GARCIA

CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATOR

High school: Rogers High School

Age: 29

Where I trained: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

What I Earned: Associate of Applied Science in Computer Aid Design with an emphasis in Architectural Design and an Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology

Employer: Nabholz in Rogers

SALARY INFO:

HIGH-END EARNERS IN ARKANSAS (TOP 10%):

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RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analyze business and financial data
  • Estimate costs of goods or services
  • Assess the cost effectiveness of products, projects or services
  • Keep track of costs
  • Communicate with owners, architects and subcontractors
  • Attends pre-bid meetings and job walks

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The drafting courses that I took in high school sparked my interest in architecture and construction. Having an opportunity to be involved with a project from the initial design, and witnessing it being built from the ground up is satisfying."

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UPWARD MOBILITY:

"With Nabholz, I have the option of progressing to the roles of Senior Estimator, Pre-construction Specialist, Senior Pre-construction Specialist or Pre-construction Manager. I also have the opportunity to branch out and have field experience in the role of Project Engineer, Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager or Project Executive."

What people would find surprising about my job is the amount of collaboration, interaction and hours needed to be invested by all (architects, engineers, owner, estimators, project managers, superintendents, and subcontractors) prior to the start of construction in order to meet the owner’s needs, provide quality work and a safe environment to successfully complete the project."