Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on course work.
This Estimating and Bidding 2 Online course features hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with Metals, Wood, Doors and Windows, Finishes, Electrical, and Mechanical Estimating. We will also focus on the preparation of work-place ready estimating documents.
It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed before the following Monday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and posted in the Critical Course Information.
Estimating and Bidding 2 Online will run from September 14, 2020 – November 22, 2020 and covers a foundation skill in construction. Participants should know how to read blueprints and have basic knowledge of estimating. Estimating and Bidding 1 is not a prerequisite of this class.
This online estimating and bidding course is designed to provide you with hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with Metals, Wood, Doors and Windows, Finishes, Electrical, and Mechanical Estimating. We will also focus on the preparation of work-place ready estimating documents. By the end of this class you should be able estimate the conceptual cost of structural metals, prepare a quantity take off and estate of rough carpentry, prepare a quantity take off of roofing and waterproofing, use unit prices to price doors and windows, prepare a quantity take off and estate various finishes, prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of mechanical systems, and prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estate of electrical systems. This class is 100% online. Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours a week on course work from September 14, 2020 – November 22, 2020.
PREREQUISITES: To do well in this course you should already have the following skills:
- Know how to read blueprints
- Know how to use a spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel, Numbers (Mac), or the spreadsheet software found in open source software programs (i.e. LibreOffice, Open Office)
- Have a basic knowledge of construction estimating subjects including:
- Basic math skills
- Estimating terminology (quantity take off, unit price, production rate, etc.)
- Use of the calculator and architectural scale
- Be able to organize your work so it can be easily understood by others
Modules covered in class include:
Orientation, Estimating Practices and Methods
Structural and Miscellaneous Metals Estimating
Estimating Carpentry, Part 1
Estimating Carpentry, Part 2
Estimating Thermal and Protective Systems
Estimating Doors and Windows
Introduction to Electrical Estimating
Introduction to Mechanical Estimating
Bid Day Operations
By the end of this class you should be able to:
- Perform quantity take offs and conceptual estimating for structural and miscellaneous metals
- Prepare quantity take offs and estimates for rough carpentry and framing
- Prepare quantity take offs and conceptual estimates for waterproofing and roofing
- Prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of various finish trades
- Utilize conceptual estimating methods to arrive at mechanical and plumbing budgets
- Utilize conceptual estimating methods to arrive at electrical budgets
Students will also need the following materials:
- A calculator
- An architectural scale
- A couple of colored pencils
- A spreadsheet program (Excel, Numbers). An acceptable free spreadsheet program can be downloaded from OpenOffice.org,
Students will be provided with a textbook, Estimating in Building Construction, 9th Edition by Steven Peterson and Frank Dagostino, that they may keep. Text books will be mailed out prior to class starting.