22303 – Construction estimators

Broad Occupation Category

2 - Natural and applied sciences and related occupations.


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major Group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Broad Occupation Category

223 – Technical occupations related to engineering

Broad Occupation Category

2230 – Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering

Construction estimators analyze costs of and prepare estimates on civil engineering, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical construction projects. They are employed by residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and major electrical, mechanical and trade contractors, or they may be self-employed.

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Example Titles

  • Chief estimator - construction

  • Construction estimator

  • Cost estimator - construction

  • Principal estimator - construction

  • Professional quantity surveyor

  • Quantity surveyor - construction

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties

  • Prepare estimates of probable costs of materials, labour and equipment for construction projects based on contract bids, quotations, schematic drawings and specifications

  • Advise on tendering procedures, examine and analyze tenders, recommend tender awards and conduct negotiations

  • Establish and maintain tendering process and set up cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures

  • Prepare cost and expenditure statements and forecasts at regular intervals for the duration of a project

  • Prepare and maintain a directory of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors

  • Liaise, consult and communicate with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors, and prepare economic feasibility studies on changes and adjustments to cost estimates

  • Manage and coordinate construction projects and prepare construction progress schedules.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.

  • Completion of a three-year college program in civil or construction engineering technology or several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a construction trade such as plumbing, carpentry or electrical, are required.

  • Certification by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors is usually required.