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I have been the Chief Estimator of an Electrical Contractor for the last four years. Prior to that I spent a few years as the estimator for a mid-sized commercial General Contractor. Recently I attended a professional seminar geared towards construction estimators (sounds fun huh?). That event left several impressions that I imagine the sponsors didn't intend. First off, an estimator from a GC piped up at one point exasperated that some subcontractors were not bidding exclusively to him. He was angry because he felt the explanation they provided (can't afford to put all our eggs in
I recently encountered an estimator lodging a familiar complaint. "My competitors are bidding at a loss." Sure, on the surface it's entirely possible that the low bidder stands to lose money at the amount they proposed for the work. People make mistakes all the time. However there's a tendency for some folks to assume that being low-bidder implies low quality. The time-worn comment attending every perceived failure is "What else can you expect of the lowest bidder?" To be fair, the losing bidders are a bit biased ... Somehow it escapes notice that it takes a lot of investment to produce som
One moment you're cruising along working on something, the next you're confronted with a mistake that stops you in your tracks. Either you've made a mistake or you haven't been at this long. Mistakes are going to happen so its a good idea to consider your options for recovery. Very often your reputation in the market is defined by how you recovered from a mistake rather than how you avoided one. Blame game The estimator's job is a collection of extremes. There can be long slow periods, then there can be times where everything comes together so quickly that its a wonder it works at all.