Construction Estimator (Part-time)
- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
About the ProgramThis program is designed to improve the knowledge and skill levels of persons working or wishing to work as estimators in the Construction Industry. Individuals who previously learned estimating skills on the job or individuals wishing to enter the construction industry would benefit from this program. Areas to be covered include the role and responsibilities of the estimator, use of tendering documents, cost planning/control, surveying, material quantities and unit costs, review specifications and take-off quantities, and preparation of bid forms. The program includes construction project site management knowledge to inform and refine future estimating approaches.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
- To be successful in this program, students should have a general knowledge of spreadsheet software.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
How to ApplyStudents may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
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Graduate OpportunitiesFor more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Program Related Resources
- Explain the role of the commercial construction estimator.
- Prepare tender documents including cost sheets.
- Review plans and specifications.
- Determine material quantities and unit costs.
- Read plans and locate sections.
- Develop a project cost structure.
- Demonstrate accuracy and detail in completing documentation.
- Work as a team member.
- Determine cost of labour/materials for a large project.
- Describe quantity surveying.
- Describe techniques, structures, productivity and basic estimating.
- Assume an unfinished estimate.
- Set up site administration and documentation.
- Motivate workers.
- Set up field office.
- Purchase materials.
- Discuss layout with survey team.
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.
|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|CONS1010||Introduction to Cost Estimating
Description: Recommended: CONS1090 Construction Blueprints and Methods prior to registering for this course.
To be successful in this course, students should have a general knowledge of architectural drawings, word processing and spreadsheet software. The course is intended to explain the process of Construction Estimating from the contract documents to the methods of measuring material quantities used in General Contracting Offices. This will enable the student to understand the position of estimator within the business of construction management both in the Contractor and Sub-Contractor's world. The course will concentrate on 'Taking-Off' methods of materials using simple residential and commercial exercises.
|CONS1020||Material Estimating and Methods
Description: This course is intended to guide a student through a proven method of cost estimating. This will aid the student in determining material quantities and unit cost for a complete project. This course will be of interest to those individuals wishing to learn about estimating in a commercial environment. Utilizing the Excel spreadsheet from the previous course and embarking on the industry software 'Timberline', the student will be able to use the documents created in the workplace. Cost estimating will be the focus of this course. The build-up and calculations of unit costs for materials, labour and equipment by extension to your 'takeoff' job estimates will be the fundamental part of this course.
|CONS1030||Construction Contract Bid Management
Description: This course will provide a student who has a basic knowledge of 'General Contracting' and estimating, additional understanding of Tender Documents for all project types and knowledge of computerized estimating and unit price control. It will provide the student with the understanding of a role in the estimating team and importance of bid management. This course will lead to the management of site, material ordering, scheduling and the cost control process.
|CONS1040||Construction Job Site Management
Description: Students will develop skills toward jobsite administration and documentation, layout, set up, surveying, supervision, and safety. Contract types and the Construction Lien Act will be discussed along with a review of the programs that are available to help in managing the jobsite.
|CONS1090||Construction Drawings and Methods
Description: Recommended: A sound mathematics and English background is important for success in this course.
This course can be taken on its own and is the first course within the Construction Estimating program. The course provides an introduction to basic blueprint reading and common methods of construction. Students will use construction drawings to discuss topics ranging from soil evacuation to roof design. We will discuss legal concepts of building/planning codes and statutes. You will gain a foundation of residential/commercial construction principles, and codes in practice today.
|Course Code||Course Title||Fall||Winter||Spring|
|CONS1010||Introduction to Cost Estimating||OL||OL||OL|
|CONS1020||Material Estimating and Methods||OL||OL||OL|
|CONS1030||Construction Contract Bid Management||OL||OL||OL|
|CONS1040||Construction Job Site Management||OL||OL||OL|
|CONS1090||Construction Blueprints and Methods||OL||OL||OL|
Note: OL indicates this is offered online.
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