Learn Electrical Estimating Online – Level 1

Online & OnDemand Electrical Estimating Course

Online & OnDemand Electrical Estimating Course

The iBidElectric Electrical Estimating Course – is an introductory course in electrical estimating that provides participants the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to accurately estimate costs to construct electrical projects using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and onscreen takeoff solutions.

Course Setting

Online

Course Prerequisites

Must have a high-speed internet connection with the latest web browsers. 

Who Should Enroll

Junior Estimators, Journeymen, Project Managers, Engineers, Estimating Interns.

Course Overview

Students will learn proven principles and methodologies of electrical estimating through a range of lessons such as; blueprint & specification review, takeoffs of common systems and items, such as fixtures, distribution, feeder and branch conduit & wire, equipment, systems wiring, and devices.

Our level 1 course is broken down into 2 phases. Learn by watching and learn by doing. 

Participants are required to submit a completed bid at the end of the course. This bid will be the primary means of measuring performance and determining success.

The entire course is delivered via the internet. This internet-based instructional approach delivers a superior learning experience with higher subject retention. Participants are introduced to concepts through demonstrations, which are then followed by practical hands-on exercises. 

Learn Electrical Estimating Online

Here, we offer the most unique training system for electrical estimators available. Yes, there are other training courses available. Typically these are conducted offline in a remote classroom that can require travel time & costs. Our course is conducted entirely online.

Who have we trained in the past?

  • Electrical Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Electricians
  • Warehouse Managers
  • Purchasing Agents
  • College Interns

Phase 1 – Learn By Watching

You will learn the process of electrical estimating by watching your instructor prepare a complete electrical estimate on a $4 Million commercial project. Beginning with specification review and all the way through the recap and proposal.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Electrical Estimating

  • Role of an electrical estimator
  • Job duties of an electrical estimator
  • Skillsets

 

Lesson 2 – Specification Review

  • Specification review
  • General Conditions
  • Instructions to Bidders
  • Insurance & Bonding
  • Technical Sections

Lesson 3 – Plan Review

  • Plan Review
  • Plan Format
  • Symbols, Legends & Schedules
  • Matchlines
  • Plan Review Checklist

Lesson 4 – Introduction to Onscreen Takeoff

  1. Installing the Software
  2. Creating a Project
  3. Uploading Bid Documents
  4. Scale Setup

Lesson 5 – Lighting & Controls

  • Fixture Schedule
  • Lengths vs Counts
  • Lighting Control Devices

Lesson 6 – Distribution

  • One-Line Diagram
  • Panel Schedules
  • Panels, Transformers & Disconnects

Lesson 7 – Branch Power

  • Symbol Schedule
  • Installation – Wall, Floor & Ceiling
  • Device takeoff using assemblies

Lesson 8 – Equipment

  • Types of Equipment
  • FBO IBEC
  • Single Point Connections
  • Starters, Disconnects & VFD’s

Lesson 9 – Systems

  • Fire Alarm
  • Security / CCTV
  • Tele Data
  • Cable Tray
  • Conduit & Pullstrings

Lesson 10 – Branch Conduit & Wire

  • Types of Conduit & Wire
  • Underground, Concealed & Exposed
  • Supports
  • Phased Takeoff

Lesson 11 – Feeder Conduit & Wire

  • Types of Conduit & Wire
  • Underground, Concealed & Exposed
  • Supports
  • Phased Takeoff

Lesson 12 – Finalizing the Estimate

  • Material Pricing
  • Labor Units
  • General Expenses
  • Equipment
  • Direct Job Expenses
  • Overhead & Profit
  • Proposal Letter

 

Phase 2 – Learn By Doing

Each student will prepare a complete estimate on a project that exceeds an electrical value of $1 Million with a 2-week bid date. The student will be given access to an online takeoff application that will allow them to complete each step of the estimate. Each student will also be given our Microsoft Excel Estimate Spreadsheet that we have spent many hours & years developing. You must have Excel on our computer to use our spreadsheet. You will also need an internet connection to attend our online classes and use the onscreen takeoff software. 

Learn By Doing Series

Day 1 – Download Onscreen Takeoff & Estimate Setup

  • Download OnScreen Takeoff Software
  • Estimate Setup
  • Upload Bid Documents

Day 2 – Specification Review

  • Specification review
  • General Conditions
  • Instructions to Bidders
  • Insurance & Bonding
  • Technical Sections

Day 3 – Plan Review

  • Plan Review
  • Plan Format
  • Symbols, Legends & Schedules
  • Matchlines
  • Plan Review Checklist

 

 

Day 4 – Lighting & Controls Takeoff

  • Fixture Schedule
  • Lengths vs Counts
  • Lighting Control Devices

 

Day 5 – Distribution Takeoff

  • One-Line Diagram
  • Panel Schedules
  • Panels, Transformers & Disconnects

 

Day 6 – Branch Power Takeoff

  • Symbol Schedule
  • Installation – Wall, Floor & Ceiling
  • Device takeoff using assemblies

Day 7 – Equipment Takeoff

  • Types of Equipment
  • FBO IBEC
  • Single Point Connections
  • Starters, Disconnects & VFD’s

Day 8 – Systems Takeoff

  • Fire Alarm
  • Security / CCTV
  • Tele Data
  • Cable Tray
  • Conduit & Pullstrings

Day 9 – Branch Conduit & Wire Takeoff

  • Types of Conduit & Wire
  • Underground, Concealed & Exposed
  • Supports
  • Phased Takeoff

Day 10 – Feeder Conduit & Wire Takeoff

  • Types of Conduit & Wire
  • Underground, Concealed & Exposed
  • Supports
  • Phased Takeoff

Day 11 – Material Pricing

  • Unit Costs
  • Assembly Costs
  • Escalation

Day 12 – Labor Units

  • NECA Labor Units
  • Historical LaborUnits
  • Labor Factors

Day 13 – Finalize The Estimate

  • Subcontractor Quotes
  • Supplier Quotes
  • General Expenses
  • Equipment Costs
  • Direct Job Expenses
  • Overhead & Profit
  • Proposal Letter

Day 14 – Bid Day

  • Email Proposal Letter to Instructor
  • The bid must be plus or minus 5% to pass the course
  • Begin Level 2

 

Lifetime Access. Membership Never Expires.

Access all courses, articles & webinars.

  • Level I – Currently Available
  • Level II –  Coming in 2021
  • Design-Build Estimating – Coming in 2021
  • Connect with or follow other students.
  • Virtual student lounge & discussion group.
  • Coming in 2021. Monthly Zoom meetings.

Benefits:

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Rewind, pause, fast forward
  • No limit to the number of times you watch a lesson
  • No travel or lodging costs
  • Instructor with 40 years of experience
  • Mobile-Optimized

Virtual Student Lounge

Each student is given access to our online virtual community. Inside our community, you can join a group, communicate with your instructor, and collaborate with other students. There is no other online electrical estimating training platform that offers all of the benefits that we provide to help train the electrical estimators of the future.