Learn Electrical Estimating Online

Enroll In Our Online Electrical Estimating Program.

Below is a detailed description of our Online training program. 
  • Phase 1 – Learn By Watching – 12 Lessons
  • Phase 2 – Learn By Doing – 14 Days
  • Lifetime Access
  • iBidElectric Electrical Estimating Spreadsheet (provided)
  • OnScreen Takeoff Software (provided)

About the Instructor:

  • Experience: 40 Years of Commercial Electrical Construction 
  • Positions: Junior, Senior, & Chief Estimator, VP Preconstruction
  • Employers: Local, Regional, and ENR Top 40 Electrical Contractors

Avoid Costly Mistakes:

Mistakes made during the preparation of an electrical construction estimate can cost tens of thousands of dollars if not more. Losing a project that could have provided valuable backlog and profit can cost a contractor hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed opportunities. Learn how to properly prepare an electrical construction cost estimate to avoid costly errors and increase your chances to win profitable projects. 

Some common mistakes:

  • Misinterpreting the scope of work. 
  • Missing documents & addenda.
  • Incorrectly understanding match lines.
  • Unrealistic labor units
  • Miscalculating general conditions & direct job expenses.

Online Electrical Estimating Course

The iBidElectric Electrical Estimating Course – is more than an introductory course. Of course, we teach you how to develop the skills and knowledge to accurately estimate costs to construct electrical projects. We go beyond that and teach you advanced estimating & business development techniques to win profitable projects. 

Course Setting: Online

Length of Course: Learn at your own pace

Course Schedule:  All classes in our online classroom. Once you are registered you can begin the course immediately. 

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

Who Should Enroll: 

  • Electrical Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Electricians
  • Construction Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • College 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 electrical estimating 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 & lodging. Our course is conducted entirely online.

Learn from your home or office. Learn Electrical Estimating Online

LEARN ELECTRICAL ESTIMATING

Phase 1 – Learn By Watching 

Phase I  – 12 Lessons  

You will learn the process of electrical estimating beginning with the specification review all the way through the recap and proposal. 

Week 1 – Introduction to Electrical Estimating

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

 

Week 2 – Specification Review

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

Week 3 – Plan Review

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

Week 4 – Lighting & Controls

  • Fixture Schedule
  • Lengths vs Counts
  • Lighting Control Devices

Week 5 – Distribution

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

Week 6 – Branch Power

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

Week 7- Conduit & Wire

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

Week 8 – Finalizing the Estimate

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

 

 Phase 2 – Learn By Doing 

Phase II  – 14 Days

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. In order to successfully pass the course and receive our certificate of completion the student’s proposal must be plus or minus 5% of the instructors’ estimate. You must have Excel on your computer to use our spreadsheet. You will also need an internet connection to attend our online classes.

Learn By Doing Series

Download Onscreen Takeoff & Estimate Setup

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

Specification Review

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

Plan Review

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

 

 

Lighting & Controls Takeoff

  • Fixture Schedule
  • Lengths vs Counts
  • Lighting Control Devices

 

Distribution Takeoff

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

 

Branch Power Takeoff

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

Equipment Takeoff

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

Systems Takeoff

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

Branch Conduit & Wire Takeoff

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

Feeder Conduit & Wire Takeoff

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

Material Pricing

  • Unit Costs
  • Assembly Costs
  • Escalation

Labor Units

  • NECA Labor Units
  • Historical LaborUnits
  • Labor Factors

Finalize The Estimate

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

Bid Day

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

The cost of the course is currently $2,495.00. This is a one-time payment with lifetime access.

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