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Learn Electrical Estimating

Below is a detailed description of our training program. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us prior to enrolling. Click to schedule a call.
Level I – Basic Electrical Estimating – On Demand
 

Lifetime Membership Includes:

  • 47 Video Lessons (Complete Entire Course on Your Schedule)
  • Learn Electrical Estimating – Phase 1 & 2 
  • Advanced Electrical Estimating Webinars
  • iBidElectric Electrical Estimating Spreadsheet
  • OnScreen Takeoff Software (2 Week Trial to Complete Phase 2)
  • Access our Private Community & Mentors

About the Instructor:

  • 40 Years of Electrical Construction Experience (35 as an Electrical Estimator)
  • Positions Held (Truck Driver, Warehouse Manager, Junior, Senior, & Chief Estimator, VP Preconstruction)
  • Companies Worked For: Local, Regional, and ENR Top 40 Electrical Contractors)
  • Projects Estimated: (Over $1B)
  • Projects Awarded (Over $250M)
  • Smallest Project Awarded (Less than $10K)
  • Largest Project Awarded (Over $50M)

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.

OnDemand Electrical Estimating Course

This course can be completed in less than 4 weeks.

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 & schedule.

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

Who Should Enroll: Electricians that are starting their own business or have recently started. Also, Junior Estimators, Senior Estimators, Chief Estimators, Journeymen, Project Managers, Engineers, Estimating Interns. Even if you do not expect to be estimating million dollar projects in the near future this course will help you understand the principles and process of estimating any size project.

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 & 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

Learn from your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Learn Electrical Estimating Online

LEARN ELECTRICAL ESTIMATING

Phase 1 – Learn By Watching 

Phase I can be completed at your own pace. If you complete one lesson each day you will complete Phase I in less than 2 weeks. 

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 

Phase II can also be completed at your own pace during a 2-week time frame. Students have completed Level II in less than 1 week.

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

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
 

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.  Learn