Senior Electrical Estimator (Construction)O'Connor Electric Ltd
Construction Estimators take drawings and specifications created by Engineers and develop detailed cost estimates which they then use to competitively bid on construction projects. I would consider this career a mix of Construction (Knowledge), Accounting, Law and Sales/Marketing. Estimating is a rollercoaster of skills and emotions which range from quiet mathematical calculations to high pressure board room tables.
Relevant School Subjects
- Technological Education
Areas of Expertise
After high school I went into construction at a site level, which was more out of necessity than previous ambitions. I continued working in the field for around 7 years, working for a few different companies and growing to a level of Foreman. In that role with the employer I was working for, I was spending 4-6 months a year living in hotel rooms and working all around Ontario. When my wife and I decided to start a family, I realized I no longer wanted to do the travelling, even though I still had experience and a passion for construction. At this point, I went back to College part time and completed the Construction Estimator Certificate Program. From there I went on to start at O'Connor Electric as a Junior Estimator, I continued working there for another 7 years increasing my knowledge base and experience. At this point I explored a few other Electrical Contractors and tried out other roles such as Project Management, Purchasing and Coordinating. I returned to O'Connor in 2019 to lead the estimating department for one of the largest Electrical Contractors in Ontario.