JDE & Associates

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1112 Oakridge Dr.
#104, CMB 276
Fort Collins, CO 80525

970-231-5423
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Welcome, thank you for visiting our website.

At JDE & Associates, we help contractors succeed. We complete this by using three methods.

Our first method, and the one we know to be the least expensive, is training contractors to succeed. We have three primary classes, Fundamental Estimating, Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management, and Supervisor Training courses.

Our second method is consulting, this method has two variables, working with contractors on existing projects that have issues or working with contractors to avoid having issues on future projects. We prefer to work with contractors before projects start so that they can achieve the maximum profits possible from every project.

Our third option is completing estimates for contractors as a consultant. Our last option is open–ended and depends on what is requested of us. Sometimes we can help and sometimes we cannot, if we can’t we will let you know instead of wasting your time and money.

Often a contractor’s returns on investment for our training or consulting services are measured in weeks, sometimes days.

Our knowledge comes from several different sources, we have over 40 years’ experience in the field, as estimators, project managers, and contractors, this is known around us as the school of hard knocks (some consider this the best education), we believe this form of instruction is a good form of instruction. We teach contractors to avoid these issues which we feel is an even better for of instruction for most contractors.

By staying active in this industry thru our consulting services, we are still active, we do more than teach. We use the items that we teach currently, in today’s economy. Within those forty years is included sixteen years of training contractors to succeed or consulting efforts to help contractors succeed. We are in a continual effort to learn ourselves and stay in training ourselves where we are the students, on a continual basis. Some of our training comes from classes that we attend, seminars or webinars, demonstrations, or from books and magazines.

Our original intent was to target smaller contractors, those contractors that did not have many of these policies and techniques set in place that we teach. Little did we know that many larger contractors are missing some of these same items themselves, today we enjoy small, medium, and large contractors as clients. Regardless of your size, we strive towards helping reducing stress, reducing reactive time while increasing proactive time, which helps efficiency and profits. We have seen contractors make substantially better profits while working proactively then when they are working reactively.

Contractors need to build a team that works efficiently together – Estimators, Project Managers, and Field Supervisors need to work in harmony with each other to help assure overall company success. This helps to build morale, efficiency and profits generally increase when this happens, every contractor should be striving to attain this goal. Sadly, we are hired far too often to reduce a contractor’s loss, most of the time this team approach was not followed.

In our current economy, contractors cannot afford to stick with techniques that are not working. Our industry changes sometimes faster than we can react. Are you taking advantage of current changes that may benefit your firm? Will you make the changes that spur growth for the remainder of 2014 and beyond? One area that will affect your business this year, is understanding your labor burden costs, these costs are likely to change significantly in the next few years, do you know your current labor burden costs?

If you’re firm, reacting to calls from clients that have problems this is great reactive time and should be profitable. Hopefully you have priced these services at rates that are profitable for your firm’s efforts. However many contractors have a tendency to be reactive in every stage of their business. Items are often not completed when they should be to comply with projects schedules. These items become emergencies that we created for ourselves. The first type of reactive work, we get paid for, the second costs us dearly and creates chaos in both our office and field. Contractors should have the means to know what their most important tasks are and work on those tasks until completed, or to a point where they are waiting on others to supply quotes or other information required to finish. This is true of everyone from your CEO, Project Managers, Estimators, Purchasing Agent, Warehouse, or Driver and never forgets our Field Staff. Your field efforts are where all the good estimating, project management and field efforts produce our final profits. Every effort should be in place to meet or exceed estimated productivity levels.

In both our estimating and contractors guide for success – project management classes, we offer techniques that help reduce the amount of reactive time that we cause ourselves. These same techniques will help when a call from a client sends you into reactive mode, causing everything that you had planned to be changed. when these issues are a result are a result of you or your firm not getting items completed in a timely manner, our class can help. If these problems are a result of a customer issue make them profitable.

At JDE & Associates we have one purpose that is to
help contractors succeed.

We now have three primary classes, Fundamental Estimating – now with three home study options, Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management, and our recently added Supervisor Training Course to our online webinar and onsite remote courses.

We often help contractors quickly, sometimes on a trial webinar, our free webinar is not a sales gimmick, provide us with your email address to send a webinar invitation, a phone number, three different days and times when you will be available, please include what time zone you’re in and two or three questions that you would like to solve. We will confirm which day and time we can schedule your demonstration, and will discuss your questions during our time. We do this on a one time basis per contractor; this is a method for us to show contractors how we teach.

Estimating

Our classes do not use estimating software; methods that we teach will make your software better. Many great computer estimating software programs are available; we know that if contractors know how to structure an estimate that your estimates will be better. The only software that we use in our class is Microsoft Excel and Word.

While estimating, so much more is needed than a solid computer estimating program, these programs, if set up properly, are a definite asset to almost every contractor. Our estimating classes go far beyond a computer estimating program we help contractors succeed, you will see immediate benefits. Taking advantage of every legitimate estimating tactic in your arsenal just makes sense; use your creative genius to beat your competition, nothing wrong or unethical about estimating to win. Our classes stress on the need to estimate accurately, efficiently and quickly. We do not believe in shortcuts, they often reduce efficiency.

Included in our classes we add techniques that many of our competitors do not use. These techniques are why we continue to win a high percentage of the jobs we continue to estimate. Have confidence that your estimated cost includes accurate labor costs, including correct labor burden and current overhead, favorable material conditions and costs, proper sales tax that reflect your firm’s costs. Having confidence that these estimated costs are accurate allows your staff to use the lowest profit percentage possible with confidence that the estimated costs are accurate. Regardless if your estimating manually or using one of the quality computer estimating systems available, you still need to understand how and why to structure an estimate in the manner that most successful contractors utilize.

Do you need more information, click on the following link regarding
our Estimating Classes.

This class's tuition is $2,260.00.
We do not skip weeks once the classes start and classes start within three weeks of registering/payment has been received.

Contractors outside of the United States contact us for rates.
Please contact us for available class times before registering, to avoid delays starting your class.

Register today for our Fundamental Estimating Home Study Course

If cash flow is a problem, but you want to attend one or more of our courses, contact us,
we can arrange a payment plan.

If you’re interested in our group fundamental estimating classes, we define what expertise level we will be addressing for each class, when advertised on our calendar. In a private setting with one – on – one instruction, we can adjust, based on an individual student’s ability and previous experience, knowledge and class performance. Regardless if you're a seasoned professional or a beginner estimator your efficiency will increase, with this increased efficiency your success also increases.

Look at our Calendar for upcoming Group Fundamental Estimating Courses.

Interested, but not sure, if one of our classes is right for you or your firm? We offer one free one hour webinar per contractor to show what we have to offer, more importantly how we teach. This is not your normal sales call, this hour will be spent helping you with areas that are an issue for you and your firm. We sell classes, everyone knows, so instead of your typical sales presentation this time will be spent dealing with your issues or concerns. This offer is a one time offer per contractor. Use our Contact Us Page – just to the left or on the top of this web page, tell us what those concerns are, and give us a few days and times when you can spare an hour. We will send you a confirmation on which day and time we can complete your webinar.

Contractors Guide for Success

Project Management Course

Our next class is our Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management, this six week course with one class per week provides simple techniques for issues that many contractors face repeatedly. A few good Computer Project Management Programs are available, again we do not endorse any of them, what we do in our class is show techniques that can help avoid the never ending chaos that often surrounds our Project Managers, these six weeks will change many managers ideas on how to better manage their projects. For new Project Managers these six weeks often acts like a springboard toward quicker success.

How your firm is looking for work in today’s economy makes a difference? Contractors that market their services in the same manner they marketed those same services three or four years ago are generally not having great success. You do not need to wonder why your results are lagging, change how you are looking for and marketing new leads. Look outside of the box and find opportunities that currently exist. Websites, newsletters and pin point marketing directed towards the clientele you want to attract does not need to be the straw that breaks your stride – a few pinpoint methods can help.

Contractor Guide for Success – Project Management was our second course after our fundamental electrical estimating course. The need for this course became apparent after a few of our estimating students began to estimate more accurate manner, resulting in more awarded projects. Lack of project management skills began to cause serious problems. It is possible to realize a profit on a project that has a faulty electrical estimate (depending on how faulty), with good project management skills. It is far more difficult to make a profit on a well estimated project that has been ineffectively managed. Our class will help contractors manage projects efficiently, will everything work for you, no probably not. What we will supply is a good platform to start managing project efficiently.

This class's tuition is $1,490.00.
We do not skip weeks once the classes start and classes start within three weeks of registering/payment has been received.

Do you need more information, click on the following link regarding our
Home Study Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management classes.

Register today for our
Home Study Contractors Guide for Success –
Project Management Class

If cash flow is a problem, but you want to attend one or more of our courses, contact us,
we can arrange a payment plan.

Supervisor Training Course

An area that we believe most contractors spend the least amount of time, yet expect, and receive their greatest return is in training our field staff. Many contractors when a new project is ready to start will pick the best available electrician and have that person become the supervisor for that project. We often give them a set of drawings, perhaps a copy of the projects specifications and tell them to call if they need anything. We spend little to no time explaining a projects schedule, the estimate, how a time sheet is to be filled out or even when to, or how to send these time cards into the office. This is backwards, as contractors we make our profits in the field, now the office can and should set up projects so that our field succeeds, we often fail to inform our supervisors of how we want them to run the project or what steps we may have taken in the office to help them succeed. We need to as an industry, work harder at training a key management player, our field supervisors so that the company as a whole has better success.

Our third course is our recently added Supervisor Training course to our online webinar line of classes, as a contractor we often spend the least amount of time training our field supervisors why we need certain items to help them succeed. This course is a quick four week course, one class per week to help our field supervisors understand the need; while we are at it we provide techniques that will reduce their stress, the offices stress while maintaining, hopefully increasing profits. As contractors, we ultimately live by the efforts our field provides through their labor. Increase their chance of success by showing them their importance to their firm. We see an overwhelming increase in enthusiasm from our students and know that this course should be required of all employees, both field and office, as an overall tool of success. Our newest online course, Supervisor Training is a quick four week class allowing your Field Supervisor to be the center of the instructor’s attention as it is only the instructor and your supervisor in the class. We discuss topics to help your Supervisor increase their efficiencies and reduce reactive time in the field, this reactive time is the most expensive as it creates expensive problems that reduces profits. We have been told that this class should be required for every supervisor in the field. While this is nice to hear, we believe this course should be attended by every field employee, perhaps in a group setting to start setting up our future supervisors and making our field electricians and apprentices more effective. Contractor we often spend the least amount of time training our field supervisors why we need certain items to help them succeed. Intended to help our field supervisors understand the need, while we are at it, we provide techniques that will reduce their stress, the offices stress while maintaining, hopefully increasing profits. As contractors, we ultimately live by the efforts that our field provides through their labor. Increase their chance of success by showing them their importance to their firm. We see an overwhelming increase in enthusiasm from our students and know that this course should be required of all employees, both field and office, as an overall tool of success.

Interested, but not sure, if one of our classes is right for you or your firm? We offer one free one hour webinar per contractor to show what we have to offer, more importantly how we teach. This is not your normal sales call; this hour will be spent helping you with areas that are an issue for you and your firm. We sell classes, everyone knows, so instead of your typical sales presentation this time will be spent dealing with your issues or concerns. This offer is a one time offer per contractor. Use our Contact Us Page – just to the left or on the top of this web page, tell us what those concerns are, and give us a few days and times when you can spare an hour. We will send you a confirmation on which day and time we can complete your webinar.

Supervisor Training Courses

Do you need more information, click on the following link
regarding our Supervisor Training Course.

This class's tuition is $909.00.
We do not skip weeks once the classes start and classes start within three weeks of registering/payment has been received.

Contractors outside of the United States contact us for rates.

Please contact us for available class times before registering,
to avoid delays starting your class.

If cash flow is a problem, but you want to attend one or more of our courses, contact us,
we can arrange a payment plan.

Consulting Options

We have an option for contractors that would like a short online consultation for contractors. Often we can address several issues in a two hour webinar. Now contractors can request one of these two hours consultations at a reduced rate so that they can see the results of our work at a cost less than an onsite visit. Each contractor can take advantage of two of these two hour webinar consultations. Our normal consulting rate is $225.00 per hour, for these initial two hour webinar consultations, we charge $250.00. On any additional consultations, our standard rate of $225.00 per hour will be charged, with a two hour minimum.

We need you to provide a description of the issues you want to discuss, we suggest that you provide 3 or 4 items, we feel comfortable with estimating, project management or field questions and often can answer a few of your questions in our two hours. When providing your questions, please provide your most pressing issue first, as we will work from your list when we talk. During our webinar, we can change topics quickly, if you need us to, providing us your initial list allows us to have given some thought so we are prepared for your webinar.

Register today for our Two hour Webinar Consulting Service.

For Contractors that would like to purchase our Microsoft Excel and Word 2003 / 2010 Estimating or Project Management Files without attending classes.

While these files are very good, in fact the same files that we use for actual projects, they are not a substitute for our classes, and no discount for students who have purchased files that later want to enroll in our class will be provided.

Classes are scheduled frequently. Do you need a different location, days, or class hours? Send us a request and we will make are best attempt to make your request happen. Are you the type that prefers home study classes? We will attempt to accommodate you.

Do you have questions regarding our classes or services? Utilize our Contact Us Page and ask your questions, we will respond generally within twenty-four hours.


Project Management

These following topics are covered in this class;

  1. Action plan (to do list)
  2. Bid log
  3. Budgeting
  4. Business strategy - business plan
  5. Change orders
  6. Claims
  7. Commodity material buyout
  8. Commodity material release
  9. Contracts
  10. Design / build projects
  11. Estimating
  12. Job closeout
  13. Jobsite reports / daily reports
  14. Jobsite visits
  15. Labor burden and overhead percentages
  16. Marketing
  17. Method to improve productivity
  18. Negotiations
  19. Ongoing training
  20. O&M manual
  21. Organizational skills
  22. Productivity
  23. Progress billings
  24. Proposals
  25. Pre-Job start up meeting
  26. Project schedule / 3 week rolling schedules
  27. Purchase orders
  28. Quality field labor
  29. Quoted material buyout / purchase orders
  30. Quoted material release
  31. Submittals
  32. Supervisor review time
  33. Time cards
  34. Tracking your results
  35. Value engineering / options
  36. Warranty work / warranty letter

Electrical Estimating

These following topics are covered in this class;

  1. Business strategy - business plan
  2. Action Plan (to do list)
  3. Bid Log
  4. Pre-Bid Evaluation
  5. Take Off Sheets
  6. Request for Information – RFI
  7. Manual Takeoff
    (We utilize a similar method for computer estimating)
  8. Manual Extension
  9. Labor Burden and Overhead Calculator
  10. Cap Sheet (summary of bid)
  11. Scope / Proposal Letter
  12. Pre–Proposal Bid Review
  13. Time Sheets
    (why they are important to you as an estimator)
  14. Change Order Estimating and Proposals
  15. Tracking Your Results
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