Electrical Estimating



13794 W. Waddell Rd.
Ste 203–189
Surprise, AZ 85379

970 231–5423
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866 767–3619




Fundamental Electrical Estimating Syllabus

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Eight Week Estimating Webinar Class One–on–One with one Class per week, or
Four Day Onsite Classroom Format

Our classes are 100% manual estimating – which assists in either manual or computer electrical estimating. An estimator needs to understand how to structure an electrical estimate. We teach you how to estimate manually, while setting our students up to utilize a computer estimating software system now or in the near future.

We do not endorse any computer estimating software system in this class. What we stress is to structure an estimate in a manner that assist our students in understanding the concept of why the estimate is completed the way it is. We supply an excel spreadsheet that will calculate the math, if wanted for a basic excel format to help estimate manually. We encourage contractors to use this as a training tool and not an estimating system. As a training tool, it is priceless, as an estimating system it leaves a lot to be desired. If a software estimating system is in your firm's future, we encourage contractors to seriously consider one, after our student completes their class, they will be in a much better position to select a computer estimating system that will be best for them. Investigate various estimating software systems; demo them until one is found that makes the most sense for your firm. Most major estimating systems are extremely accurate; the differences are typically in the subtle manner in which they are set up, the learning curve for each system, which features will you need and which will you use. Make sure that the technical support fits your needs for the estimating system you are considering purchasing? The last item in the consideration should be price, these fluctuate radically. Inexpensive software may turn out to be very expensive in the long run; however, expensive software is not always the best either, we know of a few estimating software systems that are priced significantly lower than others systems, that are great.

WE ENCOURAGE QUESTIONS, WE ADVISE OUR STUDENTS TO ASK AS MANY QUESTIONS AS POSSIBLE. DO NOT BE SHY. THE QUESTIONS ASKED WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY HELP OTHERS WHO ARE TO SHY TO ASK.

The text that is included will be referenced in class but will not be read in class or even have all sections in the text completely reviewed. The text has a dual purpose, first it is a great introduction before a class is started, and second it then becomes a reference guide for our students after their class is complete.

We will cover a vast amount of material both in class and as homework; the homework is a must to get all that can be achieved from this course of study. Should a student elect not to complete this homework we have substitute homework for them to use during the following class.

WE ALWAYS ASK THIS QUESTION, WITH ALL THE TUTITION, TIME, AND LOST PRODUCTIVITY FROM WORK BEING SPENT ON STUDENTS TO ATTEND THIS CLASS, WHY WOULD THOSE STUDENTS NOT INVEST THE ADDED TIME TO GET ALL THE VALUE THIS TRAINING HAS TO OFFER.

WE STRONGLY SUGGEST ALL STUDENTS COMPLETE THEIR HOMEWORK.

IN OUR OPINION, IT IS A SMALL INVESTMENT INTO THE STUDENTS FUTURE.

Questions regarding homework or class materials are always accepted and answered, generally within twenty-four hours or less. Once the class is completed all students have an additional three months to continue asking generic questions regarding estimating to help cement the concepts learned in class.

Webinar Format Eight Week Class

This class is scheduled as an eight week course – it is a one on one course, between the student and instructor, where we talk once a week at a pre-selected time that works for both our schedules. Homework is a huge element in all of our estimating classes, in this format however, the homework is critical. After every class, except our final class, homework will be assigned. This homework needs to be completed, scanned into your computer, and emailed to us two days before the next scheduled class. It will be reviewed, marked up, and returned to you via email before our next scheduled class.

This is a good way for new contractors / estimators to learn the fundamentals of estimating an electrical project. It allows one on one time, at a slower pace than the class room class and has the ability for some schedule adjustment. It is not however for everyone. We do not baby sit our students, we will email you once or twice when a homework assignment is late. Students also miss the interaction of other students normally in a shared classroom. For most contractors / students this offset is worth it as our webinar students have personal attention to their needs, in every class. No refunds are given once class materials are mailed.

  • First week
  • Introductions
  • Your plan
  • A talk about what jobs to bid and which to avoid
  • Bid documents including specifications
  • Tools and methods to use them
  • Vendor relationships
  • Labor burden calculation
  • Company overhead calculation
  • Quotable takeoff for the practice estimate will be started, then completed as homework
  • Second week2
  • Review of week #1 homework
  • Feeder takeoff for the practice estimate will be started, then completed as homework
  • Third week
  • Review of week #2 homework
  • Branch takeoff for the practice estimate will be started, then completed as homework
  • Fourth week
  • Review of week #3 homework
  • Device takeoff for the practice estimate will be started, then completed as homework
  • We will discuss the importance of special systems as they relate to your estimate
  • Fifth week
  • Review of week #4 homework
  • The explosion of all the assemblies that have made up our previous assignments. We will discuss how to explode and your homework will be to finish them all.
  • Sixth week
  • Review of week #5 homework
  • Now that your explosions are complete it is now time to insert commodity material prices and labor units, we will discuss how to do this. Material prices and labor units are supplied for this practice estimate only.
  • Seventh conversation week #7
  • Review of week #6 homework
  • We will discuss the estimate total and how to complete a cap sheet to determine our best strategy. Your homework will be to complete this cap sheet
  • Eighth conversation week #8
  • Review of week #7 homework
  • Proposals will take most of out time this week, we will discuss way to be as competitive as possible and still protect our firm
  • We will finish our class with a discussion on Change Orders

We do not take off the fire alarm on this project, as it is a design and build system. We will discuss methods behind fire alarm systems in class. If our students want to complete this we will assist them outside of class hours via email with this fire alarm takeoff.

Interested, but not sure if one of our classes is right for you or your firm? We offer a free one hour webinar to show you what we offer. This is not your normal sales call, this hour will be spent helping you with areas where you may have issues within your firm. We sell classes, we all know, so instead of your typical sales presentation, this time will be spent dealing with your issues or concerns. This offer is for new clients or existing clients that may be interested in a different class or consulting possibility. Use our Contact Us Page – just to the left or on the top of this web page, tell us what those concerns are, 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. Always include the day and time desired, include the email address, telephone number and time zone.

Our Estimating Class is $2,487.00.

We do not skip weeks once a class starts and classes can generally start within two weeks of registering / payment has been received. Because this is a one on one class, should an issue arise, with 24 hours’ notice we can reschedule to another time or even a different day to allow for conflicts in your schedule.

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.

Before a contractor, their employee, or anyone who is interested enrolls in our class, we require those people to take a free computer webinar demonstration before they register for a class. We no longer have registration links available on our website, we prefer to provide a free demonstration to prospective students before registering, so they can see some of what we teach, more important is how we teach it. Even if our relationship ends with a free demonstration, we want our prospective students to learn from our demonstration.

Use our Contact Us Page, tell us what those concerns are, and provide us a few days and times when you can spare an hour and a half. We will send you a confirmation on which day and time we can complete your webinar or an alternate day and time if we have a scheduling conflict. We schedule demonstrations and classes seven days a week between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM Arizona Time. Your computer must have a wired high speed internet connection. You will need a telephone number; we strongly suggest having a headset for both the free demonstration and classes. Our webinar service requires Adobe Flash and Java; they have a system test which we will send you when we confirm your demonstration day and time.

For Contractors that would like to enroll in our Webinar Fundamental Estimating Class, however may be struggling with the cost of the class, we have started to take payments. We start with an initial payment of $1,281.00 which gets most of our class materials sent and the classes started. One month later a second payment of $640.50 will be due and a month after that the final payment of $640.50 is due. This allows contractors to take a class and begin to realize benefits for their firm, while paying for the class.

Should a payment not be made on time classes will be stopped until the missed payment and a $100.00 reinstatement fee is paid.

Local class room format
Four - four hour classes

This class is paced as a four days course, two – two day sessions. The sessions are seperated by two weeks to allow time for our students to complete their homework and two days for the instructor to grade the homework before the start of the second session. Depending on participation from our students, some of the classes may run long or short depending on how many questions are asked.

  • Day One
  • Introductions
  • Your plan
  • A talk about what jobs to bid and which to avoid
  • Bid documents including specifications
  • Tools and methods to use them
  • Vendor relationships
  • Labor burden calculation
  • Company overhead calculation
  • Quotable takeoff of the practice estimate will be started
  • Day Two
  • Feeder takeoff of the practice estimate
  • Branch takeoff of the practice estimate
  • Device takeoff of the practice estimate
  • Discussion of special systems and the importance's these systems can have on your estimate

Homework is assigned between sessions. The homework is to complete the takeoffs started in class. These will include your quotable takeoffs (fixtures and switchgear), feeders, branch circuits, and devices. We are not taking off the fire alarm on this project as it is a design and build. We will discuss methods behind fire alarm systems in class. If our students want to complete this we will assist them outside of class hours via email with this fire alarm takeoff.

Complete the homework, scan it into your computer and email it to us by a set date for us to review and return prior to the start of the second session.

  • Day Three
  • We start exploding the homework from a description such as a duplex receptacle to each item that will be required to install that duplex receptacle
  • Commodity material costs will be inserted (material costs are supplied for this estimate ONLY)
  • Labor units will be added (labor units are supplied for this estimate ONLY)
  • We then calculate the total commodity material cost and the total number of field labor hours to complete the project
  • Begin the process of completing the bid with a cap sheet
  • Quotes will be checked and inserted
  • Tax rates will be discussed
  • Composite labor crews rates and how to develop one for individual projects
  • Composite crew
  • Day Four
  • Completion of the cap sheet
  • Non productive labor
  • Direct job expense
  • Overhead
  • Profit
  • Proposal letters will be discussed
  • Change order pricing will complete our class

We are not taking off the fire alarm on this project as it is a design and build. We will discuss methods behind fire alarm systems in class. If our students want to complete this we will assist them outside of class hours via email with this fire alarm takeoff.

Out pledge to our students is that we strive to help everyone enrolled to the best of our ability.

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