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Working As An Electrical Estimator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $68,640

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Estimator Do

Drafters use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Duties

Drafters typically do the following:

  • Design plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Work from rough sketches and specifications created by engineers and architects
  • Design products with engineering and manufacturing techniques
  • Add details to architectural plans from their knowledge of building techniques
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new products
  • Work under the supervision of engineers or architects

Many drafters are referred to as CAD operators. Using CAD systems, drafters create and store technical drawings digitally. These drawings contain information on how to build a structure or machine, the dimensions of the project, and what materials are needed to complete the project.

Drafters work with CAD so they can create schematics that can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into building information modeling (BIM) systems. These systems allow drafters, architects, construction managers, and engineers to create and collaborate on digital models of physical buildings and machines. Through three-dimensional rendering, BIM software allows designers and engineers to see how different elements in their projects work together.

Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings for construction projects. These workers may specialize in a type of building, such as residential or commercial. They may also specialize by the materials used, such as steel, wood, or reinforced concrete.

Civil drafters prepare topographical maps used in construction and civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and flood-control projects.

Electrical drafters prepare wiring diagrams that other construction workers use to install and repair electrical equipment and wiring in power plants, electrical distribution systems, and residential and commercial buildings.

Electronics drafters produce wiring diagrams, assembly diagrams for circuit boards, and layout drawings used in manufacturing and in installing and repairing electronic devices and components.

Mechanical drafters prepare layouts that show the details for a wide variety of machinery and mechanical tools and devices, such as medical equipment. These layouts indicate dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements needed for assembly. Mechanical drafters sometimes create production molds.

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How To Become An Electrical Estimator

Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting.

Education

Drafters generally need to complete postsecondary education in drafting. This is typically done through a 2-year associate’s degree from a technical institute or community college.

Technical institutes offer instruction in design fundamentals, sketching, and CAD (computer-aided design) software and award certificates or diplomas upon completion. Programs vary in length but are generally 2 years of full-time education. The types of courses offered will also vary by institution. Some institutions may specialize in only one type of drafting, such as mechanical or architectural drafting.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes that lead to an associate of applied science in drafting or related degree. After completing an associate’s degree program, graduates may get jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a 4-year college. Most 4-year colleges do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics.

To prepare for postsecondary education, high school students who take courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and where available, drafting, may find such classes useful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) offers certification for drafters. Although not mandatory, certification demonstrates competence and knowledge of nationally recognized practices. Certifications are offered for several specialties, including architectural, civil, and mechanical drafting.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Drafters must be able to turn plans and ideas into technical drawings that will guide the creation of real buildings, tools, and systems.

Detail oriented. Drafters must pay close attention to details so that the plans they convert are technically accurate according to the outlined specifications.

Interpersonal skills. Drafters work closely with architects, engineers, and other designers to make sure that final plans are accurate. This requires the ability to take advice and constructive criticism, as well as to offer it.

Math skills. Drafters work on technical drawings. They may be required to solve mathematical calculations involving factors such as angles, weights, and costs.

Technical skills. Drafters in all specialties must be able to use computer software, such as CAD, and work with database tools, such as BIM (building information modeling).

Time-management skills. Drafters often work under strict deadlines. As a result, they must work efficiently in order to produce the required output according to set schedules.

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Electrical Estimator Demographics

Gender

Male

88.7%

Female

10.7%

Unknown

0.6%
Ethnicity

White

79.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Dakota

13.3%

Ukrainian

6.7%

Hawaiian

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%
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Electrical Estimator Education

Schools

National University

9.8%

Pennsylvania State University

7.3%

University of Utah

7.3%

Purdue University

7.3%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.9%

Missouri State University

4.9%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

Hofstra University

4.9%

Lee College

4.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.9%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

4.9%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

4.9%

Portland State University

4.9%

University of Alaska Anchorage

4.9%

Central Washington University

2.4%

University of Southern Maine

2.4%

Eastern Michigan University

2.4%

University of Florida

2.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

25.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

17.3%

Business

10.1%

Construction Management

10.1%

Project Management

4.8%

Engineering

3.6%

General Studies

3.6%

Education

3.0%

Management

2.4%

Drafting And Design

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Biology

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Political Science

1.2%

Business Economics

1.2%

Physics

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

40.3%

Bachelors

33.5%

Associate

12.2%

Masters

5.9%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Electrical Estimator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical/Electrical Estimator Gardiner & Theobald, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2013 $97,323 -
$110,000
Mechanical/Electrical Estimator Gardiner & Theobald, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2010 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Electrical Estimator VJ Associates of Suffolk, Inc. Hicksville, NY Sep 02, 2009 $80,000
SR. Electrical Estimator VJ Associates of Suffolk, Inc. Hicksville, NY Sep 02, 2009 $80,000
Electrical Estimator Mona Electric Group, Inc. Clinton, MD Feb 27, 2011 $68,000
Electrical Estimator Forest Electric Corp. New York, NY Feb 12, 2016 $65,000
Electrical Estimator Essence Electric Inc. Suwanee, GA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000

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Top Skills for An Electrical Estimator

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  1. Subcontractor Prices
  2. Electrical Cost Estimates
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Position also handles the solicitation of material and subcontractor prices, searches and qualifies new subcontractors.
  • Prepared electrical cost estimates for construction projects and electrical services to help management in bidding for electrical contracting work and projects.
  • Project Management, scheduling job assignments, making site visits and identifying opportunities for improvement and invoking the modifications.
  • Negotiate contracts with general contractors.
  • Prepare conceptual/detailed proposal estimates for commercial building, retail, manufacturing, Educational and telecommunications projects.

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