So you’re a registered contractor – now what?

Charlotte BeveridgeBusiness & Management, Electrical Sector, Money MattersLeave a Comment

To keep yourself in business, there are some essential skills you need. One of the most important is being able to correctly estimate electrical projects.

When you think about estimating, you’re probably thinking about working out how many metres of cable you’re going to need for the job and how much it’ll cost. While that is true, estimating is about much more than that, as Ray Buckley explains.

Ray is a seasoned estimator and trainer for the NECA Education & Careers Estimating short course, taking over from estimating master Brian Seymour in 2017. Brian developed the course (and even taught Ray when he was a tradie!) with regular updates being made to make sure it stays relevant.

The participants have as much a part in keeping things relevant as Ray does, with everyone having the opportunity to share experiences and apply the principles of the course to real projects.

I enjoy sharing my experiences in the electrical industry.Ray Buckley

The small class sizes also mean you get one-on-one, personalised feedback during the course, and Ray as a contact for estimating questions that may arise in the future.

You don’t even have to be an electrician to benefit from the Estimating course, with Ray having successful past students gaining an understanding of the principles to be able to assist estimators with takeoff and tender letters.

Documents are incredibly important to the estimating process, from tender letters, to drawings, and contracts. “You’ve got to read the contract,” Ray confirms. “It’s about covering the risk that’s going to come forward.”

There are a lot of factors to account for when estimating a project, such as revisions to plans, the going hourly rate, prime cost items, and handover to the project manager, which is why it’s important to be aware of the big picture.

Clauses can be especially risky, whether it’s an estimator not putting in a clause for something important, like a rock clause when digging a trench, or someone else putting a clause that you don’t need, like certain types of insurance.

Ray’s advice is to “look at every job as you see it.” And if you want more of his wisdom… well, you might just have to join the course.

Click here for more information and to register. 


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