Unlike many Professional Jobs out there, you won’t need a four-year degree to become an electrical estimator. Although, having a degree in any of the engineering and management field is always a plus.
One of the best way to start is having an electrician’s license, where you’ve already learned the basics of the trade.
After that, there are a few ways you can level up and get into electrical estimating. You can get an associates degree in electrical engineering, construction management, or electrical technology where you’ll get classroom training in estimating. Organizations like the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) and the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE) have electrical estimating certification courses you can take that can also help you break into this field.
No matter which training path you take, there are certain skills you need in order to be successful in electrical estimating. One of those is being great at math. A lot of electrical estimating involves calculating costs and understanding measurements on blueprints. To make sure you don’t miss anything important when making those calculations, it pays to have great attention to detail. Great communication and can time management are also great skills to have as an electrical estimator.