Work by estimator Bill Fisher helped EllisDon Corp. win the contract to build a new hospital in Oakville, Ont. In his job, Mr. Fisher estimates the cost of constructing a building in order for the company to win the bid and keep costs low. He is in high demand.
In this picture, Sammy Ayoub, a senior project director with EllisDon Corp., stands at the site before construction began. (Tim Fraser For The Globe and Mail)
EllisDon chief executive officer Geoff Smith says few people are aware that construction estimating is a hot job with long-term career prospects. But it’s not got as high a profile as some other jobs in the field.
Mr. Smith says when there’s a job available, it’s often the candidate interviewing EllisDon and the company waiting anxiously to hear if it was successful. (Jupiterimages/Getty Images/Comstock Images)
Bill Fisher, an estimator for EllisDon, keeps close to the Oakville, Ont. site of its new hospital, a contract he helped his company win.
Mr. Fisher earned a construction management degree at Fanshawe College in London, Ont. and then learned on the job with a mentor. It’s a complex role with a steeper and longer learning curve, he says, but it’s a really rewarding job. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)
Estimators can get the job with a college or university degree. Co-op placements are beneficial to candidates and they’re highly sought after because they have on-the-job training as well as the right education.
Many companies will give employees training in order to keep their best talent. (Photos.com)