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Civil Estimators have good attention to detail and enjoy collaborating with project managers, engineers, and sub-contractors to deliver successful projects.

It is possible to work as a Civil Estimators assistant without formal training, however most employers prefer candidates with qualifications in Civil Construction Management or a background in Civil Engineering. Industry experience is required and a genuine interest in all facets of construction.

Civil estimators review project plans, liaise with clients and stakeholders, visit work sites, and consider a range of factors which affect costs before providing the final estimate for the project tender, budgets and projects plans.

Civil Estimators often work to tight deadlines, have strong analytical skills and use a range of programs to collate and analyse data.

What will I be doing?

  • Interpreting plans, regulations, and codes of practice
  • Calculating costs of goods and services
  • Liaising and negotiating with governments, clients, and stakeholders
  • Working closely with construction managers, architects, and surveyors to plan and develop a budget for building projects
  • Using software to calculate the cost and timeframes for a project, check subcontractor quotes and submit tenders.
  • Planning, reviewing, and delivering final estimate of budget and cost plans
  • Estimate timelines, technical or resource requirements with a high level of accuracy
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects
  • Estimate green project costs
  • Negotiate agreements to resolve disputes
  • Prepare financial documents, contracts, disclosures, or applications
  • Plan and manage, and analyse costs and benefits of, proposed designs or projects
  • Maintain data in information systems or databases

Transferable skills used:

  • Business operations and financial activities 64%
  • Operating procedures and processes 13%
  • Records, documentation, reports, and research 9%
  • Work activities preparation 6%
  • Environmental management 3%
  • Construction 3%
  • Communication and collaboration 1%
  • Data, analytics, and databases 1%

Skill level needed (out of 10)

  • Planning and organizing 8 High
  • Initiative and innovation 8 High
  • Numeracy 7 Intermediate
  • Digital engagement 7 Intermediate
  • Teamwork 7 Intermediate
  • Writing 7 Intermediate
  • Reading 7 Intermediate
  • Learning 7 Intermediate
  • Problem solving 6 Intermediate.
  • Oral communication 7 Intermediate
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How to start your career as a Civil Estimator:


Certificate II Resources and infrastructure work preparation RII20120

Certificate II Civil Construction Pathways RII20720

Certificate III Plant Operations RII30820

Certificate III Civil Construction RII30920

Diploma of Project management BSB50820

Cert II courses are credit towards Cert III

Full Apprenticeships are available in civil construction.

Engineering – University of Tasmania 

Further training is available through RTO’s, with funding via Keystone Tasmania.

What to find out more?

Contact us if you would like to find out more about working in Civil Construction, Estimator.

View Estimator Fact Sheet (PDF)