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Professional Diploma Professional Diploma in Construction Cost Estimating

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Note: This program is not being offered in the Summer 2017 semester.

Program Description

As the construction industry remains robust with activity, construction project estimators are in demand. For those with some prior knowledge of the construction process and an eye for detail, the Professional Diploma in Construction Cost Estimating provides the specialized skills to become a project estimator within a construction firm or related industry organization.

This comprehensive diploma program affords the theory, principles, and procedures used by estimators to develop detailed cost estimates for construction projects. The curriculum extensively utilizes case studies, computer spreadsheets and interrelated mathematical formulas, and exercises. As a participant in this program, you will learn to visualize the construction process, determine how the work is to be performed, and calculate the time required, all of which will be based upon a set of construction drawings and specifications for a project. Topics covered in this program include estimate planning; internal and external considerations; predesign, conceptual, and preliminary budgets; design review; pre-construction and detailed estimates; unit prices; lump-sum bids; direct and indirect costs; overhead; bonds; insurance; interiors, core and shell, and MEP estimating; the bidding process; the bid package; general conditions; and subcontractor bid comparisons.

The Professional Diploma in Construction Cost Estimating, which can be completed online in one semester, provides those individuals who have a working knowledge of construction methods and drawings with skills that will enable them to prepare for a position as a construction estimator. The Diploma delivers a practical application of knowledge and experience that leverages real-world simulations and project-level scenarios and estimates to enable a hands-on learning experience. Upon completion of the Diploma, you will have the basic skills that are sought after by many firms in the construction industry.

Work Product

You will create, manage, and complete a construction estimate including, but not limited to, multiple facets, such as core and shell, interior, and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing). The estimate will be based upon a set of architectural drawings that you are provided with electronically at the beginning of the semester. This will be a process that develops through the three separate courses—each working with the same project—and eventually culminating in a complete bid and proposal package. The course flow will give you a solid foundation and comprehension of what is entailed in a complete project estimate.

Job Skills

  • The skills to review contract documents in order to determine accurate scope of work
  • The ability to identify project labor, material, and time requirements
  • The skills to perform quantity takeoffs from construction drawings
  • The knowledge to identify the costs of job components
  • The ability to create project cost estimates and to determine profitability
  • The knowledge to review, negotiate, and price change orders

 

Job Titles

  • Construction Estimator
  • Estimating Assistant
  • Project Estimator
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Replacement Cost Adjustor (Insurance Industry)

Tuition: $2,250

Duration

1 semester

You'll Walk Away With

  • The ability to review a set of contract documents and to determine project scope
  • The knowledge to identify project requirements in regard to labor, materials, and time
  • The skills to perform quantity takeoffs from construction documents
  • The ability to create a cost estimate with market-related pricing
  • Knowledge of how to review, negotiate, and price change orders

Required Program Curriculum

hand selected to give you the skills and training you need to start your new career

Construction Cost Estimating for Building Interiors

Learn the theory, procedures, and practices used to develop interior construction project estimates.

2017 Spring
1 section

Construction Cost Estimating for Building Core and Shell

Learn additional details and aspects of the construction estimating process, with a focus on building core and shell elements.

2017 Spring
1 section

Construction Cost Estimating for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP)

Acquire a comprehensive understanding of how to develop cost estimates for the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems of construction projects.

2017 Spring
1 section

JobFocus: Construction Cost Estimating

Gain a better understanding of the job market and of employer expectations in the field of construction cost estimating.

2017 Spring
1 section

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college 

• Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work
   experience OR 60 credits with no work experience
   required

Construction Cost Estimating for Building Interiors

Learn the theory, procedures, and practices used to develop interior construction project estimates.

2017 Spring
1 section

Construction Cost Estimating for Building Core and Shell

Learn additional details and aspects of the construction estimating process, with a focus on building core and shell elements.

2017 Spring
1 section

Construction Cost Estimating for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP)

Acquire a comprehensive understanding of how to develop cost estimates for the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems of construction projects.

2017 Spring
1 section

JobFocus: Construction Cost Estimating

Gain a better understanding of the job market and of employer expectations in the field of construction cost estimating.

2017 Spring
1 section