Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs

Construction Electrical Mechanical Estimator Courses in Cambridge


Occupational Health & Safety: Occupational Health & Safety is a cross-disciplinary area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment. As a secondary effect, it may also protect co-workers, family members, nearby communities and other members of the public who are impacted by the workplace environment Topics include knowledge of the Acts, protocols and safety manuals, Inspection Agency familiarization and completion of the safety certification requirements.

Fundamentals of an Estimator: Students will understand the role of an Estimator. They will be introduced to the role of an Intermediate Estimator and learn what basic assistance they will be providing in a junior position, from calculating various statistical data to researching historical data. Students will be exposed to a full estimating procedure from start to finish. This module will also review necessary mathematical skills necessary for the estimating sector.

Estimating & Takeoffs: Students will learn how to calculate various statistical data — quality take-offs, material price lists, labor costs per man hour, equipment, etc. They will learn how junior estimators assist with obtaining scopes of work and pricing from subcontractors and suppliers. Students learn how to make estimates and take-offs from all sources of material — blueprints, manual drawings and electronic simulations, field sketches etc.

AutoCAD Application: Students learn how to use AutoCAD software to assist them in the estimating field. They begin with basic comprehension of 2D drafting and then advance to 3D modeling. Students learn automatic drawing creation and architectural modeling and rendering.

Tendering and Reporting Systems: Students will learn the role of junior estimator when dealing with these systems. They will learn to assist with obtaining scopes of work and pricing from subcontractors and suppliers. They will learn the bid process and assist with closing bids. Students will learn to research data and compile summary to develop guidelines and precedence for future estimates.

Cost and Expenditure Statements: In this module, students will learn how to assist with obtaining scopes and pricing from subcontractors and suppliers. They will understand how to assist in the monitoring of conceptual estimated with actual cost data. Furthermore, they will prepare summary reports and other financial statements including cost, expenditure and budgets.

Operational Structure: Operational structure & strategies introduces students to the types of organizational structures. It focuses on the ways organizations create and reach their operating potential. This module covers operational strategies including methods of inventory control and types of distribution channels, as well as relations with subcontractors and suppliers. In addition, this module covers organizational cultures and ethical practices in a business environment


  • Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent, or a mature student
  • Pass an entrance test administrated by PAT
  • Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
  • Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements

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