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Electrical Estimating Fundamentals: Suderman Course #1

Are you confident in your estimating skills for today's competitive market? Attend Electrical Estimating Fundamentals: Suderman Course #1 and learn how to systematically put together an accurate bid for electrical work.

This two-day, hands-on course will teach you how to conduct estimates in a systematic way from start to the final bid price. Easy-to-follow forms will be supplied and will guide you step by step. With this system errors are easy to find, all material is listed and a labour unit is applied to each item.

By the end of this session, you will be able to finalize a tender, add overhead and all other job costs and add the profit as your final step. The labour manual will go home with you for continual use.



1. Estimating Fundamentals

  • Role of an Estimator
  • Setting Up an Estimate
  • Methods of Estimating
  • Estimating Tools and Forms
  • Labour Manual and Use

2. Detailed Takeoff

  • Review Drawings and Specifications
  • Organization of Estimate
  • Measuring and Counting
  • Use of Forms
  • Use of Computer Estimating Systems

3. Layout and Estimate for

  • 110 volt Receptacle Outlets for an Office
  • Lighting Fixtures and Switches for an Office
  • Lighting and Outlets for a Plant (Take off on computer estimating sytem)
  • Distribution and Feeders
  • 400 amp Service Entrance

4. Pricing, Labouring and Summarizing

  • Listing of Material
  • Labour Units and Extension
  • Summarizing
    • Material Pricing
    • Labour Cost, development, how to use and adjust
    • Non-Productive Labour
    • Job Expenses
    • Mark-up and Profit
    • Job Closing
    • Sales Techniques


This course is ideal for: Electrical Contractors, Journeyman Electricians, Maintenance Electricians, Purchasing Personnel, Engineers, Architects and Technicians.



2 Gold Seal Credits


Your Facilitator: John F Wiesel, M.E., Suderman Estimating Systems Inc.

With 45 years of experience in the electrical industry – from journeyman, foreman, project manager, estimator, designer, sales to vice president of a major electrical mechanical firm – John is a qualified international construction consultant with a broad knowledge base.

Taught to over 3,500 contractors across Canada, Suderman Electrical Estimating Course will provide you with the resources you require to advance your career or business by giving you confidence when you bid.


February 26, 2019 8:00 am - February 27, 2019 4:00 pm


Venue: Winnipeg Construction Association - Construction Education Centre
Burnell Room