By - azulmakesart
Welcome to the club. We’re not paid to know it all. We’re paid to know enough to ask the right questions.
I totally agree with this statement.
I couldn't agree more with this ^
Are you an estimator for a GC?
Haha yeah I am an estimator for a GC.
Same. Give me electrical all day long, but structural steel? Fuck if I know lol.
It’s a perpetual marathon. Estimating is fun at its core, but it is a position that gets tons of heat. Owners are looking at you and hate your number (always too high) and your higher ups have their eye on you to make sure you’re keeping the owners happy on negotiated jobs and there’s also tons of pressure to keep enough fat in the number as built up contingency. I’ve been about to walk out of my office (and job) at least 2 times when the pressure was too much. Imagine having three large $100+ million jobs going on at the same time. I’d redo my career if I could haha
Some of it is just learned with time....you arent going to know everything about everything and things are changing on a scope specific level so something by the time you learn something, the industry has changed.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make yourself look dumb (I’m sure you aren’t dumb but you might feel that way in the moment). You are not supposed to know everything about one trade, you are supposed to know a little bit about a lot of trades.
It gets better. You get a system. Then it gets boring.
How long were you estimating just framing before you made the switch?
We’re right there with you dude!