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Suderman Electrical Estimating Courses

Course Information


Suderman Electrical Estimating Course 1 is an intense 2-day hands-on course designed to introduce the basic principles of Electrical Estimating and its applications.

Course includes:

  • Suderman labour manual with CD
  • Take-off and estimating forms
  • Scale and markers
  • Lunch and refreshments

Course Agenda

Estimating Fundamentals

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

Detailed Takeoff

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

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

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


Suderman Electrical Estimating Course 2 is an in-depth 2-day hands-on course that provides the participant with the opportunity to learn advance electrical estimating techniques for systems, distribution, service equipment, motor power and control.

Suderman Electrical Estimating Course 1 is a prerequisite.

Course includes:

  • Take-off and estimating forms
  • Lunch and refreshments

Labour manual and scale previously provided in Suderman Electrical Estimating Course 1 to be brought by attendee.

Course Agenda

  • Review of:
    • Estimating Fundamentals
    • Detailed Take off
    • Pricing, Labouring, Summarizing
  • Supplier pricing
  • Sub-contracts
  • Job Closing
  • Change orders and extras on jobsites
  • Hourly cost of a vehicle
  • Hourly charge out rate
  • Unit Pricing

Layout and Estimate for

  • Fire Alarm
  • 600 amp Distribution
  • QMQB Panelboard
  • CDP Panelboard
  • 600 V Switchgear (remove existing and replace with new)
  • Bus Duct
  • Motor Control Center, Motor power & control
  • 5 KV Service Entrance