Construction Electrical Estimating (CEE) Course


This course puts focus on Construction Electrical Estimating.  Completion of this course will help improve responses to competitive bids and increase profits.

This course teaches estimating using a hands on approach. By the end of the course, the participants will have completed a project from beginning to end. This will ensure a project is estimated properly, ensuring a competitive bid. It will allow the participant to evaluate a potential project to see if it is worth bidding, then go on to estimate labour and materials efficiently and accurately.

Different types of electrical construction require different types of estimating practices. This course will focus on commercial, industrial and institutional construction. It is about the installation of electrical systems in building and industrial projects.

This course deals with trainee estimators in learning how to estimate electrical construction costs as defined in the specifications and installation drawings.

Program Format

The ideal class size is 16.

Course duration is 50 to 70 hrs spread over multiple weeks. Most popular delivery formats are consecutive Saturdays or consecutive Fridays and Saturdays or two nights a week for consecutive weeks.

CECA will act as the course administrator. Provincial and/or local ECA’s can provide their own instructor or CECA can arrange an instructor if necessary.

Instructor and student material will be available through the CECA office and any setup assistance will be provided. CECA will oversee the course delivery and issue certificates to the successful students.

CEE course material includes:

  • Student Manual
  • Change Order Users Guide
  • CAD Diagrams
  • Pricing sheets
  • Power schedule sheets
  • Switchboard, Panel board sheets
  • Columnar Take Off sheets
  • Trade Services Pricing Guide
  • Bid Summary Folder
  • Sample forms

NECA Manual of Labour Units (MLU) books will also be required but are are an additional charge. These books are normally retained by the sponsoring ECA to be used for future classes.

Contact Information

For additional information please contact Gregg Whitty at the CECA office.


Phone: 416-491-2414

Course Outline

Module 1 – Estimating Fundamentals

  • The Estimating Process and the Role of The Estimator
  • The Tendering Process
  • Contract Documents and Types of Contracts
  • Preparing an Estimate
  • Estimating Methods
  • Reviewing Installation Drawings
  • Pricing and Labouring a Project
  • Tools and Forms Used in Estimating
  • Estimating Terminology

Module 2 – Evaluating the Project

  • Evaluating the Project and the Role of the Chief Estimator
  • Criteria for Evaluating a Project
  • Sources of Information
  • Financial Obligations and Implications

 Module 3 – Organizing the Estimate

  •  Reviewing of Documentation
  • Series of Steps from Setting Up to Finalizing the Estimate
  • Organizing the Estimate Package

 Module 4 – Performing the Detailed Takeoff

  • Takeoff Definition and Methods
  • Takeoff Sequence and Steps
  • Takeoff Forms
  • Measuring
  • Counting Electrical Materials
  • Takeoff Categories: Lighting Fixtures
  • Takeoff Categories: Distribution Equipment
  • Takeoff Categories: Systems
  • Takeoff Categories: Feeders
  • Takeoff Categories: Mechanical
  • Takeoff Categories: Wiring Devices
  • Takeoff Categories: Branch Circuit Wiring
  • Takeoff Categories: Miscellaneous

 Module 5 – Listing, Pricing of Materials, Labouring, Labour Burdens & Composite Rates,   Summarizing/Recap

  • Listing and Extending
  • Pricing of Materials
  • Labouring
  • Labour Burdens & Composite Rates
  • Summarizing/Recapitulating

Module 6 – Closing the Estimate and Submitting the Bid

  • Closing the Estimate
  • Submitting the Bid

Module 7 – Reviewing Project and Maintaining Historical Data

  • Comparing Project to the Estimate
  • Developing a Database of Projects

Module 8 – Using Estimating Software

  • Computerized Estimating
  • Demonstration of Estimating Software Packages

Module 9 – Review of Major Project Assignment

  • Review of Project