Schools with Electrical Estimating Programs: How to Choose

Electrical estimating is the process of determining a projected cost for the electrical aspects of a construction project. While electrical estimating is not commonly offered as a separate program, students can enroll in related programs that offer estimating courses or concentrations.

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Students interested in electrical estimating can enroll in certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs in construction or electrical systems cost estimating, electrical technology, electrical engineering or construction management. Such programs are available at both 2- and 4-year colleges.

10 Electrical or Construction Estimating Schools

The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer electrical or construction estimating programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
San Diego State University San Diego, CA 4-year, Public Certificate $3,564 (total program cost)
Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD 2-year, Public Certificate $479 for Anne Arundel County residents (total program cost)
Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $2,730; In-state $3,180; Out-of-state $6,420
Dunwoody College of Technology Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Private Associate's $20,194
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $1,504; In-state $3,184; Out-of-state $3,544
Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma In-state $2,334; Out-of-state $8,478
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,394; Out-of-state $8,538
Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's $5,584
Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,182; Out-of-state $7,398
North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,571; Out-of-state $10,850

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES

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School Selection Criteria

There are a few considerations for students interested in this field:

  • Students can either select a certificate program in cost estimating that focuses more generally on construction management, or one that specifically concentrates on electrical estimating.
  • Students may seek bachelor's degree programs in electrical engineering that offer more hands-on training in the form of internships or on-campus practicums.
  • Currently employed students, specifically those enrolling in continuing education programs to enhance their professional credentials, may prefer the flexibility of online course scheduling.
  • It may be helpful to look for programs approved by the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE), an organization that offers professional certification in the field. ASPE-approved programs can prepare students for the organization's certification process.

Certificate in Cost Estimating

Career certificate programs in construction or electrical systems cost estimating can be completed in one semester or one year, online or on campus. Coursework may include estimating, bidding, blueprint and plan reading and plumbing estimation.

Associate Degree in Electrical Technology

Associate degree programs in electrical technology can be completed in two years, and course credits can be transferred if a student decides to continue study for a bachelor's degree.

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

Bachelor's degree programs in electrical engineering can be completed in four years, and some require a capstone project for successful completion. Coursework often includes electronic design, circuits, digital electronics, networks and electrical systems.

Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management

Bachelor's degree programs in construction management commonly focus on the diverse components of construction projects, including finance, accounting and safety. A senior research project may be required prior to graduation. Other topics include cost estimating, project design, management, surveying and materials.

It is possible to pursue a certificate in cost estimating, or to complete a certificate, diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree in a related field to prepare for a career as an electrical estimator.

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