Building Estimating & Bidding 101

WREP-004 Building Estimating & Bidding 101

Fee: $589
Instruction: Asynchronous Online Learning

Program Description

Students of Building Estimating and Bidding 101 and 102 will learn the foundational concepts of becoming a professional construction estimator from the comfort of their homes using the Blackboard online learning platform.

After taking these courses, students will have the foundation to understand various calculations, quantity take-offs in concrete, framing, flooring materials, mechanicals, finish details, energy-efficient cost techniques, and more. In addition, students will work with residential working drawings and specifications from recently built projects in Western Massachusetts.

Lectures will cover direct, indirect and general overhead costs, gross and net profit associated with building projects at different levels of constructions.  Upon completion of both courses, students will have the skills and understanding of how to perform detailed and accurate building construction estimates.

  • 6 Individual online asynchronous topics
  • Accessible anytime, anywhere. Easily and conveniently accessible on desktops and laptops, and on tablets and phones.
  • Self-paced asynchronous online learning
  • STCC Credits (3) may be awarded upon enrollment in the STCC Building Construction Management Certificate Program or the STCC Project Management Associates Degree Program upon successful completion of both Building Estimating & Bidding 101 and Building Estimating & Bidding 201.
  • A certificate of completion will be provided.

Course Highlights

  • Introduction to the Estimating Process and Project Manuals
  • Contracts, Specifications, Bidding Procedures
  • Estimating Organization and Software Introduction
  • Estimating Cost of Labor, Materials, and Site Investigation
  • Profit, Overhead, and General Conditions
  • Finalize Estimate and Specifications and Blueprint Reading Skills

Course Objectives

  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of career opportunities in the construction and building industry.
  • The student will gain the ability to understand the unforeseen changes of a project and learn how to adapt to overages in costs and changes in schedules.
  • The student will develop an understanding of types of construction contracts, specifications and bidding methods and procedures.
  • The student will gain the ability to understand a set of working drawings for a residential structure to create an accurate construction cost estimate.
  • The student will learn the differences between gross profit and net profit.
  • The student will learn the basic methods of running a building construction company, including insurance, liabilities, and subcontractors’ responsibilities.
  • The student will gain the ability to create a construction estimate for a small residential project.

Program Details

To do well in this course, students should have the following skills:

  • Know how to read blueprints ( This will be reviewed)
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel or Numbers (Mac)
  • Knowledge of estimating terminology such as quantity take off, unity price, production rate etc.
  • Use of the calculator and architectural scale

Fee: $589.00

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Length of Program: 6 Weeks Online Asynchronous

Start: January 24, 2022
End: March 4, 2022

Estimating in Building Construction (What's New in Trades & Technology) 9th Edition
Steven Peterson MBA PE
Frank Dagostino
ISBN-13: 978-0134701165
ISBN-10: 013470116X

Books can be ordered on Amazon or from other book sellers.


Refund Policy

Withdraw prior to the start of class* - 100% Refund
No Refunds will be given once class begins

In the absence of a written third party contractual agreement stating otherwise, all refunds will be issued to the student. Credit card payments will be refunded directly to the credit card if processed within thirty days of the payment.

Course Cancellation Policy

The STCC Workforce Training office reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

Student Handbook Policies

As a participant in this program/course I understand that I am bound by all the rules, regulations, and policies of STCC as outlined in the Springfield Technical Community College Student Handbook.

The course content was developed by an industry expert who currently works as an experienced estimator and licensed Construction Supervisor, with a strong knowledge in the residential sector of design, building, and consulting.

STCC Architecture & Building Technology (ABT) faculty assistance through the 6 weeks of the course.

For More Information, Please Contact:

The STCC Workforce Development Center
Building 27, Second Floor

Enrollment Process

Enroll Online

  1. Click: Online Registration
  2. Click on “Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes”
  3. Type in “Building" and hit “Submit"
  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates.
  5. Enter your personal and credit card information.
    • Please note STCC accepts Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express as well as E-check payments. E-checks are a fee-free alternative to credit/debit payments.
    • Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you.
    • If you do not receive your receipt, check with our office at 413-755-4225 a few weeks prior to the class.

Enroll in Person

At this time due to COVID-19, in-person enrollment has been suspended until further notice.