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Millwork Estimator, Custom Woodwork Estimator, Architectural Woodwork Estimator, Cabinetry Estimator, Woodworking Project Estimator, Interior Finish Estimator, Millwork Project Manager

Mô tả công việc

All around us, every day, we see examples of “millwork”—even if we never know the word for it!

Millwork simply refers to certain wood items used in homes and offices, such as doors, cabinets, and the decorative trim running along the bottoms of walls and around doors and windows. Millwork also includes stair parts, fireplace mantels, shelving, wood panels, and crown moldings—a type of trim used to add design elements to a space to make it look fancy!  

Many home and building owners want customized millwork installed, which can be both time-consuming and costly. That’s when they call in a Custom Millwork Project Estimator.  

These experts review the customer’s needs, assess the feasibility of their requests, and then put together cost estimates based on the complexity of the designs, the materials desired, and the projected time and labor requirements. They’re aided in their tasks by estimation software programs, which are useful in determining accurate estimates for each unique project.

Các khía cạnh bổ ích của sự nghiệp
  • Being a key player in helping customers plan and execute millwork projects
  • Diverse projects to work on, ranging from residential to commercial buildings
  • Serves an important role in the millwork industry, supporting its profitability
Việc làm năm 2022
64,600
2032 Việc làm dự kiến
63,900
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Trách nhiệm công việc

Lịch làm việc

  • Custom Millwork Project Estimators typically work full-time, and must frequently travel to job sites. They may work overtime when collaborating with construction teams on larger projects.

Nhiệm vụ tiêu biểu

  • Coordinate with designers, architects, and clients to understand project requirements
  • Review project blueprints and specifications
  • Attend pre-bid meetings and site visits
  • Utilize specialized software for estimating and project management
  • Assess any environmental/sustainability considerations when preparing estimates
  • Monitor market trends for changes in material costs and availability
  • Calculate accurate cost estimates including labor, materials, and machinery usage
  • Provide cost-benefit analysis for alternative materials or methods, as needed
  • Advise on cost-saving strategies that won’t compromise quality or compliance
  • Identify potential risks and their cost implications
  • Adjust estimates based on changes in project scope, specifications, or other factors
  • Collaborate with project managers to align estimates with schedules
  • Negotiate with subcontractors and vendors on terms and pricing
  • Prepare and present bid packages to clients, with detailed cost breakdowns
  • Manage timelines and budget constraints


Trách nhiệm bổ sung

  • Update estimates throughout the project lifecycle as needed
  • Prepare detailed reports and proposals for clients and management
  • Assist in the preparation of account settlements once projects are completed
  • Keep records of historical project costs for reference
  • Continuously monitor trends such as popular materials and techniques
  • Ensure compliance with applicable industry standards 
Các kỹ năng cần thiết trong công việc

Kỹ năng mềm

  • Chính xác
  • Phân tích
  • Định hướng tuân thủ
  • Tư duy phản biện
  • Dịch vụ khách hàng
  • Định hướng chi tiết
  • Giám sát
  • Đàm phán
  • Lập kế hoạch và tổ chức
  • Precise
  • Giải quyết vấn đề
  • Đảm bảo chất lượng
  • Quan tâm đến an toàn
  • Phán xét hợp lý
  • Kỹ năng giao tiếp mạnh mẽ
  • Làm việc theo nhóm
  • Quản lý thời gian

Kỹ năng kỹ thuật

  • Ngân sách
  • Computer-aided drafting
  • Construction takeoffs
  • Contract negotiation
  • Cost estimation tools
  • General mathematical skills
  • Quản lý dự án
  • Woodworking processes and materials
Các loại tổ chức khác nhau
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Self-employed workers or contractors
Kỳ vọng và hy sinh

Millwork Estimators hold a critical role in construction, tasked with accurately interpreting blueprints and providing cost-effective, sustainable estimates. They need a thorough understanding of construction materials and design principles as they also seek to balance ecological concerns with financial realities.

This responsibility demands precision and constant awareness of industry trends. The job also comes with challenges like potentially long hours, strict deadlines—and, of course, the pressure of giving accurate cost calculations.

Their contributions extend beyond financial aspects, impacting design and execution, and promoting sustainable construction practices. This makes their role challenging but crucial to the success of the whole industry!

Xu hướng hiện tại

The millwork industry is evolving rapidly, with some hot trends standing out!

For starters, sustainability. There’s a major shift towards eco-friendly materials due to growing environmental concerns. Consumers are looking for more green building practices, and the market is responding accordingly.

Another trend is the increased integration of technology like computer-aided design and manufacturing systems, which are revolutionizing millwork. CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining is also helping to streamline the manufacturing process. All this automation allows for greater precision, consistency, and efficiency in production, which can, in turn, lower overall costs!

Meanwhile, aesthetics are changing, too. Customers want modern design spins on traditional craftsmanship, thus driving the demand for more unique, creative, and personalized millwork projects. 

Những điều gì mọi người trong sự nghiệp này thích làm khi họ còn trẻ ...

Many Millwork Project Estimators have a background in millwork, construction, or other hands-on professions. In their younger years, they probably liked working with their hands or with tools or machinery. They might have been good with math and enjoyed managing projects on their own. They are usually reliable and independent and appreciate having some freedom to do their work without much interference from others. 

Giáo dục và đào tạo cần thiết
  • Custom Millwork Project Estimators need a high school diploma or equivalent. A college degree is not necessary, but practical experience is needed
  1. Note, that while a degree isn’t required, an associate in construction management could give your application a boost!
  • Practical experience in woodworking or millwork is usually desired, plus having some formal education in woodworking, construction, carpentry, or architecture is useful
  • These can be learned in high school, via vocational courses, apprenticeships, or part-time jobs
  • In addition, certain types of math are commonly used in this profession, such as basic arithmetic, geometry, and algebra
  • Estimators may need proficiency in reading blueprints and architectural drawings, and using computer-aided design software (like AutoCAD) and estimation/takeoff programs (like INNERGY, ProjectPak, ProEst, PlanSwift, Bluebeam Revu, ConstructConnect, CostX, etc.)
Những điều cần tìm kiếm trong một trường đại học
  • Custom Millwork Project Estimators don’t need to go to college, but if you do take classes, consider the cost of tuition, discounts, and local scholarship opportunities (in addition to federal aid)
  • Look for courses that can help you develop practical skills in woodworking and project estimation
  • Try to find programs that feature internships or cooperative educational opportunities
  • Think about your schedule and flexibility when deciding whether to enroll in an on-campus, online, or hybrid program. Ideally, you’ll want as much hands-on practice as you can get for many of these courses
  • Read reviews from previous students and check out job placement stats and details about the program’s alumni network
  • Note, that some training programs may have connections with local employers!
Những điều cần làm ở trường trung học và đại học
  • Custom Millwork Project Estimators should take blueprint reading, math, geometry, algebra, drafting, computer-aided design, and woodworking or shop courses
  • Note, high school students can often take community college or vocational training classes simultaneously. Your school counselor should be able to offer details  
  • Get practical work experience through part-time carpentry or construction jobs (or via apprenticeships or entry-level laborer positions)
  • Take ad hoc classes online like Coursera’s Construction Cost Estimating and Cost Control
  • Watch related videos on YouTube channels like DuckWorks’ Millwork Project Management Tips
  • Educate yourself through relevant books, magazines, blogs, and discussion forums
  • Ask a working Custom Millwork Project Estimator if they have time to do an informational interview with you
  • Tham gia với các tổ chức chuyên nghiệp để học hỏi, chia sẻ, kết bạn và phát triển mạng lưới của bạn (xem danh sách Tài nguyên > Trang web của chúng tôi)
  • Bắt đầu tạo sơ yếu lý lịch sớm. Tiếp tục thêm vào nó khi bạn tiếp tục, để bạn không bị mất dấu bất cứ điều gì
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Custom Millwork Project Estimator Roadmap
Làm thế nào để có được công việc đầu tiên của bạn
  • Rack up as much relevant experience as you can in school or through volunteer work, part-time jobs, or an apprenticeship
  • Check out job portals like Glassdoor, Indeed, USAJOBS, or SimplyHired
  • Screen job ads carefully to ensure you meet the requirements
  • Focus your resume on relevant work and academic experiences
  • Review Custom Millwork Project Estimator resume templates to get ideas for formatting and phrasing
  • Include keywords in your resume/application, such as:
  1. Architectural Design
  2. Tự động CAD
  3. Bid Preparation
  4. Đọc bản thiết kế
  5. Building Codes Compliance
  6. Contract Negotiation
  7. Cost Analysis
  8. Custom Cabinetry
  9. Estimating
  10. Material Takeoff
  11. Mua sắm
  12. Project Scheduling
  13. Specification Analysis
  14. Vendor Management
  • Look for apprenticeship opportunities at Apprenticeship.gov to get your foot in the door
  • Ask your school’s career services staff for help with resumes, mock interviews, and job searches
  1. Also, ask for help connecting with recruiters and job fairs. They may even have connections to local unions that offer apprenticeships!
  2. If applying for a union apprenticeship, read the application instructions carefully before filling anything out. Note, “most unions don’t expect you to be an expert in your industry,” when you apply for an apprenticeship,” notes Indeed
  • Reach out to your network to let them know you are looking for opportunities
  • Consider making an online portfolio showcasing some of your prior estimation projects, if you have any
  • Hỏi trước các tài liệu tham khảo tiềm năng để xem họ sẽ giới thiệu bạn hay viết thư giới thiệu
  • Tham gia vào các diễn đàn trực tuyến và đặt câu hỏi tư vấn nghề nghiệp
  • Tra cứu các câu hỏi phỏng vấn phổ biến để chuẩn bị cho những cuộc phỏng vấn quan trọng đó
  • Luôn ăn mặc phù hợp để phỏng vấn xin việc thành công! 
Làm thế nào để leo lên thang

Custom Millwork Project Estimators typically already have a few years of experience in the industry, but they can advance their careers through some of the following:

  • Enroll in advanced courses related to construction management, project estimation, or business administration
  • Obtain relevant certifications like Certified Professional Estimator, Certified Construction Manager, or Project Management Professional
  • Attend industry conferences, workshops, and seminars. Join professional organizations like the American Society of Professional Estimators and actively network with peers
  • Specialize in a niche area within millwork, such as high-end residential projects
  • Stay updated with the latest estimation software and technology trends. 
    Take advantage of digital tools and resources like parametric 3D CAD models, libraries of reusable parts, metadata, and collaboration functions
  • Develop your leadership skills by managing larger projects or teams
  • Seek out an experienced mentor who can help you plan your future. Also be a helpful mentor to younger workers, showing them opportunities and insights
  • Develop an engaging portfolio showcasing all your successful projects. It should feature plenty of details and high-resolution images!
  • Enhancing client relations which can lead to repeat business and referrals
  • Develop your understanding of market trends, cost control, and efficient budgeting
  • Engage in projects that require collaboration with other departments
  • Learn all you can about sustainable and green building practices
  • Hone negotiation skills to manage contracts and procurements more effectively
Kế hoạch B

The art of estimating project costs is becoming increasingly automated thanks to advanced software programs and methodology—but it still takes an expert in the field to know how to properly use that technology! In addition, many aspects of estimating are still done manually.

Still, cost estimators in general are projected to see a slight 3% dip in job growth over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So if you want to explore options other than being a Custom Millwork Project Estimator, below are several occupations to consider!

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