ACT-246: Construction Estimating

This course is INACTIVE
Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Architecture/Construction Tech
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Construction Estimating
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ACT-101 or ENT-124
Catalog Course Description

Covers the estimation of residential and commercial construction costs using the quantity survey method. Discusses the importance of using construction documents for accurate construction cost estimating related to material and labor. Course utilizes spreadsheet applications for preparing cost estimating forms for material, labor, and other costs. Construction experience or ACT 141 and MATH 100 are recommended.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Methods for Estimating
  2. Plan familiarization – “walk-through”
  3. Excavation, footings, basement walls, steel
  4. Rough carpentry
  5. Siding, trim
  6. Roofing
  7. Insulation
  8. Drywall
  9. Interior trim
  10. Windows and doors
  11. Hardware
  12. Cabinets
  13. Plumbing and electrical
  14. Heating
  15. Painting
  16. Permits and fees
  17. Mark-up
  18. Overhead
  19. Profit
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Name the three basic types of cost estimates.
  • Identify an example of direct cost.
  • Identify an example of indirect cost.
  • Discuss proper scheduling for a typical residential project.
  • Establish a proficiency in reading residential construction documents.
  • Record a database of information on labor and material costs.
  • Explain the application of mathematics and geometry in cost estimating.
  • Discuss knowledge of labor operations and productivity and convert them into project costs.
  • Explain the importance of bid deadlines.
  • Discuss the importance of understanding the vocabulary used in cost estimating.
  • Explain typical abbreviations used in cost estimating.
  • Explain “mark-up” as it applies to residential construction.
General Information

ACT-246 is part of three programs. The pre-req change is to enable students to take this course as part of Power and Trades Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship: Construction Management. Email dated September 14, 2018 authorizes this change. In this email Hassan Mohseni Nameghi agrees to adding the ENT-124 in addition to ACT-101 in his program (Engineering Technology-Construction Management) even though ENT-124 is not part of this program.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Unit Assignments.
  2. Tests.
  3. Attendance

Note: *All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Provide, in writing, a request to the department indicating the proposed rationale for requesting credit and describing (via portfolio) the type of college level learning upon which the request is based.

  1. Completion of the final exam with a minimum score of 75%.
  2. Schedule an interview with the appropriate instructor(s) to discuss the request and exam.

Upon review of the request, portfolio, and documentation, the department will make a determination whether credit will be granted.

Effective Term
Summer 2024