September 23, 2024

Suderman Electrical Estimating In-person Course 1 (Basic) – Surrey

Electrical Estimating Course 1 (Basic) is an in-depth hands-on course that provides the participant with the opportunity to learn advanced electrical estimating techniques for systems, distribution, service equipment, motor power and control.

Date & Time

Monday, September 23, 2024 (8:00 am pt) – September 24, 2024 (4:00 pm pt)


E.B. Horsman & Son - Head Office & Distribution Centre
Training Room - 19295 25 Ave, Surrey, BC V3Z 3X1


NOTE: Discounted combo pricing is available when purchasing Courses 1 and 2 together. There is no opportunity to re-schedule or for a partial refund if a student cannot attend both sessions.

Course Agenda

Estimating Fundamentals

  • What is an estimate?
  • Role of an estimator
  • Setting up an estimate
  • Methods of estimating
  • Estimating tools and forms
  • Labour manual and use
  • Pricing

Detailed Takeoff

  • Review drawings and specifications
  • Organization of estimate
  • Reviewing of addendums
  • Measuring and counting
  • Use of forms

Phases of a Job, Layout, and Estimate

  • 110-volt receptacle outlets for an office
  • Lighting fixtures and switches for an office
  • Lighting and outlets for a plant
  • Distribution and feeders
  • 400A service entrance
Pricing, Labouring, and Summarizing
  • Listing of material
  • Labour units and extension
  • Summarizing:
    • Material pricing
    • Labour cost, development, how to use and adjust
    • Non-productive labour
    • Job expenses
    • Mark-up and profit
    • Job closing
    • Sales techniques
Course Materials (provided):
  • Suderman Estimating Systems Labour Manual
  • Scale, highlighters and mechanical pencil
  • A binder with drawings, specifications and work sheets for five takeoffs
    Additional information relating to estimating


John F. Wiesel

President, Suderman Estimating Systems Inc

John F. Wiesel has been estimating and teaching estimating since the early 1980s. With 45 years of experience in the electrical industry – from journeyman, foreman, project manager, estimator, designer, sales to vice president of a major electrical mechanical firm – he is a qualified international construction consultant with a broad knowledge base.

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Cancellation Policy


Fees will be collected at the time of registration. Should it be necessary to cancel your attendance, please contact ECABC at any time up to four (4) weeks prior to the course start date for a full refund. A cancellation from two (2) weeks to four (4) weeks will result in a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations less than 10 business days prior to the scheduled start date. Participant substitutions may be made up to two (2) days before the course start date, at no additional fee.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR COMBO PURCHASE: As Course 2 is considered an extension of Course 1, the aforementioned cancellation policy is in effect as in relation to the Course 1 start date. Any exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of the ECABC President and course instructor.

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