Mechanical & Electrical Estimating - MEE

This two-day course teaches attendees how to prepare more accurate and complete mechanical/electrical estimates, avoiding the pitfalls of omission and double-counting, while understanding the composition and rationale within the Means Mechanical/Electrical database.

Today, 30 - 40% of a typical building's cost is for HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical work, which makes mechanical and electrical estimating the single most significant component of project costing. Complicating the challenge for the estimator is the unique way mechanical and electrical systems are interrelated, which frequently results either in omissions or double-counting.

This seminar is tailored to fit the needs of those seeking to develop or improve their skill and to have a better understanding of how M&E estimates are prepared during the conceptual, planning, budgeting and bidding stages. Attendees will learn how the Means Mechanical and Electrical data is generated and how to use it as a valuable adaptable tool. They will practice by preparing complete and thorough cost estimates for both trades. Targeting special estimating problems for mechanical and electrical construction for commercial, industrial and large multi-family applications, the seminar features order of magnitude, square foot, assemblies and unit price estimating. Class problems provide estimating practice in square and cubic foot and assemblies estimating including plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, and electrical with discussion of comparative cost analysis of equipment and design alternatives.

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Who should attend?
Architects, Engineers, Facilities Managers, Mechanical and Electrical Contractors... and others needing a highly reliable method for developing, understanding and evaluating mechanical and electrical contracts.

Course Outline
  • How to use Means Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Cost Data
  • Order of magnitude, square foot, assemblies and unit price estimating
  • How to analyze materials, labor, equipment, profit and overhead
  • How to use forms to organize and standardize for estimating accuracy and consistency
  • Cost and time saving techniques
  • How building codes relate to building requirements and can be used to supply data for budget preparation
  • How to estimate electrical load requirement and how to size and price electrical installations
  • How to uncover potential sources of errors in M&E quantity takeoffs

Materials Provided
Means Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Cost Data
Mechanical and Electrical Seminar Workbook