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Estimator - Commercial and Residential

Carter Lumber Commercial/Residential Estimators perform material take-offs on residential and commercial buildings. A typical building estimate involves reading an on-screen building plan with its specifications, using Planswift and Professional Estimating software to measure and calculate the materials for Carter Lumber’s Outside Sales Representatives to price and source.  Effective communication with the field and internal departments are mandatory for the success of this position. 


Requirements to be Considered for the Position:

  • Skilled in reading both residential and light commercial blueprints and specifications
  • Good working knowledge of wood frame construction materials and methods
  • Familiar with Pole Building construction
  • Excellent communicator while talking with other estimators, builders and salesmen
  • Must be a self-starter, organized, and comfortable working within strict deadlines
  • Competency in basic mathematics and geometry
  • Comfortable with computers and receptive to learning new software
  • Experience in PlanSwift, Professional Estimator, Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook

Responsibilities of the Position:



  • Performs material take-offs for residential and commercial designs from a variety of blueprints in a timely manner.  
  • Reviews construction documents and understands material to bid.  
  • Reviews and fixes potential inaccuracies in material lists.

Field Support

  • Works directly with the outside sales representatives regarding all aspects of blueprints. 
  • Follows up with the status of take-offs and assists outside sales representatives in the selling of projects.

Benefits Provided (full-time employees):

  • Medical Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employer-matching 401(k) Plan
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