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Estimator - Commercial and Residential

Seeking Experienced Builder/Framer for Office Position

About Carter Lumber

Headquartered at 601 Tallmadge Rd. Kent, OH, The Carter Lumber Company was founded in 1932 by W.E. Carter, along with T. Neil Jones, as the Carter Jones Lumber Company.

During our company’s growth, Carter Lumber has maintained hometown values by continuing to operate on the founding principles set down by W.E. Carter: There is nothing more important than hard work, dedication and customer service. Today Carter Lumber remains committed to this philosophy.

Carter Lumber is one of the nation’s top building materials retailers with 146 locations in 12 states. More than just a lumberyard, the Carter Lumber family of companies is dedicated to providing builders and do-it-yourselfers with a broad range of quality building materials and exceptional customer service.

At Carter Lumber our mission is to be the #1 Lumber and Building Materials Supplier in every market we service.


Job Description

Carter Lumber Commercial/Residential Estimators perform material take-offs on residential and commercial buildings. A typical building estimate involves reading Plans and Specifications with the assistance of estimating software to measure and calculate the materials for Carter Lumber’s Outside Sales Representatives to price.  Experience in the building industry is important in the plans and details with Carter salesmen and their builders.

This position is a full-time corporate office position located at 601 Tallmadge Rd. Kent, OH.   Carter Lumber values your experience as a builder and will provide software and computer training to help you transition into a valuable part of our estimating team.


 Qualifications for the Position:

  • Skilled in reading residential and light commercial blueprints and specifications
  • Good working knowledge of wood frame construction
  • Familiar with Pole Building construction
  • Comfortable 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
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office including Word, and Outlook (email and calendar)
    • Software training will be provided for Planswift and Professional Estimator. Experience a definite plus.  

Duties of the Position:


  • Perform material take-offs for residential and commercial designs in a timely manner.  
  • Review construction documents and understand material to bid.  
  • Review and fix potential inaccuracies in material lists.

Field Support

  • Work directly with the outside sales representatives to produce an accurate list of materials. 
  • Follow up with the status of take-offs to build relationships with our salesman and their customers

Benefits Provided (full-time employees):

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