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Free TAFE course leads Luci to a promising building and construction career

Building-and-Construction-Article-Photo.jpgA Free TAFE course paved the way for Luci Nguyen to start a career as a Production Estimator in the building and construction industry.

Luci studied the CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building), where she learned management and administration skills suitable for work on residential, industrial and commercial projects.

"Holmesglen’s teachers were really open about their experiences and the course gave me clarity about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go,” Luci says.

What does a Production Estimator do?

A Production Estimator is important to a building and construction project. They complete various logistical roles, provide technical and administrative support to construction teams and liaise with clients.

Luci’s day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • undertaking cost reviews
  • raising purchase orders

  • completing quantity take-offs, which is using project plans to see what materials the construction team will need.

What qualities does a Production Estimator need?

Luci developed her work-related and ‘soft’ skills during her diploma. She says building and construction workers should have:

  • strong communication, as you need to be able to communicate with trades workers, office colleagues and external clients

  • good time management skills and work ethic

  • attention to detail, when reading drawings or selecting materials

  • a detailed understanding of codes and standards and terminology.

The CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) supports a student’s knowledge in these areas and provides further insights. These include how to apply codes and standards to construction processes, read plans and manage project quality.

"I became fluent in reading architectural plans and using systems like Excel, but in a way that benefits the work I’m doing,” Luci explains.

Our Skills and Jobs Centre can connect you with your career

Holmesglen’s Skills and Job Centre is a free service available to students, which can help you plan your career goals.

Personalised career support services include career counselling, skills assessment, training advice, consultations and free workshops.

Luci was introduced to the Skills and Job Centre during her diploma course. She accessed resume writing support and was helped with her job search, which secured her production estimator role. Her future career plans include to work as a senior estimator manager or contract admin manager.

Find out what study and career options are available to you at our building and construction courses page.
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