Estimating is the most important thing a contractor does - it is the operations backbone, determining which projects a company bids, which ones it gets to complete, and the potential profit in each job won.
That's why McCormick Systems - a leading vendor of estimating systems for electrical, mechanical, T&D, and automated building systems contractors - is focused on helping its customers, and has been since its 1979 founding.
In 2013, the company has added something new: Online Training. McCormick's skilled trainers create sessions customized to each customer's specific needs - and teach them via online connections. A customer company can have a single session or opt for several, (sessions are typically two hours long) - and can have from one to ten attendees on its end.
"We've had our own product database for many years, and we needed to update it - to take advantage of real-time pricing options offered by Trade Service and distributors," said Mike Huskey, chief estimator for Tri-City Electric (Davenport, IA).
"We needed some help from McCormick in learning how to accomplish this. We told them what we needed. They taught two of us - online - in 3 two-hour sessions."
McCormick's other educational offerings include
•Standard and Advanced courses (taught in AZ and MD);
•By-Hand Estimating courses (the basics, taught with pencil and paper);
•customized "On-Site" training (trainers travel to a customer facility);
•videos on YouTube.com (McCormick's channel is:
•Written tutorials included in the materials sent to customers.
"We will maintain our scheduled training classes, as we always have." explained Todd McCormick, company president. "Now, if a given contractor needs help with a specific facet of our system, they can get it - without needing to send someone our way, and avoiding the expense of sending our trainer on the road. We can orient the training to the customer's precise needs and deliver it quickly."
About McCormick Systems
Privately owned McCormick Systems (Chandler, AZ) is the nation's leader in software used for electrical and ABS estimating and project management. The company's products enable contractors to quickly produce consistent, profitable estimates for electrical and voice-data-video work, and more.
More information: www.mccormicksys.com or 800-444-4890.