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Your guide to become a Quantity Surveyor in Malaysia

Average Salary

RM 2,200 - 3,500

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Who is a Quantity Surveyor?

A Quantity Surveyor is a professional who calculates the amount of materials needed for building work, providing quality assurance to meet building regulations, calculate costs of each project and ensuring the design is practical and functional.

Quantity Surveyors also give advice on the cost of programmes as well as the best technology and procurement routes to use. They usually work in offices and in certain instances, they visit building sites, clients and meet the construction team. Their hard work is visible through the long-lasting buildings, transportation systems and other construction works. Their tasks includes preparing cost estimates and plans, auditing projects, managing costs and administering contracts, for all levels...

Quantity Surveyors also give advice on the cost of programmes as well as the best technology and procurement routes to use. They usually work in offices and in certain instances, they visit building sites, clients and meet the construction team. Their hard work is visible through the long-lasting buildings, transportation systems and other construction works. Their tasks includes preparing cost estimates and plans, auditing projects, managing costs and administering contracts, for all levels and types of construction.

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The pros and cons of being a Quantity Surveyor:

Pros

Never a dull day since the job enables you to work both indoors and outdoors

Healthy employment growth and good salary

Cons

Work can be physically demanding as the job might include heavy lifting and standing or walking for long periods

Job can keep you away from family as it may require you to relocate near the worksite

What are all the responsibilities of a Quantity Surveyor ?

Prepare documents such as bills and tenders

Estimate the costs of repairs and maintenance

Establish customer’s requirements and conduct feasibility studies

Assess the risks involved in the project

Develop plans to counteract risks

Write progress reports

Estimate the value of completed work and preparing payments

Meet health and safety standards at the site

What skills do you need to become a Quantity Surveyor?

Good in calculations

The ingredients, the service, machine rental, manpower, you name it all. Bringing all of these together add up to an amount and you have to be good in calculating it while estimating the total cost. Miscalculations will bring many shortcomings to your project and you wouldn’t want that to ever happen because it will affect the progress of your project significantly.

Think practically and logically

Certain materials are fancy and looks good but it can also cost a fortune. As a Quantity Surveyor, you will need to go for the best option in the cheapest price. Though some materials are lavish, but you will need to keep a look out for your client’s wallet.

Knowledge of construction work, processes and legal matters

Besides handling the construction, Quantitative Surveyors act as the advisor for the client in terms of everything regarding the legal matters and processes. This is due to the fact that they know the best about these Government regulations and about the dos and don’ts when it comes to buildings.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Quantity Surveyor?

What are the requirements to be a Quantity Surveyor?

You do not necessarily have to study Quantity Surveying. A degree in a relevant field such as building or construction, civil or structural engineering, economics, geography, mathematics, urban and land studies may also land you a job in this sector.

What are the working hours of a Quantity Surveyor?

If you work as a contractor, you would need to work from 7.30am to 6pm. Working under a private company or the government would mean you would work from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Sometimes you would need to work on weekends to meet tight deadlines.

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