BIM (Building Information Modelling) technicians use computer technology to pull all the information about a construction project into one design.
As a BIM technician, you’d use CAD (Computer-Aided Design) programmes to accurately model a project in multiple dimensions.
As well as detailing architectural plans, components, materials and build procedures, you’ll include information about how the structure will operate and be maintained.
How to become a BIM technician
There are several routes to becoming a BIM technician. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a university course or an apprenticeship.
You should explore these options to find out which is the right one for you.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could study for an undergraduate degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant subject such as architecture, construction, product design or architectural technology.
During your studies, you will learn how to use design software such as Autodesk Revit, Microstation or AutoCAD Civil 3D.
Afterwards, you may be able to join a company’s graduate trainee scheme as a junior technician.
You’ll generally need 2 - 3 A levels (or equivalent) for a degree.
College / training provider
Your local college or training provider may offer courses in computer-aided design which will start you on your career path as a BIM technician.
You could study for a Level 2 certificate in CAD and Manufacturing or a Level 3 Diploma in Design and Draughting.
For these courses, you’ll generally need 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and computing.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16.
As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in engineering, manufacturing or construction, or any apprenticeship which includes CAD design.
You’ll need :
If you already have experience of CAD or other suitable qualifications you may apply to companies directly for a job. Many construction companies will offer training in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in construction.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a BIM technician include :
What does a BIM technician do?
As a BIM technician, you will be responsible for running a project runs to meet the specifications required. This involves producing technical drawings and models.
The job role of a BIM technician involves the following duties :
How much could you earn as a BIM technician?
The expected salary for a BIM technician varies as you become more experienced.
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.