A BIM (Building Information Modelling) technician produces an accurate representation of the structure and functionality of a building project using specialist technology. They may also be known as Revit technicians.
You could be:
working alongside a team of professionals to produce technical drawings
meeting with clients to discuss requirements
working on small scale or large scale projects using 2D and 3D drawings
using specialist software such as Autodesk Revit and BIM to produce structural models and drawings
producing concise 2D drawings from a 3D model
pulling together multiple sets of drawings to produce one set of computer models
finding solutions to technical problems that may arise
making sure all documents are accurate and up to date.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries for newly trained BIM technicians is around £25,000 to £30,000 a year. With experience you can earn between £25,000 and £35,000 a year or more. BIM managers can earn up to £60,000.
You would spend most of your time sitting at a CAD workstation or computer.
You would work basic office hours but you may have to work overtime to meet deadlines.
Most entrants to this profession have a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) or degree. Suitable subjects include architecture, construction, civil/structural engineering or architectural technology.
Entry to these degrees normally requires 4 Highers. Higher Maths and a science subject may be necessary.
For entry onto an HND course you normally require 2 relevant Highers.
You must be experienced in relevant design software such as Autodesk Revit, Microstation 3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D.
BIM technicians usually work within architectural practices and construction companies.