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BIM (Building Information Modelling) coordinators are responsible for digital processes associated with the design and construction stages of a project. They ensure 3D models, drawings and structural data are hosted in one, accessible place and deliver project information model to clients.
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There are several routes to becoming a BIM coordinator. 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 Construction Skills Certification Scheme (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 BIM management, 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.
Your local college or training provider may offer courses in BIM management which will start you on your career path as a BIM coordinator.
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.
You could complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in engineering, manufacturing or construction, or any apprenticeship which includes BIM coordination and management.
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.
If you already have experience of BIM 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 as a BIM coordinator. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which will benefit anyone considering a job as a BIM coordinator include:
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:
The expected salary for a BIM coordinator varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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With experience, you could progress to a role as BIM manager and earn a higher salary.