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Building information modelling (BIM) managers act as the intermediary between designers, clients and architects. As a BIM manager, you will oversee the production of detailed architectural plans, components and materials for construction projects.
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There are several routes to becoming a BIM manager. You could complete a university or college course, or an apprenticeship.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a BIM manager, you could study for an undergraduate degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant subject such as architecture, construction, product design, civil engineering or architectural technology.
During your studies, you will learn how to use design software such as Autodesk Revit, MicroStation or Autodesk 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 computer-aided design which will start you on your career path to becoming a BIM manager.
You could study for a Level 2 certificate in CAD and Manufacturing or a Level 3 Diploma in Design and Draughting.
You could complete an apprenticeship to become a BIM manager. An apprenticeship with a construction company is a good way into the industry.
You could complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in engineering, manufacturing or construction, or any apprenticeship which includes CAD design.
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.
If you have some previous experience or relevant qualifications, you could apply directly to an employer for a job as a BIM technician. You could progress to become a BIM manager with further experience and training.
CAD (computer aided design) managers and professionals with at least 5 years’ experience of managing projects in the built environment may progress to become a BIM Manager if they have the required skills.
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 manager. 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 manager include:
As a BIM manager, you will be responsible for looking after a team to ensure that a project runs smoothly and to the specifications required. This involves working closely with BIM technicians who are responsible for producing technical drawings and models.
The role of a BIM manager involves the following duties:
Patrick Mitchell is Group BIM Lead for Robertson Partnership Homes.
The expected salary for a BIM manager 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
Check out the latest BIM manager vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
As a BIM manager, you could progress to become a CAD manager.
You may choose to progress into a more senior role and become a project manager or director.
Alternatively, you could set yourself up as a self-employed consultant.