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BIM technician

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.

Average salary*

£20000

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£50000

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 Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

University

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. 

Apprenticeship

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:

  • Up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths (intermediate apprenticeship)
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths (advanced apprenticeship).

  • Find an apprenticeship near you
  • Guide to apprenticeships

Work

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

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.

Skills

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a BIM technician include:

  • Persistence and determination
  • Ability to use your initiative
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Be flexible and open to change
  • Have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.

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: 

  • Taking information from multiple plans and incorporating them into a single computer model which can be used to build and maintain a structure
  • Liaising with design teams, clients, architects, surveyors, engineers and project managers
  • Assisting engineers and senior managers with drawings and blueprints
  • Producing structural models, drawings and schedules using computer programmes and BIM
  • Presenting your designs and making amends based on feedback or prototype testing
  • Designing technical solutions for buildings and other structures
  • Ensuring plans are accurate and easy to interpret
  • Working in an office.

How much could you earn as a BIM technician?

The expected salary for a BIM technician varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained BIM technicians can earn in the region of £25,000-£35,000
  • Trained with experience BIM technicians can earn in the region of £32,000-£45,000
  • Senior, chartered or master BIM technicians can earn in the region of £45,000-£50,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


Jobs

Check out the latest BIM Technician vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress from a technician to a BIM coordinator, BIM manager, or design manager and earn a higher salary.

Progression Opportunities

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