What Does a BIM Modeler Do?
A BIM (Building Information Modeling) modeler is a professional who creates, manages, and maintains digital 3D models of buildings and other structures. These models contain detailed information about the building’s design, construction, and performance, and are used throughout the building’s life-cycle, from design and construction to operation and maintenance.
The main responsibilities of a BIM modeler include creating and maintaining 3D models using BIM software, collaborating with architects, engineers, and other members of the design and construction team, ensuring the models are accurate and meet project requirements, and using the models to identify and resolve conflicts or issues during the design phase. Additionally, they use BIM to support constructability reviews, quantity take-offs, cost estimating, facility management, and operations during the building’s lifecycle. They also ensure data integrity and consistency across different BIM models and disciplines and stay current on updates and advancements in BIM technology.
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National Average Salary
BIM modeler salaries vary by experience, industry, organization size, and geography. To explore salary ranges by local market, please visit our sister site zengig.com.
The average U.S. salary for a BIM Modeler is:
BIM Modeler Job Descriptions
It’s important to include the right content in your job description when hiring a BIM modeler. The following examples can serve as templates for attracting the best available talent for your team.
[Your Company Name] needs a new BIM (business information modeling) modeler! Expert knowledge of BIM and mockup software is required, as well as an understanding of engineering and architecture. You will be required to work closely with our lead architect and engineer, modeling and presenting the concepts requested by these team members. The ideal candidate has previous experience in this field as well as good communication ability. You must be able to determine elements and scale, and properly meet deadlines. The candidate must have good attention to detail and be extremely knowledgeable in mathematics and design aspects as well. If this position sounds like it is potentially relevant to your skillset, please consider applying!
Typical duties and responsibilities
- Collaborate with architects and engineers on projects
- Determine the proper elements and scale for buildings
- Meet deadlines
Education and experience
BIM modelers need to earn a high school diploma or equivalent, preferably with classes in math, science, design, and computer graphics. Graduates typically continue their education by earning an associate degree from a community college or a certificate from a technical school. Professional certification also is available.
Required skills and qualifications
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills
- Time-management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
- Ability to understand technical drawings and plans
- Advanced math and computer skills
- Creativity and artistic ability
- Keen attention to detail
- 4-7 years experience in architecture
- Advanced knowledge and proficiency using model authoring software such as Revit, SolidWorks, etc.
- Knowledge of advanced Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) methods
- Digital fabrication/CNC and/or robotics experience
- Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree
The BIM Modeler will work closely with our Project Management and Construction teams to utilize BIM modeling to create drawings that are of the highest level of detail and accuracy.
- Responsible for the day-to day planning and implanting of projects
- Manage and coordinate BIM standards development, implementation, and quality on all related files and models
- Provide CAD drafting/BIM modeling support
- Develop BIM plans and understand the scope of work for subcontractors
- Demonstrate a strong understanding of constructions workflow processes and priorities
- Ability to manage multiple ongoing and complex projects while being able to successfully meet the requirements
- Troubleshoot any BIM related issues
- Manage BIM project benchmarks to meet project deadlines
- Contribute to the documentation, dissemination and monitoring of standards, best practices, and industry advancements
- Partner with the field and prefab teams to create plans for the implementation of model-based prefabrication
- Minimum 2-4 years of experience in the construction industry or a Bachelor’s in Construction Management or engineering preferred
- Basic Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
- Understanding of Pre-Fab operations and how it relates to the construction process is ideal, but not required
Your typical day may look something like this
- Detailing of Shop & Fabrication Drawings for Sheet metal & Piping will be required
- Review Submittals, Specs & Drawings
- Attend Coordination Meetings
- Draw Revit Families as needed
- Draw in Fabrication Database
- Create Spool sheets &/or Duct Tickets for fabrication
- Setup of Revit views for use by the Project team including electronic document filing and all other facets of the electronic drawings and/or model
These are the skills we’re looking for
- Associates Degree in Engineering or Drafting (a plus, but not required)
- Proficiency with AutoCad Fabrication MEP & Revit software
- Prior field or CAD/BIM experience in pipe fitting, or sheet metal systems
- Through understanding of HVAC & piping systems
- Understanding of mechanical construction principals and processes
Example 4 (Junior)
The BIM Modeler will provide modeling efforts for both project delivery and standards. This is a production team member that will create most of the drawings for a project and may function as a Model Manager as determined by their supervisor. Skills obtained above and beyond the building elements would be creating simple parametric families, utilizing shared parameters, creating schedules, and creating complex geometry.
The position will need to efficiently model and document the project. Additional training provided as needed to teach family creation, schedules, filters, view templates, and other tools as required.
Further work includes working with the Model Manager in developing Revit Families either for the revised standards or for a specific project’s needs. They will also be required to perform layout and input of marked‐up drawings into Revit in accordance with REI Standards.
Essential duties and responsibilities
- Lead modeling efforts on projects working with junior level modelers to complete deliverables
- Setup of Revit views for use by the REI Project team including electronic document filing and all other facets of the electronic drawings and/or model
- Ability to create Revit work sets and understanding of Revit work sharing process
- Input of marked‐up drawings into Revit
- Creation of minor mark‐ups and input of same
- Fluency in the 2D and 3D space
- Understanding of 3D coordination with other trades
- Check own work for accuracy before passing on to others
- Prepare copies and help make sets of documents for transmittal to other parties
- Download drawings and information from the Web, SharePoint, or project websites (FTP, etc.)
- Must have solid working knowledge of the most current modeling applications software in use by REI, including being able to create and manipulate Revit families, views, browser structure, sheets, schedules, filters, and similar Revit functions
- Position requires a person with good interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate with others
- Ability to take verbal and general written direction well and turn that direction into appropriate, working design documents
- Ability to type, proofread, spell check work without supervision
- Ability to receive and transmit documents on behalf of the design team, either via posting to website or the Internet or via hard copy
- Fluency with all plotters, printers and reproduction systems used in house or on the job site
- Fluency for importing documents, such as spread sheets, photos, images, and word processing files into Revit projects
Education and experience
- Possess a minimum of 2 years of total experience with knowledge of electrical symbols and electrical drafting conventions and standards
Knowledge, skills, and ability
- Fluency in the current version of Revit software
- Fluency in reading 2D plans, electronically or hard copy
- Fluency in Autodesk Navis Works, Autodesk Design Review and working knowledge of 3D layout and design
- Able to generate e‐mail independently
- Documents and archives work pursuant with the REI standard
- Acknowledgement of any/all REI confidentially and/or Non‐Disclosure requirements pursuant to this position. The protection of Proprietary or Intellectual company property
- Proficient in using a computer and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.); Oracle preferred
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, changing priorities as necessary
- Ability to work under time pressure and adapt to changing requirements with a positive attitude
- Effective oral and written communication skills as required for the position
- Ability to be self-motivated, proactive and an effective team player
- Ability to interact effectively and professionally with all levels of employees, both management and staff alike, vendors, clients, and others
Candidate Certifications to Look For
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) Certificate Program. The building information modeling certificate program is a well-known certification offered by ASU which provides hands-on training and overviews of the latest and most advanced BIM modeling techniques and practices. This course provides information and training on how to use three major software programs which are relevant to the BIM modeling career.
- AGC Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM). The AGC Certificate of management-building information modeling is an assessment and test-based certification program, which provides an overview and comprehension test for BIM model professionals and can be extremely useful to candidates who wish to procure a BIM-related job or career.
How to Hire a BIM Modeler
There are a number of important initial considerations when hiring a BIM modeler:
- Recruiting: Do you have the knowledge, tools, and resources to attract and screen candidates?
- Complexity: Do you need a senior professional, or will mid or junior-level skills and experience suffice?
- Duration: Are you hiring for a project or an ongoing need?
- Urgency: How soon does the opening need to be filled? What happens while it remains open?
- Headcount: Do you have the budget and approval for an internal employee, or should you consider alternate options?
Answering these questions will help determine the best course of action for your current hiring need. Fortunately, great options exist for every scenario. These are our recommendations:
1. Use 4 Corner Resources (or another professional recruiting firm)
The heavy lifting is done for you when working with a top-tier staffing company like 4 Corner Resources. We source, screen, recruit, and deliver only the most qualified candidate(s), saving you significant time and effort throughout the hiring process while you remain focused on your core business. Understanding your needs and ensuring the right candidate for the position is the key to our success.
This is the best route to take when:
- You need to fill the position quickly
- You want access to a vast talent pool of high-quality, prescreened candidates
- Your position is suited for temporary hiring services, contract staffing, or contract-to-hire recruiting, and you intend to direct the work activity.
- You are hiring an employee as a direct placement but aren’t able to recruit effectively or efficiently with your internal staff.
- You aren’t familiar with current salary rates, market trends, and available skill sets
2. Hire an experienced freelancer
The freelance, or gig, economy continues to grow, with more talent available daily. Freelancers provide high-quality work without a long-term commitment. They can offer you a fresh perspective, more flexibility, and increase efficiency. While the freelance market isn’t ideal for every position, BIM modelers are often a great fit.
We recommend this option when:
- Your need is project-based
- The work can be performed remotely
- You do not intend to direct the daily work activity
- You are hiring for expertise your internal team does not possess
- You do not require an employee to work onsite or follow a specific schedule
We recommend using either Toptal, Upwork, or both.
Toptal is an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers in the world. Toptal vets its freelancers before making them accessible, ensuring their legitimacy. Top companies hire Toptal freelancers for their most important projects. Hiring a BIM modeler on Toptal can help you quickly get the results you need.
Upwork is a freelance talent network that helps individuals connect with experts in a variety of fields to accomplish project-based needs. When you have a specific, well-defined goal in mind, this can be a great path to hiring an experienced BIM modeler. If you are satisfied with the outcome you can continue to book the same freelancer through Upwork’s easy-to-use project interface.
3. Post the opening on a top job board
Your best option may be to advertise your opening on a proven job board. There are many widely used job sites out there that draw visits from qualified candidates. If you have someone internally who can dedicate the time and energy to sort through applications and screen individuals effectively, this can be a great choice.
We recommend using a job board when:
- Your internal recruiting team has the knowledge and experience to assess candidate qualifications
- You are hiring a direct employee and have time to manage the entire recruiting effort
- You have a process for receiving, screening, and tracking all resumes and applications
- You are prepared to respond to all applicants
We recommend using CareerBuilder when hiring a BIM modeler:
CareerBuilder has been a trusted source for hiring since 1995. Reach 80+ million unique, diverse U.S. job seekers annually by posting your jobs through their talent acquisition channels. Through CareerBuilder, you can engage candidates and drive them into your sourcing pipeline. We recommend using CareerBuilder for hiring when you have the internal resources and processes to review, screen, and reply to all applicants.
4. Leverage your internal resources
You can utilize your own website, social media, and employees to assist in your search for top candidates.
A company website posting should be the first step in notifying prospective candidates that you are hiring. Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your new opening. As far as exposure is concerned, this option can be as good as some job boards when you have a large enough following across various platforms, like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.
Current employees are every organization’s greatest asset. Encourage your internal team to promote job openings to their network by offering cash and other incentives.
We recommend these options when:
- Your brand has great name recognition
- You can consistently monitor and respond to candidate activity through your website and social media accounts
- You have a process in place to quickly and broadly communicate job openings and requirements
- You have an effective employee referral program in place
If you aren’t sure which path is best, schedule a discovery call today with our seasoned recruiting professionals. The 4 Corner team is on standby to help you find the best option for your unique hiring need.
Sample Interview Questions
- Can you explain your experience with BIM (Building Information Modeling) software and tools?
- How do you ensure the BIM models you create are accurate and meet project requirements?
- Can you give an example of a project where you used BIM to identify and resolve conflicts or issues during the design phase?
- How do you collaborate with other members of the design and construction team to ensure the BIM model is integrated into the overall project workflow?
- How do you stay current on updates and advancements in BIM technology?
- Can you describe a situation where you had to troubleshoot and resolve technical problems with a BIM model?
- How do you ensure data integrity and consistency across different BIM models and disciplines?
- Can you explain how you use BIM for constructability reviews, quantity take-offs, and cost estimating?
- How do you use BIM to support facility management and operations during the building’s lifecycle?
- Can you explain your experience with BIM standards, protocols and best practices?