BIM ModelerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
A BIM modeler uses building information modeling software to create a three-dimensional visual plan for a project. Building information models are virtual files used to aid decision-making during the building process. BIM modelers work closely with architects and engineers to develop designs for clients. BIM modelers need to have excellent artistic, technical, and computer skills.
Sample job description #1
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
Sample job description #2
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
Sample job description #3
The BIM Modeler will provide modeling efforts for both project delivery and standards. This is a member of the production team that will create a majority 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
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a BIM modeler is $68,750 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
What does 5D mean?
Are you familiar with the process of using BIM software?
What BIM software are you most comfortable in, and which BIM software do you use?
Are you able to solve mathematical problems easily and efficiently?
Who should pay for the BIM model?
Are you able to communicate with architects and engineers well?
Are you familiar with the lingo used in the architecture field?
What are BIM models commonly used for?
If you were presented with a challenge in creating a BIM model, how would you solve it?
What relevant experience do you have with BIM modeling?
Do you have any certificates in the BIM modeling field?
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