VDC Engineer Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

What Does a VDC Engineer Do?

Virtual design and construction (VDC) engineers manage the planning, visualization, and computer modeling of building projects. They work closely with BIM modelers, architects, and clients to create a cohesive construction plan. VDC engineers need to have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, along with technical expertise and artistic ability.

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National Average Salary

VDC engineer 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 VDC Engineer is:

$88,950

VDC Engineer Job Descriptions

Example 1

Qualifications

  • Understand building construction and/or architecture
  • Have on the job or class experience with BIM software programs and technology
  • Thrive in a team environment both contributing to larger projects and producing independent work
  • Have an innately curious, forward-thinking personality to be push innovative ideas in all aspects of daily tasks

Typical daily tasks include creating modeled visualizations for site logistics, safety concerns, building sequencing, scheduling, and VR experiences.

Education and experience

  • Bachelor degree with preference given to Architecture, Civil Engineering, or Construction Management related degrees or Associate degree in a VDC/BIM technical concentration with 2-4 years of experiency
  • VDC/BIM tool knowledge & proficiency

Software skills required

  • General Computing Skills
  • SketchUp
  • CAD
  • Revit

Software skills preferred

  • Coding
  • Unity
  • Unreal Engine
  • Assemble
  • Synchro
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • 3ds Max
  • Lumion

Example 2

Bring your implementation, architectural, and construction management mastery to work for an industry leader.

Duties

  • Work on the project management of VDC/BIM projects across the VDC spectrum
  • Serve as the interface to clients and cultivate client relationships. Present work to the client. Conduct and/or actively participate in meetings with the client
  • Identify opportunities for efficiency improvements. Enhance VIATechnik’s goal of continuous improvement within our company, for our clients, and for the industry
  • Coordinate and lead interesting digital model creation efforts globally for large GC coordination projects
  • Contribute to our culture of professional development and knowledge sharing by participating in and leading training efforts

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or similar
  • Interest in or up to 3 years of experience providing implementation, training, and support in BIM and VDC
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Knowledge of primary building systems – foundations, primary building structure and walls, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, fire protection, specialty systems, conveying systems and interior finishes, and the sequence of assembly of each
  • A knack for managing multiple simultaneous projects requiring frequent communication, organization, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Capability to read and interpret construction contracts
  • Availability to work hybrid out of one of our offices

Preferred qualifications

  • A background working for a general contractor, especially in a VDC capacity
  • Experience in combining and coordinating BIM updates, running clash detection on revised components and communicating results to internal and external stakeholders
  • Understanding of leading online meetings and training sessions across remote project teams using platforms such as Asana
  • Ability to create and manage complex commercial and industrial design projects within Revit, Navisworks, BIM360, AutoCAD, and other supporting programs
  • Familiarity with managing BIM and VDC across the project lifecycle including operations and facilities management
  • A track record of effectively working with and/or managing teams remotely
  • Aptitude for working effectively in an extremely fast-paced, ambiguous environment
  • Proactive and flexible attitude, willingness to take an “all hands on deck” approach

Example 3

The VDC Engineer’s primary responsibility is to develop 3D models used for proposal graphics and animations needed to construct large bridges, tunnels, highway interchanges, power plants, and other infrastructure systems.

Role responsibilities

  • Effectively communicate with project teams, construction contractors, and others as applicable and necessary
  • Effectively utilize computer design and drafting software, and 3D Modeling/BIM software to produce construction drawings, and construction coordination modeling
  • Collaborate with project teams to analyze constructability, build construction sequence animations, and help to create 4D/5D and 6D models for some of the largest civil and infrastructure projects across the United States
  • Support all design disciplines (architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering)
  • Provide timely services that meet the needs of clients and the overall project schedule requirements

Qualifications

  • Ability to independently calculate quantities
  • Ability to independently generate 3D models
  • Have a strong working knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Knowledge of general construction, Roadway, Paving, Bridges, Drainage, etc.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to perform quickly and effectively under pressure and deadlines
  • Demonstrate a high standard of professionalism, client focus/customer service, and ownership/responsibility
  • Demonstrates proficiency of MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Functions effectively as part of a team
  • Dependability
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Must be well organized
  • Ability to multitask, work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to quickly learn and run new software and updated programs
  • 2-5 years of experience with 3/D Modeling/ BIM software
  • Bachelors degree in Engineering or Architecture preferred, but not required

How to Hire a VDC Engineer

Consider the following when hiring a VDC engineer:

  • Recruiting: Do you have the internal resources and tools to source and recruit for this role successfully?
  • Complexity: Do you need a senior professional, or will mid, or even junior-level skills suffice?
  • Duration: Is this a one-time project, or an indefinite need?
  • Management: Can you effectively direct the work effort?
  • Urgency: Are there any deadlines associated with this need?
  • 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, various great options exist for every scenario, no matter how unique. We recommend the following options when hiring a VDC engineer:

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
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2. Advertise your 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

There are many career sites out there. Here are the two we recommend for a VDC engineer opening:

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social network for job seekers, professionals, and businesses. With this popular job site, you can enhance your brand and advertise your open position to a wide audience of motivated, qualified candidates. Job postings on LinkedIn are also extremely streamlined and user-friendly, making it even easier for candidates to apply. Additionally, applicants can use their LinkedIn profile instead of a resume to expedite the process. 

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CareerBuilder

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.

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3. 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 tell me about a time you noticed a small problem that others had missed?
  • What qualities does a VDC engineer have?
  • Where do you see your career heading in the next five years?
  • As a VDC engineer, you will be working with architects, builders, and other engineers. How do you feel about working with people across multiple professions?
  • What do you like about VDC engineering?
  • What do you not like about VDC engineering?
  • Tell me about your favorite programs and software to use.
  • What is your favorite project you have worked on?
  • What challenges do you expect as a VDC engineer?
  • Tell me about a time where your actions didn’t line up with your core values.
  • What is your ideal workspace environment?
  • What are the strengths that will help you in your work as a VDC engineer?
  • Describe a time you showed leadership skills at work.
  • Tell me about a time you made a mistake. How did you handle it? 
  • How do you stay current with new technology?
  • Describe a time you received criticism from your supervisor. How did you respond to it? 
  • What processes do you follow to catch mistakes in your work?

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