BIM Technician

ONLINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Digital School is leading the way in ensuring our graduates are well versed in Building Information Modeling (BIM), and virtual design, bringing disciplines together to communicate needs and changes as seamlessly as possible, making every project run more efficiently and cost-effective.

BIM Technicians work directly with designers, project managers, and engineers to translate a concept into technical drawings and BIMs that construction workers can build into a reality. Your career in design will support the entire building lifecycle including the concept / design, construction, and operations / maintenance phases.

PROGRAM AVAILABLE AS PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In just six to twelve months, Digital School’s comprehensive program equips you with the creative and applied skills you need to transform your career in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry:

  • Utilize rapidly advancing BIM software such as Revit, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Navisworks, FormIt, BIM360, and more for multidisciplinary design projects
  • Understand BIM concepts, technologies, processes, and application throughout the building lifecycle
  • Learn and apply 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills
  • Apply the practices and procedures of surveying, including developing plans, cross-sectional views, and contour maps
  • Produce and modify 3D models from sketches, mark-ups and designs as required by the project team
  • Understand the needs and requirements of various BIM stakeholders including architects, contractors, the owners team, and MEP & structural engineers

CAREER PATHS

Students who earn the BIM Technician Certificate can choose from a variety of career paths. Professional architects, engineers, project managers and technologists rely on skilled technicians to help them produce and communicate design data in a range of work environments, including:

  • Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Firms
  • BIM and CAD Specific Workgroups
  • Homebuilders
  • Engineering Consultants (Municipal, Provincial and Federal)
  • Facilities Management Companies

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Full-Time: 6 Months / Part-Time: 1 Year

BIM Essentials

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an organizational, philosophical, and strategic change that is often confusing to staff. BIM is not a software, though it is enabled by software. BIM is not a tool, though tools exist. BIM is not even a methodology in the true sense of the word. BIM is philosophy. How BIM is embraced within a firm is largely left up to those interpreting this philosophy into practice. Adding to traditional AEC practices, BIM enhances the engineering process by adding the dimensions of time, cost, spatial relationships, green needs, usability, and even the manufacture of component parts. BIM requires enormous data intensity and a devout adoption of new communication practices across a firm and its partners. The Global eTraining BIM library is designed to educate in all aspects of BIM including practices in various disciplines and job functions.

AutoCAD 2D Drafting and Annotation

An introduction to the fundamentals of computer-aided drafting techniques and practices prepares students for the workplace. The students will be introduced to the AutoCAD program and will acquire proficiency in creating, modifying, and manipulating entities that form technical drawings.

AutoCAD 3D Modeling

AutoCAD 3D Modeling is designed to give you a solid understanding of AutoCAD features and capabilities. Autodesk AutoCAD is a powerful CAD software helping professionals create 3D models faster and with more precision. Its simplified 3D modeling allows teams work more efficiently by sharing models across connected desktop, cloud, and mobile solutions.

Inventor Essentials

Inventor Essentials is designed to give you a solid understanding of Inventor features and capabilities from the basics through to advanced and complex 3D modeling components.  You'll follow a workflow-based approach, creating 2D drawings from 3D data, modeling parts, combining parts into assemblies, annotating drawings, using advanced assembly tools, working with sheet metal, plastic parts, and simulation.  Inventor is a parametric CAD software that offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation. Digital Prototyping with Inventor helps you design and validate your products before they are built - to deliver better products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster.

Civil 3D Essentials

This course is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of Civil 3D, its features and capabilities, from the basics through to the most advanced and complex topics. This course covers Working with points, Alignments, Pipe Networks, and Pressure Networks.

Revit Architecture Essentials

Students will learn the fundamental principles of BIM, 3D parametric design and modeling using Revit Architecture. Each lessons contains hands-on exercises that follow the design process/workflow all the way through creating construction documents. Lessons introduce each of the functional areas of Revit Architecture and demonstrate the recommended workflows and techniques for capturing design intent while creating and presenting digital models.

Drawing Techniques and Theory (FormIt)

In this course, the concepts of spatial relationships of points, lines, and planes are discovered as they apply to technical drawing views. The coursework focuses on drawing conventions and procedures used in the preparation of technical drawings. Principles are identified to draw orthographically, creating multi-views, axonometric (isometrics), sections and auxiliary views in the 3rd angle projection. The ability to draw complete drawings using accepted line work, lettering, layout, and dimensioning techniques, while adhering to a technical drafting standard will provide the student with the context for all drawings used in the architectural and engineering disciplines.

Perspective views will also be manually created, sketching 3D models from SketchUp library samples, and using a BIM conceptual modeling tool: FormIt 360 (online) and FormIt 360 PRO (desktop) programs which will make a smooth transition to REVIT.

Computer Applications

Word 2019 Essentials
In this course, Word 2019 Essentials, you will learn foundational knowledge of the Word interface and settings.  First, you will learn how to create and navigate through a document.  Next, you will discover how to work with text, tables, and lists.  Finally, you will explore how to insert and manipulate graphic elements.

Word 2019 Pro
In this course, Word 2019 Pro, you will learn about fields, styles, and advanced management.  First, you will learn how to work with fields, create styles and custom style sets and themes.  Next, you will learn more about managing documents and templates and automating Word elements and tasks.  Finally, you will learn about advanced editing and formatting.

Excel 2019 Essentials
In this course, Excel 2019 Essentials, you will learn foundational knowledge of the Excel interface and settings.  First, you will learn how to work with the Ribbon interface and Backstage View.  Next, you will discover how to work with worksheets, cells, columns, and rows.  Finally, you will explore how to use formatting and Auto options, as well as how to save your file.

Excel 2019 Power Users
Learn more advanced aspects of Excel 2019. In this course, Excel 2019 Power Users, you will take your knowledge to the next level.  First, you will learn how to format cells with borders, styles, shapes and more.  Next, you’ll learn how to work with workbooks, worksheets, and data.  Then you’ll learn more about printing workbooks (in whole or parts).  Finally, you’ll learn about table and a few advanced functions.

Excel 2019 Pro
In this course, Excel 2019 Pro, you will take your knowledge to the ultimate level. First, you will learn how to format and work with data. Then you’ll learn about queries, text/logical/statistical and other functions. Finally, you’ll learn conditional formatting, charts, pivot tables, macros, and form controls.

PowerPoint 2019 Essentials
In this course, PowerPoint 2019 Essentials, you will learn foundational knowledge of the PowerPoint interface and settings.  First, you will learn how to navigate through a presentation using the Ribbon and Backstage View.  Next, you will discover how to create presentations and work with slides, add text and use pictures.  Finally, you will prepare to run a presentation.

PowerPoint 2019 Power Users
In this course, PowerPoint 2019 Power Users, you will build upon your foundational knowledge of the PowerPoint interface and settings.  First, you will learn how to work with text, shapes, images, and objects.  Next, you learn how to insert and format tables and charts.  Finally, you will learn about printing presentations, creating custom slide shows and animations

PowerPoint 2019 Pro
In this course, PowerPoint 2019 Pro, you will build upon your already mature understanding of the PowerPoint interface and settings. First, you will learn how to work with document outlines and use morph transitions. Next, you learn how to work with slide masters, SmartArt graphics and media. Finally, you will learn how to combine presentations, inspect, and review a presentation and deliver your presentation to an audience.

Architectural Drawings and Details

A professional set of architectural drawings will be created in this course.  Through hands on experience and instructor guidance the students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the AutoCAD program as they develop a working set of architectural drawings for a residential application.  This course will give the students an opportunity to design and create an original set of architectural drawings.

Construction Materials and Methods

This course examines the products, materials and methods that are used in construction projects. The CSI specification form that emulates the order, in which construction occurs, will be introduced. Students will discover and select the specific materials and methods of assembly as used in the construction of buildings, structures and industrial projects.

Technical Communication

The creation of technical documentation commonly associated in the workplace is discovered as students prepare to interact with others in a designing environment. Document content, organization, style, and the use of visuals are utilized in the preparation of technical documents such as: letters, memos, e-mail, personal resumes and short reports.

Technical Specifications and Documents

The specifications for the construction of architectural projects will be discovered and applied to the Construction Specifications Institute-CSI format.  Students will develop their knowledge and skills regarding creating and understanding specifications, drawings, and contracts as legal documents. Building Information Modeling concepts and applications will be explored.

Technical Mathematics 1

Technical Mathematics I focus on creating a fundamental basis of mathematics for technical issues one might typically face in the field or on the job. By joining this course, you will explore the basic concepts of Mathematics to create that foundation, and later build on it with higher concepts. By the end of this course, students will have a solid understanding of arithmetic with numbers, introductory algebra, graphing, plane and solid geometry, and right triangle trigonometry.

Technical Mathematics 2

Technical Mathematics II focuses on building upon the fundamental basis of mathematics for technical issues. By joining this course, you will explore the based-to-intermediate concepts of Mathematics to create that foundation, and later build on it with more complex concepts. By the end of this course, students will have a solid understanding of determining algebraic fractions, working with systems of linear equations, using exponents and radicals, reviewing oblique triangles and so much more.

This course is designed for people who have a basic understanding of Mathematics, those that have been out of school for some time, or otherwise as a refresher for common Mathematics practices.

Total Leadership Library

In this changing industry, having the right technical skills is just not enough! As collaborative project delivery methods are being used more and more, great people skills are critical to the success of projects and companies. Set yourself and your organization apart from the competition by improving your emotional intelligence and leadership skills.

Library includes the following courses:

  • Emotional Intelligence in the AEC Industry
  • Creating a Positive Emotional Experience
  • How to Motivate Your People
  • Increase Your Presentation Skills
  • 12 Steps to Great Relationships
  • Innovation, Creativity, and Problem Solving
  • Stress Management for Peak Performance
  • Primal Safety: A Gut Level Approach
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the AEC Industry
  • Killer Communication Skills
  • Time Management and the Use of Lean Principles
  • How to Attract & Retain the Best People
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ANTICIPATED AVERAGE SALARY

$57,924 /yr

(From PayScale Canada)

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Standard Admission Students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Alberta high school diploma, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent. OR Successful completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.).
  2. And successful completion of Digital School Admissions interview.

OR

Mature Admission Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Out of school for two years.
  2. Successful result on the Digital School Entrance Examination.
  3. Successful completion of the Digital School Admissions interview.
  4. A minimum score of 303 in the verbal skills portion and 294 in the quantitative skills portion of the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam. (Grade 12 equivalent)
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CREDENTIALS

Upon successful completion of all courses within the program, graduates will be awarded a Digital School BIM Technician Certificate.

Upon completion of BIM courses within your BIM Technician Certificate program, you will be eligible to receive a Level 1 certification from Building Transformation (formerly CanBIM).

91% EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR GRADUATES

We focus specifically on the skills, tools, and experience you need to find a successful career. On average, 91% of our graduates find employment within 3 months of graduating.

WHY DIGITAL SCHOOL

Start Right Away!

No need to wait until September or the next term. With continuous, flexible intakes, students are able to begin when it works best for them!

Graduate Faster

Our online programs are offered at an accelerated pace, which allows you to graduate faster than traditional colleges or universities.

Industry Certification

Earn industry-recognized course completion certificates for Autodesk software skills, get Autodesk Certified when you take a certification exam and become eligible for Building Transformations Foundation Certification upon completion of BIM courses.

Leader in BIM Training

Digital School is leading the way in ensuring our graduates are well versed in Building Information Modeling (BIM), transitioning from computer-aided design (CAD) to BIM, giving students the critical skills they need for the real world.

Autodesk Certified Instructors

Our certified instructors have the Autodesk product knowledge and industry skills to meet the highest education standards and subject matter expertise in an instructional setting.

Global eTraining Access

Digital School students get a one-year subscription to the award-winning, Global eTraining ‘GeT Everything’ library! This means that in addition to the required courses as part of your program, you can access training for any other Autodesk or AEC software you like.

Career Services

The Student Support Services’ goal is to support you in meeting your personal, academic, and career objectives to help you to make the most of your college experience.

Job Placement

Digital School offers assistance to current students and recent graduates with finding employment through recruitment and networking events, job boards, and our network of local employers.

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TRAIN WITH PROFESSIONAL SOFTWARE

Digital School students get access to Autodesk design software, creativity apps, and learning resources for FREE as part of their programs. It's not some watered-down version. It's the same software use every day by professional designers, engineers, architects, and more. Office 365 software is also available for free to all students to install on their devices, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. This gives you the flexibility to create anywhere, at any time.

Digital School Technical Design College is an Autodesk Authorized Training Center

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Their teaching methods and the curriculum was a good fit because I was able to finish a BIM Technician program in one year. I excelled in my studies and finished as an Honours Graduate. After graduation, I immediately got job offers from three different companies. It is truly one of the best decisions I have ever made and I would highly recommend Digital School to my friends.

JON MALIWATDigital School Graduate

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