Certificate Program

BIM Technician

(Online or In-Class)

Design the future with BIM

Digital School is leading the way in ensuring our graduates are well versed in Building Information Modeling (BIM), which brings disciplines together to communicate needs and changes to each other 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 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.

The BIM Technician certificate is available in three delivery methods:

  • Full-time in-class program (6 months)
  • Full-time online program (6 months)
  • Part-time online program (12 months)

What will you 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

BIM Technician 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:

  • Engineering firms
  • Architectural offices
  • BIM and CAD specific workgroups
  • Homebuilders and construction companies
  • Engineering consultants (municipal, provincial and federal)

Digital School’s Admissions Advisors are available to meet with you one-on-one to assist you in planning your journey to a new career. They can provide you with all of the information on admission requirements, tuition fees, start dates, and funding applications, and will provide you with a free Career Consultation to help you select the training path for a career that is right for you.

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Anticipated Yearly Salary

$42,000 - $84,000

(From PayScale Canada)

Embracing BIM for Education

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a 3D model-based process that gives design and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings. BIM is revolutionizing the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, a shift similar to the evolution from hand drafting to Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Governments around the world are mandating BIM processes for projects, and it is quickly becoming the standard for private architecture, engineering, and construction firms as they reap the benefits of communication, coordination, and collaboration with BIM.

Digital School is committed to exposing learners to the value of BIM and developing appropriate skills as they progress through our programs. We take this approach to ensure our graduates are successful in delivering the type of final output required of building owners, operators and AEC managers.

Embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Digital School is a difference maker. The instructors are very knowledgeable and the content is easy to learn while progressing at a manageable rate. Being a six month to a year program it gets you the hands on training for your new career fast. Being here has accelerated my career path.

Justin O'Connor, Digital School Graduate

Coming from the Philippines and newly settled in Edmonton, Digital School became one of the institutions that I have become to be fond of. All of the instructors and staff and even the students are very accommodating, friendly and approachable.

Denise Gama, Digital School Graduate

A compact program that equips you with the technical skills you need in the field. Brandon and Antonio are excellent instructors who are willing to go the extra mile to help when needed. Easy commute to the school from Spruce Grove with a bus stop across the street.

Paula Ollenberg, Digital School Graduate

My time at Digital School is well worth the money. I am learning a lot. The courses are designed in a practical way. The instructors are very knowledgeable. The atmosphere is great and the view is pretty good too!!

Todd Hollinger, Digital School Graduate

You want to secure your relevance in this new and ever changing world of technology? Digital School is the right place to be.

Ojo Gbadebo

Program Outline

Computer Applications

The fundamental ability of students to operate and work with a computer is experienced as various software programs are discovered. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and the Internet gradually builds as students discover how this software is utilized in the architectural and engineering workplace.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Library

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.

Courses included:

Technical Communication

The creation of technical documentation that is commonly associated with the workplace is discovered as students prepare to interact with others in the design office.  Document content, organization, style, and the use of visuals are utilized in the preparation of letters, memos, e-mail, personal resumes and short reports. Students will give oral presentations during the course in support of written communication.

Technical Mathematics 1

Technical mathematics will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling the students to solve technological problems.  The students will acquire knowledge in topics including Arithmetic of Numbers, introduction to Algebra, Plane & Solid Geometry and Right Triangle Trigonometric functions.

AutoCAD 2D and 3D Essentials

Design and shape the world around you with the powerful, connected design tools in Autodesk AutoCAD software, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D design applications. With robust 3D tools that can create almost any shape imaginable, AutoCAD helps you create stunning designs. It offers innovations that can help increase design efficiency and speed documentation, and enables you to more smoothly share designs with colleagues. Connect with the cloud to collaborate on designs and access them from your mobile device. With these capabilities and more, AutoCAD delivers the power and flexibility you need to take documentation and design further.

Autodesk Revit Architecture Essentials

Revit building design software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. Revit is a single application that includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction.

Revit Architecture software helps you capture and analyze design concepts, and accurately maintain coordinated design data through documentation and construction.

Drawing Techniques and Theory

In this course the concepts of spatial relationships of points, lines and planes are discovered as they apply to technical drawing views.  Students are required to solve spatial problems. Coursework focuses on drawing conventions and procedures used in the preparation of technical drawings.  The foundational principles are identified to draw orthographically created multi-views, and auxiliary views. Pictorial and perspective view creation will also be identified as applied to the drawings of architecture and engineering.  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.

AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials

AutoCAD Civil 3D supports BIM for civil engineering design and documentation for transportation, land development, and water and wastewater projects.

Architectural Drawings and Details 1

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.

Technical Mathematics 2

Technical mathematics will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling the students to solve technological problems.  The students will acquire knowledge in topics including trigonometric functions, vectors, triangle solutions, linear and quadratic equations.

Construction Materials and Methods

This course examines the products, materials and methods that are used in construction projects. The Construction Specifications Institute (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 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 in regards to creating and understanding specifications, drawings and contracts as legal documents.

Autodesk Inventor Essentials

Autodesk Inventor is a parametric CAD software 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.

Thought Patterns for a Successful Career

Thought Patterns for a Successful Career™ is an educational process designed to expose students to concepts that can significantly change their lives. It teaches persistence and high achievement skills, addressing issues such as returning to school as an adult, fear of success, managing personal challenges while attending school, and making a transition into a successful lifestyle following graduation.

The course is designed to improve the student’s learning experience and prepare him or her for personal and professional growth and success. The focus is on increasing the student’s self-discipline and self-esteem. The positive concepts taught in this course are intended to unleash the student’s potential for growth and creativity, resulting in personal and professional development. Humor and practical examples are used to target the primary concerns of adult students. In addition, written exercises, activities, and audiotapes provide understanding, acceptance, and reinforcement of the program material.

Next Start Date:

May 11, 2020

Start a new career in one year or less.

Why Choose Digital School?

Start Dates Every 6 Weeks

With continuous intakes, students can enroll and start every 6 weeks.

Blended Learning

Digital School’s students and faculty benefit from the blended learning experience of using both online resources and in-class, in-person instructions.

Small Class Sizes

Digital School has small class sizes to ensure you have enough time with the instructors and help with project work.

Job Placement Assistance

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.

On-site 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.

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 CanBIM Certification upon completion of BIM and Revit courses.

Autodesk Software for Free

Digital School students can get free Autodesk software that professional use for your personal devices. It's not some watered-down version, but the exact same software that professional designers, engineers, machinists, architects, builders, and construction managers use every day on the job.

Office 365 for Free

Digital School students are eligible to get Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams. It’s not a trial – but the full version for your personal devices.

Autodesk Certified Instructors

Autodesk Certified Instructors have demonstrated instructional and delivery skills. They have the product knowledge needed to meet industry standards and lead courses in instructional settings.

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