Building Information Manager at Transport for London
How to become a BIM Manager?
To get started with a career in Building Information Modelling (BIM) you will need a strong interest in engineering, architecture or construction and computer modelling.
At school you will find it useful to study subjects related to maths, science, engineering ICT and Design…Engineer….Construct. BIM processes involve measurements and a wide range of software used for design and analysis of information – BIM can even involve 3D printing! As a result, you have to know your way around a calculator and be comfortable with picking up new technology. Though a role as a BIM Manager may focus on the business side rather than creating models yourself, you will be expected to have a solid knowledge of what goes into the creation process.
At any point from school onwards, you can aim to boost your skills and knowledge through volunteering and work experience. This can help you build skills like communication, leadership and negotiation which will be useful later on in a BIM management career. These skills can also be demonstrated to employers through all kinds of recreational activities like sport and can help you get your foot in the door with a first job or training opportunity.
You can also aim to build your practical and technical skills from school onwards, through network and research. You can research STEM networks and opportunities for young people via social media. You can aim to practise your skills on trial versions of relevant CAD (computer-aided design) software, too. Also, you can take part in STEM Clubs like the Design Engineer Construct (DEC) Challenges.
After school you can take on a degree course. University degrees related to engineering (e.g. civil engineering), architecture or construction will be especially relevant. Transport for London offer a range of graduate schemes where you can build on your degree knowledge with hands-on experience:
Alternatively, you can opt for earn-while-you-learn schemes like apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships – then you can increase your employability with experience and further training as required. An example route in might be to achieve an HNC/HND (or higher) in an area of construction like civil engineering, and then build on that with experience in an architectural, engineering or construction-based role such as:
- TfL Quantity Surveying Level 3 and 6 (degree apprenticeship)
- TfL Project Management apprenticeship Level 4
- TfL Project Planner apprenticeship Level 3
- TfL Civil Engineering apprenticeship Level 3
The TfL project planning apprenticeship will help you build your project planning and management skills, which will lead to a level 3 diploma and apprenticeship in management, as well associated membership of the Chartered Management Institute.
Early careers that can lead to a BIM management position include careers where you’ll have hands-on experience of CAD (computer-aided design), including civil engineering careers.