Trainee and Junior Revit/CAD roles provide great entry-level positions for those seeking to develop their skills and progress through training and support within the workplace.
If you are wondering what a Trainee Revit Technician does and whether it is the right role for you, we hope you will find the following information helpful. These insights are provided by Charlie White, a Trainee Revit Technician who has been working with our engineering team for the past 2 years.
I’ve always had an interest in understanding how things work, and I followed this up in the digital world by studying programming. However, I remained intrigued about how our physical infrastructure worked and how it was put together. This interest, coupled with my computer literacy, led me towards pursuing a career as a Trainee Revit Technician.
My role at Gyoury Self involves working alongside the engineers draughting up the technical drawings that will specify what the structure consists of and how it should be built. Although I work with Revit primarily, I also use Autocad.
Gyoury Self kick started my training by sending me on a Revit Essentials training course and this gave me a good foundation to build up from. Since then, I have worked on a number of live projects, all varying in scale.
In my first year, larger scale commercial projects included a concrete frame apartment block (Alpha Wharf) and a series of portal frame structures for an industrial estate. These projects were created using Revit within the BIM environment, so this introduced me to the concept of working collaboratively with other design teams.
Smaller scale domestic projects included planned alterations to pre-existing structures, and I have created standard details for use on domestic projects as well.
My current projects include Whitwick & Coalville Leisure Centre, a large steel framed community leisure complex which is in the early stages of construction in North West Leicestershire. Working on the engineering alongside the architectural design team on such an extensive project has enabled me to gain experience and insight into different aspects of construction. Whether this is general information about the structural arrangement of a building (for example, the key components of standard brick block external walls) or project-specific details (such as the stage of works for building a swimming pool) – the outcome is a more complete understanding of the construction process. Also working collaboratively on a design team where all parties involved are modelling their respective parts in 3D, either in Revit or Tekla, allows you to see how the different parts work and come together as a whole.
Another current project is Page Court, an affordable rent housing development in Horsham, West Sussex. This masonry apartment block project also involves working collaboratively alongside the architect using Revit within the BIM environment. This method of working is really helpful when determining how different elements interface with each other. This is the first masonry supported building I’ve worked on in Revit, so it has offered some interesting new challenges; such as how to set up plans and views to clearly show our structure being supported by the architect’s masonry, and using a 3D topographical surface generated from a 2D survey to see how the external ground level affects the structural design.
My colleagues at Gyoury Self have been extremely supportive during my training, and are always there to offer help and guidance. Considering the fact I had no prior experience in the industry, everyone has been very understanding. As a team, they have helped build my knowledge in all different aspects of the job, and they are always willing to answer any queries I have.
As far as career progression goes, I am currently enjoying the process of honing my Revit and AutoCAD skills and putting that into practice on live projects. The next step would be learning how to use other industry-standard modelling and draughting software, such as Navisworks. Streamlining Revit is also of interest to me, so I would like to develop new add-ins that can perform useful operations and increase workflow.
If you are considering becoming a Trainee Technician, my advice would be to learn the ins and outs of the software you are using. Practice and play around with the software’s different tools, so you can really understand how they work. This will help you become far more proficient. If you do get stuck there is a multitude of information and documentation available online, from standard help guidelines for basic queries, to forums which offer more specific advice.
Another recommendation for prospective Revit technicians – avoid becoming complacent in your understanding of the software. You should always push yourself to learn something new when you have the time. This will open you up to new methods and ways of working whilst also deepening your understanding of the software and its capabilities.
There are two ways to do this within Revit. Firstly, you can explore the toolbar to see if there are any tools you not familiar with and determine if they could be useful to you. Alternatively, browse the Autodesk help guides and improve your knowledge of any unfamiliar elements.
A good resource for those who are starting out (or looking for a refresher on certain topics) is the Revit Pure website. This has a number of interesting blog posts about the different features in Revit. You can also up your game by learning third-party software and plugins; such as Dynamo, which can significantly improve your workflow by automating repetitive tasks.
From a personal perspective, my next goal is to improve my understanding of the RC detailing capabilities in Revit. This would enable me to create concise models that encompass all the relevant structural design aspects of a project.
Charlie White – Trainee Revit Technician
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ABOUT CHARLIE WHITE
Trainee Revit Technician
Joined Gyoury Self in 2018.
Charlie is currently working towards becoming a fully qualified Revit Technician.