Gyoury Self is committed to supporting apprenticeships and work-based training as a stepping stone to a career in Civil and Structural Engineering. 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 10 months.
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.
The larger scale commercial projects have 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 have included planned alterations to pre-existing structures, and I have created standard details for use on domestic projects as well.
I am currently working on two projects. Firstly, Chapel Barn, which is a large steel frame garage and secondly, an extensive self-storage facility on Streatham High Road where we are designing the structural elements of the basement.
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.
In the office, I work alongside BIM Manager Andy Dunkerton, an experienced draughtsman who has really helped me to develop my skills in both Revit and AutoCAD. As my mentor, Andy offers on-going support in every aspect of my training.
I find working for Gyoury Self very gratifying as you get to see a project slowly come together from start to finish. Especially when working in Revit, where you see the structure as a whole, and also the myriad of different components it is made up of. I am also gaining a wealth of knowledge about the constructed world and infrastructure that surrounds us. I find it very interesting and there is always something new to learn due to the wide variety of different fields in the construction industry itself.
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.
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.