STEM Economy Education Nurtured Program (SEEN)

Build Information Modeling Assistant (BIMA) - Apprenticeship / *Fast-track Certificate Course

The SEEN program by design is to expand access and increase equity among the individuals it will seek to attract. That population includes underserved and underrepresented individuals, e.g. women, racial/ethnic minorities, military veterans/personnel and individuals with architecture, engineering or construction (AEC) backgrounds seeking to up-skill or shift their career pathway.

The SEEN program will strengthen the technical skills of participants in the architecture, engineering and construction industry (AEC). The SEEN program is a workforce development course to learn Computer Aided-Drafting (CAD) and then advance on to learn the program Revit, which is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) software program. BIM, an intelligent multidimensional model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure. Moreover, the aspirants will be equipped to take exams for both CAD and BIM, and with the passing of the exams, acquire industry recognized and competency-based credentials.

Build Information Modeling Assistant (BIMA)

Apprenticeship / *Fast-track Certificate Course

This course is a two-pronged approach:

  1. Components of the BIMA Fast-Track program are registered as an apprenticeship program by the U.S. Department of Labor

  2. *Serves as a Fast-Trac program, that can up-skill an individual within (15) fifteen-weeks, with remedial integrated educational training (IET) support

 Building Information Modeling (BIM) is defined as an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) professionals and facilities management the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure and their assets.  More specifically, BIM is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. 

The construction industry has placed a major focus on the use of BIM during the generation and construction of projects.  Because of its many benefits, many contracts note the use of BIM as a requirement on projects.  For example, the U.S. General Services Administration, which is responsible for the construction of all federal non-military buildings, requires model-based design on their projects. Positioned with construction industry and education expertise, Social Impact Technology & Engineering (SITE) decided to develop a BIM education course to help future-proof and create new career pathways for the AEC industry. 

Development and Teaching of the Courses

The BIMA Training Program is an accelerated course for students to learn Computer Aided- Design and Drafting (CADD) and BIM and other related concepts.  The BIMA course is divided into two sub-group; the first course provides a general overview and understanding of CADD and BIM; the second course provides more detail and an opportunity to do both 2D item detail drawings in Auto CAD and parametric or 3 & 4D modeling in Revit.  The intent of these courses is to produce individuals who will become of higher-value employee to the AEC industry. These courses are considered as an “up-skill” opportunity for incumbent employees.  They were designed to educate the students to be knowledgeable and insightful about this important industry component. Moreover, to inspire the students to further develop a multiplicity of skills using other related hardware and software e.g., augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) being ushered into the AEC industry.

To facilitate instruction and validate the courses to satisfy our learning objectives, we contracted with AEC industry experts. These practitioners bring current, best practices into the classroom enabling the students to be relevant and ready for immediate referral to hiring companies up successful BIMA training and acquiring their certifications.

Course(s) Summary: BIMA 1001 CADD

(Computer Aided Design & Drafting)

Introduces basic computer aided design and drafting (CADD) skills necessary in architectural structural, mechanical and electrical drafting within the construction industry. Defines the working relationship between design and construction professionals and drafters/technicians.

Major Instructional Areas

  1. Introduction to Auto CAD

  2. Controlling the Drawing Display

  3. Basic Drawing Commands

  4. Drawing Aids and Drafting Settings

  5. Managing Object Properties

  6. Basic Editing Techniques

  7. Advanced Editing Techniques

  8. Drawing and Editing Complex Objects

  9. Pattern Fills and Hatching

  10. Adding Text and Tables

  11. Dimensioning Drawings

  12. Managing Paper Space Layouts

  13. Plotting and Publishing

  14. Blocks and Xrefs in the CAD Environment


Course Objectives

  1. Utilize the graphic language to communicate design ideas.

  2. Create technical drawings with CAD and demonstrate basic drafting skills.

  3. Demonstrate skills necessary in the professional environment including effective communication and the ability to work in teams.

  4. Conduct basic research and apply the tools of critical reading, analytical thinking, reasoning, and mathematics to effectively solve practical problems.

  5. Apply sustainability principles to design problems.

  6. Apply proper dimensioning practices according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and demonstrate Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) as a design language for size, shape, and geometric characteristics of manufactured parts.

  7. Demonstrate the techniques required to create orthographic projections, sectional and auxiliary views, and various pictorial drawings.

  8. Utilize various design software applications and equipment for solving design problems.

  9. Apply the procedures for constructing and managing a set of technical drawings.

Course(s) Summary: BIMA 1002 BIM

(Building Information and Modeling)

This course examines architectural planning and design utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques. Fundamental design methods and practices for the creation of Architectural drawings are introduced, with emphasis on the content of the drawings and the production skills. Topics include the development of floor plans, elevations and sections of building projects. This course also develops knowledge and skills to take Autodesk Certification Test. 

Major Instructional Areas

1.     BIM Revit Interfaces and File Types

2.     Drafting Requirements

3.     Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)

4.     Construction Methods and Materials

5.     Building Codes

6.     Modeling Basics

7.     Modifying Elements

8.     Extended Modeling

9.     Setting Up Views

10.  Floor Plans and Architectural Details

11.  Schedules

12.  Printing Documents for clients

13.  Preparation for Autodesk Certification Test



 By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain BIM and its approach to the design, analysis, and documentation of buildings.

  2. Compare and contrast BIM and traditional drafting and design techniques.

  3. Communicate general design ideas and concepts through specific working drawings.

  4. Apply local zoning ordinances and building codes to an architectural project.

  5. Create, explain, and complete a set of working drawings for an architectural project.

  6. Solve a design problem through the creation of a Building Information Model in Revit Architecture

  7. Work on the requirements of Autodesk Certification Test.

Tuition: *Fast-Track: Financial Assistance Available For Qualified Applicants Up to 100%. Pending WIOA regional approval.

The curriculum was developed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.