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Paving the Way for Technical Excellence with VCC’s CAD and BIM Technician Program
paving the way for technical excellence with vcc’s cad and bim technician program

Paving the Way for Technical Excellence with VCC’s CAD and BIM Technician Program

Architecture, engineering, and construction are all thriving sectors in the city of Vancouver and in many ways, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) have become indispensable tools for professionals in these fields. The CAD and BIM technologies revolutionize how projects are planned, designed, and executed, making them more efficient, accurate, and sustainable. Vancouver Community College (VCC) recognizes the growing demand for CAD and BIM expertise and offers a comprehensive diploma program to equip students and aspiring professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and training. 

About the CAD and BIM Technician Diploma Program

VCC’s CAD and BIM Technician Diploma Program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in CAD and BIM software, along with a thorough understanding of industry best practices and standards. By learning various aspects of CAD and BIM, including architectural drafting, structural design, mechanical systems, and electrical layouts, students in the program will be able to advance their technical skills and prepare themselves to work for engineering firms, architecture firms, development companies, the government or the private industry. 

Key information

  • Tuition: $41,317
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Length: 2 years
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Delivery: Class-based and Online
  • Program Flyer: Download
  • Campus: Downtown (250 West Pender St., Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1S9)
  • Start Date: September

Note that to graduate from the program, students must obtain a total of 70 credits within 5 years: 

  • 40 credits of the first-year Certificate
  • 30 credits of the second-year courses to complete the Diploma  


Examples of courses in the program include:

  • Office & Construct Site Safety
  • Residential Design
  • Job Search Skills
  • Technical Communications
  • Steel Structures
  • Introduction to 3D and BIM
  • Plant and Equipment Layout

What you’ll learn in the program

In Year 1, students will choose and specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Architectural Technician 
  • Civil/Structural Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer Technician
  • Steel Construction Modelling Technician

Students will then add an additional speciality from the same list in Year 2. Upon graduating, students will have gained specialty in two separate areas chosen from the list above and will receive their respective certificates.  

Although the program encourages students to hone their skills, there are plenty of opportunities for students to work in groups to develop their team-building skills as well. For graduates who enjoy working as team members, they can go on to work on a variety of projects, such as:

  • Residential housing developments, commercial buildings, and institutional complexes
  • A wide variety of steel and concrete structures including schools, sports stadiums, bridges, commercial buildings, and high-rise offices
  • And highway construction and subdivision development work
  • A wide variety of mechanical applications in the mining industry, chemical process plants, energy infrastructure, oil, and gas, as well as mechanical systems for buildings and development work

Admission Requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English Language Proficiency at a Grade 12 level
  • Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Workplace Mathematics 11 or equivalent, or
    • VCC Math Assessment with 80% Basic Arithmetic and 60% Basic Algebra

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Future Career Opportunities

In British Columbia, graduates of the CAD and BIM Technician program have a wide range of career opportunities in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, and can make an average of $27/hour. Here are some of the roles that program graduates can pursue:

  • CAD Technician
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Construction Estimator
  • CAD/BIM Trainer
  • Design Technician
  • 3D Visualization Specialist
  • Project Coordinator
  • Building Services Coordinator
  • Construction Planner
  • Design Review Technician

Source: VCC – CAD and BIM Technician
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