Design Technology Manager – Firm Wide – Orange, CA, US | Jobs

ABOUT AO:

At AO, WE are better together.

In addition to competitive pay and benefits, flexible work hours, and work-from-home options, AO offers a one-of-a-kind culture with collaborative workspaces and motivated colleagues. AO welcomes creativity, learning and lasting relationships. Everything we do is driven by what it takes to be effective and successful for our customers. We value service, our people, a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude and continuous improvement. If you are young in your career, grow with us. If experienced, improve with us. There’s no one like you, and there’s no place like AO.

Advantages:

We offer all the advantages of a large firm, with all the human relations of a small one. You will never be a number at AO. Join our community.

Partial list of benefits:

  • Full suite of medical, dental, life and supplemental insurance
  • Continuing education and reimbursement of exams
  • Most fully paid medical plans for employee-only coverage
  • Company-paid basic life and long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement plan, health savings and flexible spending accounts
  • Overtime pay for hourly employees
  • Paid holidays, public holidays and sick leave
  • Flexible hours
  • Train station one block from campus

Responsibilities

  • Act as the primary architectural design technology resource for all members of the project team. AO has 300 employees; more than 80% are involved in projects on different types of projects: multi-family, commercial, etc. Most employees are based at our campus in Orange, California; however, many work a hybrid schedule and we have a few satellite offices: San Diego, Atlanta and NorCal.
  • Responsible for day-to-day AEC technical support on projects through all phases of the architectural process, including conceptual design, schematic design, design adaptation/development, construction documentation, modeling, and custom content creation .
  • Assist IT in the management, maintenance, installation and deployment of software products including but not limited to Autodesk AEC Collection, BIM 360/Autodesk Docs, Rhino, Sketchup, Enscape 3d, Lumion , 3D Studio, V-ray, Dynamo , ability to write AutoCAD LISP and Revit Dynamo and Python scripts.
  • Manage the implementation of new software systems related to BIM and Design Technology processes.
  • Act as a strong ambassador in your participation in the broader A/E/C design technology community by participating in relevant industry events, meetings and conferences to keep up to date, gain additional expertise and knowledge and observe demonstrations of new technologies and techniques.
  • Gain additional training and technical certification by attending training courses and workshops for software developers and vendors to add value to staff and projects.
  • Research and manage the implementation of new industry software systems related to BIM and Design Technology processes.
  • From an organizational effectiveness perspective that takes into account studio variances, manage, maintain and guide design technology standardization efforts within the company in collaboration with studio managers.
  • Help coordinate Revit material libraries, key notes, schedules, and extract and communicate model data for project management, specification coordination, and construction administration.
  • Manage and create Revit families and libraries based on quality and scope of content, file size, and level of detail.
  • In cooperation with the Technology Department and appropriate stakeholders, help create and maintain an office design technology training forum where standards can be found and questions asked and answered.
  • Work with subject matter experts from project teams to coordinate and lead research and training on new plugins, products and modeling techniques.
  • Provide ongoing training to ensure constant knowledge of BIM tools, office standards and procedures.
  • Provides orientation to new hires on basic Revit usage, office standards and procedures.
  • Coordinates with vendors and IT staff as needed to support design technology within the office.
  • In collaboration with the Technology group, analyzes the operation of the computer system and recommends improvements for the proper functioning of BIM/Design Technologies.
  • Maintains an understanding and knowledge of the needs and operations of design, engineering and construction personnel by maintaining regular and open dialogue with all groups.
  • Develops educational/training materials for internal courses, leads teaching and training.
  • Helps management assess staff skills in design technology and develop plans and programs to increase individual, team and enterprise-wide usage, expertise and effectiveness in the integration of the appropriate A/E/C technology.
  • Leads collaborative efforts with other design technology users.

Qualifications

  • 8-10 years of experience in the AEC industry, with a focus on design technology, with increasing responsibility.
  • Proficiency in Building Information Modeling programs and applicable techniques. Knowledge of various 3D modeling software.
  • In-depth knowledge and proven hands-on experience with Autodesk Revit Architecture and related BIM software.
  • Navisworks, AutoCAD, Revit and Collaboration for Revit expertise required. Autodesk software certification preferred. Microsoft Office suite experience required.
  • Strong understanding of legacy CAD applications and practices, primarily AutoCAD.
  • Proficiency required with design applications such as 3ds Max, V-Ray, Rhino, SketchUp, Navisworks, Adobe Creative Suite, etc., and an innate ability to communicate the benefits of these components within an information model of integrated construction.
  • A predisposition and willingness to quickly learn various other design, 3D modeling, analysis, construction and project management software.
  • Must be able to articulate ideas well through verbal and written communication. Must be comfortable presenting and leading meetings with consultants, internal team members and partners.
  • Must work well with individuals and teams.
  • Must show the ability to quickly learn new techniques and solve problems or create workarounds when solutions do not exist.
  • A bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, or a construction-related field is preferred, not required.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion and to establish priorities and manage competing demands.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Possesses the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with project teams and office staff; must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that embraces change and constantly seeks new opportunities for creativity and innovation.



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