New River Community College


About NRCC Engineering Design

The Engineering Design program at New River Community College has been recogaized by the American Drafting and Design associat (ADDA) as one of the top programs in Virginia. In class quality and diversified curriculum and has been completely re-worked from the ground up.

The advanced students have also produced advanced concept design projects such as UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) & UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicles).  These projects have brought the spotlight to the Engineering Design Technology program by companies such as:

  • Lockheed Martin’s SkunkWorks in California (the top secret, black ops project team)
  • Northrop Grumman’s Naval Design Group in Newport News where the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers are built
  • SAIC, one of the largest reverse engineering defense contractors in the world
  • Phoenix Integration, a D.O.D. contractor/software and product developer which has brought on the Engineering Design Technology program as an “Academic Partner.” NRCC joins with schools such as MIT, Stanford, Purdue University, Penn State, Virginia Tech Aerospace & Ocean Engineering and a host of others:

Multiple projects from the graduating classes have concept designs which have received rave reviews by: Skunk Works, General Dynamics, Dr. Daniel Raymer, President of Conceptual Research Corp - Author AIAA as well as current AIAA President; and former Chief Secientist of the United States Air Force, Dr. David Thompson.

The class of 2015 has a project currently being reviewed by the AHS, American Helicopter Society. This is a competition project from New RIver Community College, 50 pages plus of engineering and design report is competing against elite engineeriing programs such as Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, Stanford, UVA, Virginia Tech and other engineering schools around the world.

  • An international Airport in Missoula Montana
  • Blended Wing UCAV
  • 3D Virtual Model – SSN 774 Virginia Class Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine

There are two different degree programs:

  • Engineering Design Technology Degree
  • Architectural & Engineering Design Specialization

The Engineering Design lab has been updated to:
Be the only Engineering Design Program housed in a mall.  It is a new state of the art facility at New River Valley Mall located in Christiansburg, Virginia, near Virginia Tech.

Engineering Design lab

  • 1450 Square Foot Engineering Design Lab
  • Tiltable Engineering Design works stations
  • Dual "24" flat panel LCD monitors mounted on articulating arms
  • FAA approved Flight Simulator
  • L.E.D. work lights
  • i7 Processor work stations with: 16GB of RAM and - NVIDIA video cards w/2GB Ram
  • 2 large format HP plotters, 2 HP color laser printers (11x17), B&W laser (11X17)
  • Dimension Elite Rapid Prototyping 3D printer (ABS plastic extrusion tool CNC)
  • 2 Dimension U-Print SE 3D printers
  • 7 Maker Bot 5th Gen 3D printers
  • Object Polymer 3D printer
  • 3 XYZ Davinci 3D printers
  • KIP 7500, Large format Laser Printer and Color Scanner and B&W Copier
  • 3D Scanner
  • 12 Station Render Farm
  • EPILOG Laser Engraver

Software Includes:
2016 Autodesk design suite to include:

  • AutoCAD
  • Revit Architecture
  • Revit Structure
  • Mechanical Simulation
  • CFD Motion
  • CFD Desing Study
  • Inventor Professional
  • 3Ds Max
  • MAYA
  • Motion Builder
  • Impression
  • Showcase
  • Alias Design

Other software on all Engineering Design stations

  • SpaceClaim 2015
  • Sketchup
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
  • Adobe Premier PRO CC 2015
  • Adobe Creative Suite CS5
  • Corel Draw X7
  • CREO-2.2 (Formerly PRO-E Wildfire)