About NRCC Engineering Design

The Engineering Design program at New River Community College has been recognized by the American Drafting and Design Association (ADDA) as one of the top programs in the country.

The second year design students have produced advanced concept design projects such as UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) & UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicles). These projects have brought a great deal of attention to the Engineering Design Technology program by companies such as:

  • Lockheed Martin’s SkunkWorks in California (a top secret, black ops project team)
  • Huntington Ingals 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 brought aboard 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 past graduating classes incorporate 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 Scientist of the United States Air Force, Dr. David Thompson.

The class of 2015 submitted a project in an international design competition for Universities around the world with the AHS, American Helicopter Society. This project consisted of a 50 plus page engineering and design report as well as a physical proof of concept model. NRCC was the first two-year college ever accepted to compete and came in Runner Up to Georgia Tech and University of Maryland. The team competed against elite engineering programs such as Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, Stanford, UVA, Virginia Tech, US Air Force Institute of Technology, Israel Institute of Technology, Purdue and Michigan University and other engineering schools around the world.

Other projects include:

  • An international Airport in Missoula Montana
  • Blended Wing UCAV
  • 3D Virtual Model – SSN 774 Virginia Class Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine
  • 3D concept design of the USN SSBNX, Ballistic Missile Submarine
  • Forward Swept Wing Unmanned Air Superiority Fighter

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: 32GB of RAM and - NVIDIA video cards w/2GB Ram
  • 3 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
  • Hand held 3D Scanner
  • 12 Station Render Farm
  • EPILOG Laser Engraver

Software Includes:
Annually updated 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 (Annually updated to the most current release)

  • SpaceClaim
  • Keyshot Rendering
  • Sketchup
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premier
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Corel Draw X7
  • CREO (Formerly PRO-E Wildfire)

In Addition, the EDT program has 1,000 square foot DIY lab that houses 20 3D printers of different types, a Rolland 4 axis CNC mill that reads STL files and a Large Format commercial Laser Engraver/Cutter.