Strong mechanical design skills and standards are the primary focus in the New River CAD program. Coupled with the technical design skills is a strong emphasis in 3D modeling, animation and presentation.
“At the end of the day every company and every firm has to market and sell the capabilities that it has to continue to win more projects. Our students come out of the CAD program with a diverse set of skills and can bring these to the table at very high level of proficiency,” states the CAD program head Jeff Levy.
New River’s two-year CAD degree has more core classes “CAD” and “ARC” than many four- year schools in the country. They work with real world projects both individually and in team environments their second year.
These projects are highlighted by two capstone projects in their fourth semester with team special projects such as reverse engineering a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine or designing the next generation (UCAV) unmanned combat air vehicle. In addition, there is a final individual project of their choosing that is guided by their advisor.