RCBI, Mountwest Launch Additive Manufacturing Degree Program

June 23, 2015

HUNTINGTON —  College students in West Virginia now can complete a degree with a concentration in additive manufacturing, better known as 3D Printing.

The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) and Mountwest Community and Technical College (MCTC) are partnering on a new Additive Manufacturing concentration in the Engineering Design Technology program at Mountwest.

Students enrolled in the program will attend classes at MCTC and at RCBI in downtown Huntington.

“With this program, we’re going to teach people the next generation of manufacturing,” said Dr. Steven Brown, dean of the Career & Technical Division at MCTC. “With these skills, people can establish their own companies. They can become entrepreneurs.”

The program gives students hands-on experience with 3D Printers and includes Rapid-Prototyping Techniques, Engineering Design, and Additive Manufacturing Techniques courses.

“This educational partnership reinforces classroom learning with hands-on experience, providing students access to the latest technologies and equipment available at RCBI,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “We enjoy seeing our students gain confidence by implementing the engineering principles they learn in class, so they’re prepared for rewarding careers in today’s New Manufacturing.”

Additive manufacturing starts with a computer-aided design (CAD) file that shows the desired object in three dimensions. After the CAD sketch is produced, a 3D printer reads the digital data from it and “prints” successive layers of material in layer-upon-layer fashion to fabricate an actual object.

The Additive Manufacturing concentration requires 61 credit hours and culminates in an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Registration is underway for the fall semester. For more information, go to to this site.

RCBI also offers career skills programs in Machinist/CNC, Welding and Robotics technology concentrations. Through its partnership with Mountwest, students in these programs also have the opportunity to earn associate degrees in addition to certificate-level credentials. Learn more about RCBI’s education and training offerings here.