Modeling and Simulation Technology

Students who are organized, enjoy creating graphics or models, likely to approach problems logically, and interested in hardware and/or software should explore exciting training and career opportunities in modeling & simulation!

The Modeling & Simulation Support Specialist program is a two (2) year program that explores the use of modeling, simulation, and game development software to solve real-world problems. The activities will include evaluating and testing engineering designs, modeling geospatial data, observing and analyzing real-work simulations, programming games for educational purposes, and creating visuals with 3D models.

Students will participate in a semester-long, project-based learning opportunity associated with the student’s career goals. The project will pair students with mentors in workplaces related to their career goals. Students will have the opportunity to take the Autodesk Certified User exam industry credential. Additionally, the course will offer students the opportunity to earn 15 hours of dual-credit towards an Associate’s degree at Paul D. Camp Community College.

Occupations:
Computer Software Engineer; Game Designer; Multimedia Artist, Animator; Programmer; Systems and/or Database Analyst; Data Modeler; Geographic Information System Technician; Civil Engineer; Industrial Engineer; Mechanical Engineer1

Typical Salary in Virginia: $54,000- $143,000 depending on education level and specialization2

Employment Outlook: Employment of software developers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.3

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