Machining is a craft that provides the key to modern manufacturing. The CNC machinist shapes and finishes the metal parts that go into every consumer product. Ridgewater College graduates are in every area of manufacturing including machine operator, plant manager, and sales of machine tools. The lab is state-of-the-art with equipment found in high-tech manufacturing firms like Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines and CAD/CAM.
 
Course Outline
 
Required Courses
(24 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
DRFT 1503 Interpreting Engineering Drawings
DRFT 2501 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3*
DRFT 2513 Parametric Design II
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
MACT 1800 Manufacturing Computer Applications
MACT 1801 Fundamentals of Precision Manufacturing
MACT 1812 Fixture Design and Tooling
MACT 1822 Applied Math I
MACT 1831 Manual Lathe Operations
MACT 1840 Manual Mill Operations
MACT 1842 2-Axis CNC II
MACT 2803 Precision Grinding
MACT 2805 Precision Grinding II
MACT 2811 CNC Programming and Set-up - Mill
MACT 2813 CNC Vertical Machining Centers
MACT 2815 CNC Programming and Set-up - Lathe
MACT 2826 Computer Assisted Machining I
MACT 2827 Computer Assisted Machining II
MACT 2831 Die Design
MACT 2832 Mold Design
MACT 2853 Applied Math II
MACT 2890 CNC Turning Centers
MACT 2892 Advanced CNC I
MACT 2894 Advanced CNC II
Total Credits: 58  
 
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Choose two credits from the following courses:
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
GSCM 1102 Applied Written Communications
GSCM 1122 Applied Oral and Written Communications 2*
GSCM 1132 Applied Technical Writing
Total Credits: 2  
 
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Choose two credits from the following courses:
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
GSMS 1212 Manufacturing Mathematics
GSMS 1222 Applied Elementary Algebra
Total Credits: 2  
 
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Choose two credits from the following courses:
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSWS 1422 Quality Management
GSWS 1432 Problem Solving/Decision Making
Total Credits: 2  
 
Total Diploma Credits: 64  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.