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
(22 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
DRFT 1503 Interpreting Engineering Drawings
DRFT 2501 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3*
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
MACT 1800 Manufacturing Computer Applications
MACT 1801 Fundamentals of Precision Manufacturing
MACT 1812 Fixture Design and Tooling
MACT 1831 Lathe Operations and Theory I
MACT 1835 Lathe Operations and Theory II
MACT 1840 2-Axis CNC I
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 2890 CNC Turning Centers
MACT 2892 Advanced CNC I
MACT 2894 Advanced CNC II
Total Credits: 51  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 52 while the section is listed as having 51 credits.
 
Elective Courses
(select 1 credit from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
DRFT 1001 Principles of Engineering/Engineering Technology
DRFT 1500 Drafting Basics
DRFT 1502 CAD I 3*
DRFT 2503 Parametric Design I
DRFT 2950 Special Projects/Topics 1*
Total Credits: 1  
 
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
(select 20 credits from the courses below)
In addition to the above required courses, choose six credits from the General Education courses from the 10 Goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Courses can be taken from any of the 10 Goal areas.
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
MATH 109 Elements of Algebra & Trigonometry
PHYS 100 Concepts in Physics
Total Credits: 20  
 
Total AAS Degree Credits: 72  

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