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
(25 Courses)
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
DRFT 1503 Interpreting Engineering Drawings
DRFT 2501 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3*
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
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
MACT 1840 2-Axis CNC I
MACT 1842 2-Axis CNC II
MACT 2803 Precision Grinding I
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
MATH 109 Elements of Algebra & Trigonometry
PHYS 100 Concepts in Physics
Total Credits: 65  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 64 while the section is listed as having 65 credits.
Elective Courses
(select 1 credit from the courses below)
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 2513 Parametric Design II
DRFT 2950 Special Projects/Topics 1*
Total Credits: 1  
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
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.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 6  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 72  

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