Machining is a craft that provides the key to modern manufacturing. The mold maker shapes and finishes the metal molds for plastic injection molding of plastic parts we use every day. 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 software.
Course Outline
Required Courses
(26 Courses)
Course Title Credits
DRFT 1503 Interpreting Engineering Drawings
DRFT 2501 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3*
DRFT 2513 Parametric Design II
GSCM 1122 Applied Oral and Written Communications 2*
GSMS 1251 Applied Physics
MACT 1508 Applied Math
MACT 1800 Manufacturing Computer Applications
MACT 1801 Fundamentals of Precision Manufacturing
MACT 1812 Fixture Design and Tooling
MACT 1831 Manual Lathe Operations
MACT 1835 Lathe Operations and Theory II
MACT 1840 Manual Mill Operations
MACT 1842 2-Axis CNC II
MACT 2508 Applied Math 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 2870 Mold Making I
MACT 2872 Mold Making II
MACT 2874 Mold Making III
Total Credits: 60  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 63 while the section is listed as having 60 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
MACT 2950 Special Topics/Projects 1*
Total Credits: 1  
Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
GSCI 1302 Introduction to Computers
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSIS 1602 Personal Financial Management
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
Total Credits: 3  
Total Diploma Credits: 64  

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