Machining is a craft that provides the key to modern manufacturing. The 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
(10 Courses)
Course Title Credits
DRFT 1503 Interpreting Engineering Drawings
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
MACT 1508 Applied Math
MACT 1800 Manufacturing Computer Applications
MACT 1801 Fundamentals of Precision Manufacturing
MACT 1828 2-Axis CAM
MACT 1831 Manual Lathe Operations
MACT 1840 Manual Mill Operations
MACT 2811 CNC Programming and Set-up - Mill
MACT 2950 Special Topics/Projects 4*
Total Credits: 22  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 23 while the section is listed as having 22 credits.
Elective Courses
(select 8 credits 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 1812 Fixture Design and Tooling
MACT 1842 2-Axis CNC II
MACT 2950 Special Topics/Projects 1-6*
WELD 2950 Special Projects/Topics 1-4*
Total Credits: 8  
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
GSCI 1302 Introduction to Computers
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSIS 1602 Personal Financial Management
GSMS 1251 Applied Physics
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
Total Credits: 2  
Total Diploma Credits: 32  

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