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
(24 Courses)
Course Title Credits
CMAE 1514 Safety Awareness
CMAE 1518 Manufacturing Processes and Production
CMAE 1522 Quality Practices
CMAE 1526 Maintenance Awareness
MACT 1005 Blueprint Reading for Machinists
MACT 1508 Applied Math
MACT 1801 Fundamentals of Precision Manufacturing
MACT 1812 Fixture Design and Tooling
MACT 1831 Manual Lathe Operations
MACT 1840 Manual Mill Operations
MACT 1842 2-Axis CNC II
MACT 2501 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
MACT 2503 Parametric Design I
MACT 2508 Applied Math II
MACT 2803 Precision Grinding
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 2870 Mold Making I
MACT 2872 Mold Making II
MACT 2874 Mold Making III
MACT 2890 CNC Turning Centers
Total Credits: 59  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 63 while the section is listed as having 59 credits.
Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
CMAE 1528 Career Success Skills
DRFT 1001 Principles of Engineering/Engineering Technology
DRFT 1502 CAD I 3*
ENGT 1103 Mechanical Systems
ENGT 1301 Fluid Power
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSIS 1602 Personal Financial Management
MACT 2950 Special Topics/Projects 1-3*
NDT 1100 Manufacturing Processes
ONCR 100 On Course
WELD 1190 Fundamentals of Welding
Total Credits: 3  
General Studies Applied Required Courses
(1 Course)
Course Title Credits
GSCM 1122 Applied Oral and Written Communications 2*
Total Credits: 2  
Total Diploma Credits: 64  

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