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.
Course Outline
Required Courses
(20 Courses)
Course Title Credits
CMAE 1514 Safety Awareness
MACT 1005 Blueprint Reading for Machinists
MACT 1801 Fundamentals of Precision Manufacturing
MACT 1812 Fixture Design and Tooling
MACT 1831 Manual Lathe Operations
MACT 1840 Manual Mill Operations
MACT 1900 Advanced Manual Lathe and Mill Operations
MACT 2506 Reverse Engineering for Machinists
MACT 2507 Practical Application of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
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 2820 Mentorship I
MACT 2821 Mentorship II
MACT 2826 Computer Assisted Machining I
MACT 2827 Computer Assisted Machining II
MACT 2870 Mold Making I
MACT 2872 Mold Making II
MACT 2890 CNC Turning Centers
Total Credits: 52  
Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course Title Credits
CMAE 1518 Manufacturing Processes and Production
CMAE 1522 Quality Practices
CMAE 1526 Maintenance Awareness
CMAE 1528 Career Success Skills
DRFT 1502 CAD I 3*
ENGT 1103 Mechanical Systems
ENGT 1301 Fluid Power
MACT 1190 Principles of Machining Operations
MACT 1508 Applied Math
MACT 2503 Parametric Design I
MACT 2950 Special Topics/Projects 1*
NDT 1100 Manufacturing Processes
ONCR 1000 On Course
WELD 1190 Fundamentals of Welding
Goal Area 1: Communications
Choose one of the following:
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
Goal Area 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Choose one of the following:
Course Title Credits
MATH 1000 Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 1090 Elements of Algebra and Trigonometry
MATH 1120 College Algebra
Total Credits: 3  
General Education Elective Courses
Choose 8-9 credits from the General Education courses from the ten (10) Goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Courses can be taken from any of the ten (10) goal areas.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 9  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 67  

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