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Machine Tool Technology

  • CURRENT INDUSTRY equipment 
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS in an INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE with Automated Systems, Computer-aided Drafting & Design, and Welding (Hutchinson campus) 
  • Industry exploration through periodic FIELD TRIPS 
  • Strong INDUSTRY PARTNERS who hire our graduates

Careers in manufacturing are in HIGH DEMAND!  Ridgewater prepares students for careers in the modern manufacturing industry using state-of-the-art equipment found on today's shop floors.

Thanks to industry support, and the Gene Haas Foundation, in partnership with Productivity, Inc. ​the Ridgewater Machine Tool program will offer $15,000 in scholarships for students entering the program for the 2016-17 school year!!

CNC Precision Manufacturing Technician

Computer Numerical Control students spend the first year in basic machine shop. Second-year students concentrate on manual programming, computer-assisted programming, setup, and operating computerized numerical control equipment. An emphasis is placed on Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and learning tooling and programming practices used in the industry.

Machining Technician

Students gain fundamental skills in everything from basic shop skills to CNC programming and CAM. Numerical control machine operators run computer-controlled machines. These machines cut, shape, drill, or otherwise modify metal or plastic parts. The computer program tells the machine which tools to use and how to use them. Operators mainly set up, tend, and maintain the machines. Once the programs are entered, operators select, measure, install, and secure the tools and attachments the machines will use.

Operators read blueprints and use their knowledge of the job to select the proper tools. They use hand tools and precision instruments to attach the items. Finally, they attach the work pieces and start the machines.

Toolmakers craft precision tools that are used to cut, form, and shape metal and other materials. They produce jigs and fixtures, devices that hold metal while it is stamped or drilled. They also make gauges and other measuring devices.

2016-2017 

CNC Precision Manufacturing Technician A.A.S. Degree
Hutchinson
67 Credits

CNC Precision Manufacturing Technician Diploma 
Hutchinson
64 Credits

CNC Certificate
Hutchinson
18 Credits

Machining Technician Diploma
Hutchinson
32 Credits

Mold Making Technician A.A.S. Degree
Hutchinson
67 Credits

Mold Making Technician Diploma
Hutchinson
64 Credits

2015-2016

CNC Precision Manufacturing Technician A.A.S. Degree
Hutchinson
67 Credits

CNC Precision Manufacturing Technician Diploma 
Hutchinson
64 Credits

CNC Certificate
Hutchinson
11 Credits

Machining Technician Diploma
Hutchinson
32 Credits