Ridgewater College

Program Overview

Ridgewater College offers an Associate's Degree in Computer Aided and Drafting and Design.  This degree allows students to join engineering departments in manufacturing, research and development, and other drafting disciplines and gives them the opportunity to pursue a career in mechanical drafting and design.  The program will give students computer aided drafting training to develop entry level drafting skills.  Using state-of-the-art equipment, students will have hands-on training labs as well as working classes such as physics, mechanisms, welding, and much more.

Students have the option of taking online courses, traditional classroom courses, or a mixture of both.  Scheduling is flexible and includes optional night classes.  Besides basic drafting skills, students will learn blueprint reading, geometric design and tolerancing, manufacturing processes, and much more.  The variety of classes allows the student to learn how these various disciplines tie in with mechanical drafting and design.  Drafting and design is completely computerized and uses 3D parametric solid modeling.  The program also gives students the opportunity to collaborate with a Welding program which exposes them to high-tech automated manufacturing processes (i.e. robotic welding and programming).  Top students also have the chance to collaborate with students from other manufacturing courses in a special projects interdisciplinary course and ultimately build a working automated machine.

Upon graduation, there are several employment opportunities.  Drafting and design uses 3D drawings that production workers use to create parts and build products, and any company that designs and creates its own products employs design technicians.  Graduates typically start in a detail drawing position, taking ideas of the designer and transforming them into drawings which will be fabricated and assembled into products.  Employees can then advance to a wide range of jobs such as design technicians, engineers, technical illustrator, and purchasing agents.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Requirements

    A high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

    School Overview

    Ridgewater College is a public, 2-year institution that was founded in 1996 and is one of the newer 2-year, public institutions in the state of Minnesota. Located in Willmar, Minnesota, the mission of Ridgewater is “to provide quality educational opportunities for diverse student learners in an inclusive, supportive, and accessible environment.” Ridgewater College aims to build and strengthen its ties with the community by partnering with regional businesses and industries.

    Ridgewater College offers associate's degree programs and certificates, including many programs that are offered in completely online formats.

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