What can you do with a Precision Machining Technology degree? Just ask Chris Berndt!! Chris graduated from the program at NDSCS in 2001. He started working for Tecton Products, where he was a tool and die maker, became the tooling manager and then moved into the role of Manufacturing Engineering Manager. While working full time, he pursued his bachelor's degree in Operations Management at MSUM with financial assistance from his employer.
In 2011, Chris opened Advanced Machining and Design in an old school building in Mooreton, ND. AMD is a Tool and Die shop with experience in design, manufacturing, and machining of quality parts for many commercial industries. In 2015 AMD expanded to a brand new shop, still in Mooreton. He works with computer-based design and modeling to produce quality, machined parts with highly skilled detail. His business continues to grow, with one full time and several part-time employees being added over the years.
He valued his education at NDSCS saying “The program is awesome. I learned so much through my hands-on training with great teachers and instructors. It was here that I learned the core of this industry. I wasn’t always the greatest student-I didn’t always get A’s and B’s. In fact I probably was a ‘C’ average student, but I took my education seriously."