General Technology - Gunsmithing (A.A.S.)

Program: Gunsmithing

This A.A.S. degree in General Technology with a concentration in Gunsmithing provides additional training for students desiring to either own their own business or gain employment with a major firearm manufacturer.

Students desiring to start their own business can receive additional education and training by enrolling in the Entrepreneur program, while students desiring to work for a major manufacturer can enroll in the Machine Tool or Welding programs. In any of the degree programs, students receive an additional 12 hours of focused material along with the 5 general education courses and select Gunsmithing classes. In the Introduction to Gunsmithing section students receive training in basic hand tools, blueprint reading, precision instrument usage/reading, stock refinishing, metal treatment, cycle of operations of the 8 major action types, welding, lathe and mill theory practical application and the full customization of a bolt action firearm. In the Advanced Gunsmithing section students carve, inlet, shape and finish a wooden and synthetic stock for the firearm they built in the first section along with checkering. Additionally, students will work in a gunsmith shop environment where they will diagnose, repair and complete cost analysis for all the firearms they are assigned. Additional courses include: Ballistics, Sights, Triggers, Military Conversions, Safety and Business.

Please Note:

A clear SLED background check is required before starting the Gunsmith Program. Pending criminal charges or conviction may make the applicant ineligible for enrollment or participation in the gunsmith program. This check must be done within 90 days of a student’s start date. This requirement is waived for any student with a current CWP from any State. Students with a CWP must present the permit to the Gunsmith Program Coordinator.


Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I
or ENG 165 Professional Communications
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry I
or MAT 171 Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry II
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3.0
  Lab Science or Mathematics 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal 15.0
GSM 101 Gunsmithing I 4.0
GSM 102 Gunsmithing II 4.0
GSM 105 Gunsmithing Welding 2.0
GSM 106 Gunsmith Safety 1.0
GSM 107 Gunsmith Machine Tool 4.0
GSM 120 Basic Stockmaking 3.0
GSM 122 General Repair of Shotguns 3.0
GSM 222 Handgun Technology 3.0
Subtotal 24.0
Choose 12 credit hours from Options A, B or C:  
Option A - Machine Tool Technology  
MTT 120 Machine Tool Print Reading 3.0
MTT 121 Machine Tool Theory I 3.0
MTT 122 Machine Tool Practice I 4.0
MTT 123 Machine Tool Theory II 3.0
MTT 124* Machine Tool Practice II 4.0
MTT 126* Machine Tool Practice III 4.0
MTT 130 Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensions and Tolerancing 2.0
MTT 141 Metals and Heat Treatment 3.0
MTT 143 Precision Measurement 2.0
MTT 161 Machine Tool Maintenance Theory 2.0
MTT 222 Tool and Diemaking Practice I 4.0
MTT 224 Tool and Diemaking Practice II 4.0
MTT 250 Principles of CNC 3.0
MTT 251 CNC Operations 3.0
MTT 253 CNC Programming and Operation 3.0
*Requires prerequisite course MTT 122
Option B - Welding
WLD 103 Print Reading I 1.0
WLD 105 Print Reading II 1.0
WLD 106 Gas and Arc Welding 4.0
WLD 113 Arc Welding II 4.0
WLD 115 Arc Welding III 4.0
WLD 117 Specialized Arc Welding 4.0
WLD 132 Inert Gas Weld Ferrous 4.0
WLD 136 Advanced Inert Gas Welding 2.0
WLD 154 Pipefitting and Welding 4.0
WLD 208 Advanced Pipe Welding 3.0
Option C - Business/Entrepreneurship Credit Hours
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
BUS 121 Business Law 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
MGT 120 Small Business Management 3.0
MKT 101 Marketing 3.0
MKT 135 Customer Service Techniques 3.0
  Approved Elective 3.0
  Approved Elective 3.0
  Approved Elective 3.0
  Approved Elective 3.0
Students may use credits in this section to develop a third technical specialty or to enhance the primary and secondary specialties.  
Subtotal 12.0
Total Credit Hours 63.0

Updated 4/3/2017

Advisement Information

Program notes

Prospective students should apply to the college as early as possible.  Gunsmithing is a currently a very popular program. 

The Gunsmithing program offers two program options. Please speak with the Gunsmithing Program Director to determine which program best suits your goals:

  • Gunsmithing Certificates:
    • Introduction to Gunsmithing
    • Advanced Gunsmithing
  • Gunsmithing Degree in ‘General Technologies with a major in Gunsmithing’

A clear SLED background check is required before taking the first GSM prefix course, GSM 101. Pending criminal charges or convictions may make the applicant ineligible for enrollment or participation in the gunsmithing program. This check must be done within two (2) months of a student’s start date. The gunsmithing program will coordinate this check with incoming students. A current concealed weapon permit (CWP) from any state can be used in lieu of the background check.  (Please contact Program Director Jerry Capone if you have a CWP from another state.)

Students are required to take the placement test to enter this program unless they hold a college degree. All students must have a high school diploma or GED.

Gunsmithing certificates are not approved for international students.

Students must attend the Gunsmithing Orientation. Students must read and sign the Gunsmithing Programs policy on Safety and Security during orientation.

Students must have all the tools, supplies, books and class notes prior to orientation. Students may use their own tools and equipment or purchase these items from the school.  NOTE: Students who do not have all the required items will be withdrawn from the Gunsmithing program, and may re-register for classes in a future semester.

Safety glasses are required in the shop areas at all times for all students. Students with prescription lenses must have shatter-proof lenses with side shields.

Notes about individual classes

The English required for this program is ENG 165 or ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165 or ENG 101.  

The math required for this program is MAT 170.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 170.

Graduation Plans

Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plan

For a semester-by-semester graduation plan for this program, please contact Program Director Jerry Capone.


Note to New Student Advisors: please have interested students meet with the Gunsmithing Program Director, Jerry Capone. New Student Advisors may place students in general education classes and classes that will count toward their secondary specialty requirements.  Students will be placed in GSM classes at the Gunsmithing Orientation.

You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.

The Program Director for Gunsmithing is Jerry Capone.

Please email if this advising guide needs corrections or updates.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020