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.

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Required Courses

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES  
Courses Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I
or ENG 165 Professional Communications
3.0
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry I
or MAT 171 Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry II
3.0
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3.0
  Lab Science or Mathematics 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
   
Subtotal 15.0
   
REQUIRED CORE SUBJECT AREAS - PRIMARY SPECIALTY  
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
   
SECONDARY SPECIALTY  
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
   
OTHER COURSES REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION   
  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, and students may have to wait for an opportunity to start gunsmithing classes.  Once a student applies, he or she will receive a letter containing information about how to get on the waitlist.  While waiting, students may choose to take general education and secondary specialty classes toward a general technology degree in Gunsmithing. 
     
  • A clear SLED background check is required before taking the first GSM prefix course, GSM 101. Pending criminal charges or conviction 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. Admissions will coordinate this check with incoming students. A current concealed weapon permit (CWP) from the state of South Carolina 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.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is 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 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.

Notes about other requirements

  • Students must attend the Gunsmithing Orientation, which is held immediately after the College’s New Student Orientation.  Information about the New Student Orientation can be found here (link)   Students must read and sign the Gunsmithing Programs policy on Safety and Security during orientation.
     
  • Membership in the National Rifle Association (NRA) is offered at reduced rates during the Gunsmithing Orientation for students who would like to join the organization.
     
  • 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 dropped from enrollment and placed at the BOTTOM of the waitlist- NO EXCEPTIONS.
     
  • 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.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

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

Contacts

  • 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.
     
  • The Program Director for Gunsmithing is Jerry Capone.
     
  • Please email advising@ptc.edu if this advising guide needs corrections or updates.

Advising information updated/reviewed 9/18/2017.