Introduction to Gunsmithing Certificate

Program: Gunsmithing

This certificate will introduce the novice gunsmith to the hand tools, blueprint reading skills, schematic understanding, basic machine tool operations and the nomenclature used in Gunsmithing.

Emphasis is placed on safety in the shop environment and the completion of Gunsmithing related projects from blueprints using hand and machine tools. Upon completion, students should be able to read and work from blueprints and schematics using hand and basic machine tool setups. During the hands-on shop class, the student will also be working on a final project that will be completed in the second semester of the certificate program.

Students interested in this program will be required to undergo a criminal background check before enrolling.

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

REQUIRED COURSE INFORMATION  
Course Credit Hours
GSM 101 Gunsmithing I 4.0
GSM 102 Gunsmithing II 4.0
GSM 104 Advanced Metal Finishing 4.0
GSM 105 Gunsmithing Welding 2.0
GSM 106 Gunsmith Safety 1.0
GSM 107 Gunsmith Machine Tool 4.0
GSM 121 Barrel Fitting/Alterations 3.0
GSM 230 Business for Gunsmiths 3.0
     
Subtotal   25.0
Total Credit Hours 25.0

Updated 4/3/2017

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – This certificate will introduce the novice gunsmith to the hand tools, blueprint reading skills, schematic understanding, basic machine tool operations and the nomenclature used in Gunsmithing. Emphasis is placed on safety in the shop environment and the completion of Gunsmithing related projects from blueprints using hand and machine tools. Upon completion, students should be able to read and work from blueprints and schematics using hand and basic machine tool setups. During the hands-on shop class, the student will also be working on a final project that will be completed in the second semester of the certificate program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge gained in class to complete metal working projects to blueprint requirements.

  2. Setup and safely operate all machine tools required for project completion.

  3. Maintain the personal discipline to complete projects on time.

  4. Use technology in the machine shop to model on-the-job requirements.

  5. Use applicable tooling correctly during various machining operations.

  6. Exhibit mastery of National Rifle Association’s safety procedures throughout the curriculum.

  7. Demonstrate basic knowledge of resume writing and business and marketing planning.

 

 

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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. (Note that being accepted into the college does not mean that the student has been accepted into the Gunsmithing program.)  While waiting, students may choose to take general education and secondary specialty classes toward a general technology degree in Gunsmithing. 
  • Students must complete the Introduction to Gunsmithing certificate before being eligible to sign up for the Advanced Gunsmithing certificate program. All courses for both certificates are co-requisite. This means no courses can be taken individually.
  • 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. Admissions 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 student has 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 other requirements

  • Students must attend the Gunsmithing Orientation, which is held immediately after the College’s New Student Orientation.  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.
  • Students must purchase their Project Rifle from the Gunsmithing Program. 

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Introduction to Gunsmithing Certificate (GSM7) - Contact Jerry Capone about start dates.

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.
     
  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.
  • Please e-mail advising@ptc.edu if this advising guide needs to be updated or corrected.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.