Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology

Program Overview

Students have the option to pursue a Firearms Technician Skills Certificate, tailored to train the graduate for counterwork and sales at retail outlets and sporting goods stores. Students may build upon the Certificate with more advanced courses and learn additional facets of the trade such as stockwork, barreling and chambering, and parts fabrication installation and adjustment, by pursuing the additional Certificate and Diploma. Diploma graduates may work for established gunshops, manufacturers, or pursue establishing their own businesses.

Program Plan

Firearms Technician Skills Certificate (16 credits)

COCP 1201 Microsoft Office Basics (2)
GSTP 1206 Bolt Action Design and Function (2)
GSTP 1214 Hinge and Lever Design and Function (3)
GSTP 1217 Firearms Business & ATF Regulations (1)
GSTP 1225 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing (2)
GSTP 1235 Metallurgy and Heat Treating (1)
MTTP 1208 Measuring Tools (1)
MTTP 1241 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design [CAD] (3)
PTCG 1225 Job Seeking (1)

Gunsmithing and Firearms Technician Apprentice Certificate (16 additional credits)

GSTP 1215 Accessories Installation (3)
GSTP 1240 Pump and Self-Loader Design and Function (5)
GSTP 1250 Handgun Design, Function, and Repair (4)
ENGL 1276 College Composition (4)

Gunsmithing and Firearms Technician Journeymen Diploma (36 additional credits)

GSTP 2210 Tooling and Fixturing (4)
GSTP 2230 Barreling and Chambering (4)
GSTP 2233 Polishing and Blueing (3)
GSTP 2267 One-Piece Stockmaking (3)
GSTP 2269 Two-Piece Stockmaking (3)
GSTP 2270 Shotgunsmithing (3)
GSTP 2280 Riflesmithing (4)
GSTP 2239 Metalsmithing (2)
MTTP 1261 Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing [CAM] (2)
MTTP 1245 Machining Fundamentals I (4)
MTTP 1265 Machining Fundamentals II (4)

Course Outlines

For more specific information about this program's required courses, visit the Course Outlines page.

Important! Criminal History Requirements

Please be aware Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology program applicants must complete additional paperwork regarding criminal background checks to be accepted into the program. ALL applicants must complete the "PTC Checklist/Requirements Form." Additionally, applicants must complete a state form:

-- Minnesota residents
-- Wisconsin residents
-- All other applicants from other states

Tool List

Students within the Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology program must acquire a comprehensive set of tools -- a requirement for the program. Click to access the Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology Master Tool List.

Cost of Program

To determine the cost of this program, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Career and Employment Information

Gander Mountain, Brownell's, Cabela's, Big Sky Rifle Company, and Dakota Arms are just a few organizations who have hired PTC graduates. Since the program's inception in 1980, the average job placement rate has held between 96 and 100 percent. Graduates are trained in diverse areas such as woodworking, machining, welding and business, and some graduates gain employment in these related fields.

For more information...

For more information, see this video clip from a 2003 episode of "Minnesota Bound," which highlights PTC's excellent Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology program.

Gainful Employment Program Information for Firearms Technician Skills Certificate (16 credits)

Gainful Employment Program Information for Gunsmithing & Firearms Technician Apprentice (16 credits)

Gainful Employment Program Information for Gunsmithing & Firearms Technician Journeymen (68 credits)