General Technology, Gunsmithing, A.A.S. - GSMG
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. Those students who would like to work for a major manufacturer can enroll in the Machine Tool or Welding program. In any of the degreed programs, students receive an additional 12 hours of focused material along with the 5 general education courses and courses within the Gunsmithing curriculum. 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 building 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.
Criminal Record Checks for Gunsmithing Students
Criminal Record Check: Students in specific Gunsmithing programs are required to have a criminal background check and be eligible to receive a concealed weapon permit. These are conducted by an outside agency at the student’s expense. Pending criminal charges or convictions may make the student ineligible for enrollment, participation in courses or taking the examinations.
|Courses||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|General Education Courses|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3|
|or ENG 165||Professional Communications|
|MAT 170||Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry I||3|
|or MAT 171||Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry II|
|Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Elective Humanities/Fine Arts||3|
|Required Core Subject Area - Primary Specialty|
|GSM 101||Gunsmithing I||4|
|GSM 102||Gunsmithing II||4|
|GSM 105||Gunsmithing Welding||2|
|GSM 106||Gunsmith Safety||1|
|GSM 107||Gunsmith Machine Tool Technology||4|
|GSM 120||Basic Stockmaking||3|
|GSM 122||General Repair||3|
|GSM 222||Handgun Technology||3|
|Required Core Subject Area - Secondary Specialty|
|Select 12 credits of the following Options A, B, or C:||12|
|Option A - Machine Tool Technology:|
|Machine Tool Print Reading|
|Machine Tool Theory I|
|Machine Tool Practice I|
|Machine Tool Theory II|
|Machine Tool Practice II|
|Machine Tool Practice III|
|Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensions and Tolerances|
|Metals and Heat Treatment|
|Machine Tool Maintenance Theory|
|Tool and Diemaking Practice I|
|Tool and Diemaking Practice II|
|Principles of CNC|
|CNC Programming and Operations|
|Option B - Welding:|
|Print Reading I|
|Print Reading II|
|Gas Metal Arc Welding I|
|Arc Welding II|
|Arc Welding III|
|Specialized Arc Welding|
|Inert Gas Welding Ferrous|
|Advanced Inert Gas Welding|
|Pipefitting and Welding|
|Advanced Pipe Welding|
|Option C - Business/ Entrepreneurship:|
|Accounting Principles I|
|Business Law I|
|Introduction to Computers|
|Small Business Management|
|Customer Service Techniques|
|Other Courses Required for Graduation 1|
|Approved Electives from Options A, B, or C 1||12|
Students may use credits in this section to develop a third technical specialty or to enhance the primary and secondary specialties.
Application and Advising
If you are ready to start your education, there are a few simple steps involved in enrolling at Piedmont Technical College.
The following information provides a guide for advisors who are helping students enroll in this program.
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:
Introduction to 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.
Program Purpose Statement
Gunsmithing students may complete the Associate in Applied Science, General Technology to upgrade certificates into broader occupational degrees. The General Technology major allows students to select coursework for becoming a multi-skilled technician. The required core consists of a primary and secondary technical specialty.
Student Program Learning Outcomes
For more information, review the learning outcomes for the corresponding certificates.