Some engravers are self-employed, while others work in retail shops, jewelry stores, sporting goods stores and trophy shops. A number of schools in the U.S. offer training in glass or metal engraving.
Top Glass or Metal Engraving Schools
These schools offer a variety of programs related to glass and metal engraving, including gunsmithing and jewelry programs at varying levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Montgomery Community College||Troy, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,074.40 in-state, $6,682.40 out-of-state|
|Lassen Community College||Susanville, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,127 in-state, $5,903|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate,Associate's||$9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
|Lenoir Community College||Kinston, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,423 in-state, $8,567 out-of-state|
|Mesalands Community College||Tucumcari, NM||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,874.00 in-state, $4,432 out-of-state|
|Catawba Valley Community College||Hickory,NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,195 in-state, $7,571 out-of-state|
|Johnston Community College||Smithfield, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,401 in-state, $8,545 out-of-state|
|Piedmont Technical Community College||Greenwood, SC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,601 in-state, $5,801 out-of-state|
|Pine Technical and Community College||Pine City, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma||$4,066 in-state, $7,742 out-of-state|
Sources: *School websites and National Center for Educational Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students should keep these important considerations in mind:
- Prospective students may want to look for programs that provide training in specific tools, such as lasers or chisels, or that focus on certain materials, such as metal or glass.
- Aspiring engravers also might find associate degree programs in gunsmithing that emphasize metal engraving or gemology certificate programs that focus on glass etching.
- A low student-to-teacher ratio can be beneficial.
- Students should consider which program is most helpful for the career they want, such as positions in the silversmithing, gunsmithing, jewelry or glass trades.
Courses or Workshops in Glass Etching
Courses and workshops typically last one day and teach students glass etching fundamentals, while also providing a basic understanding of the trade. Students typically produce one product, such as an engraved bottle or decoration. Students also might explore fusing, using a kiln and applying etching cream.
Metal Engraving Certificate
An individual can earn a basic or advanced certificate in metal engraving. Students usually learn about cutting, design, tools and inlay procedures. An advanced certificate program might cover more specific engraving techniques.
A gemology certificate program typically is comprised of 10-15 credit hours and is appropriate for those seeking entry-level work in the field.
Associate of Applied Science in Gunsmithing
An associate's degree in gunsmithing usually takes two years to complete and is suitable for individuals who want a career in gunsmithing.
Programs in glass and metal engraving are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. Students should look for programs relevant to their desired careers that provide training in specific tools or materials.