Top Schools for Precision Metal Working

Find out about programs in precision metal working, which can include training in tool and die making, welding and sheet metal working. Learn about programs at three top colleges, and get an overview of other schools in the U.S. that provide training for precision metal workers.

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Formal education programs in precision metal working typically lead to a certificate or associate's degree. Some schools also provide opportunities for students to pursue apprenticeships or bachelor's degree programs.

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Four of the top schools for aspiring precision metal workers include Montana Tech, Lewis-Clark State College, Delta State College and Central Virginia Community College. These programs are notable because they offer programs that focus specifically on metal work as well as broader programs in related subjects.

Montana Tech in Butte, MT

School Highlight: This technology school offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in metal working and metal technology.

Montana Tech offers an Associate of Applied Science in Metals Fabrication Technology. Students take courses in applied metallurgy, CNC (computer numerically controlled) machining and machine shop. Those interested in learning to process, extract or join metals can continue their education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. A Master of Science in General Engineering with a focus on welding engineering is also available.

Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID

School Highlight: This school's technical department offers certificates, at two levels of expertise, in addition to undergraduate degrees.

Students in the college's Technical and Industrial Division can pursue technical and advanced technical certificates in welding. Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Applied Science programs in welding technology are offered as well.

Delta State College in University Center, MI

School Highlight: This university offers dozens of apprenticeships for potential students looking to study in the field of precision metal working.

At Delta College in University Center, students interested in metal working can pursue certificates and associate's degrees in welding engineering technology. The school also offers tool and die, millwright and tinsmith apprenticeships. Students enrolled in an apprenticeship program can earn an Associate of Applied Science.

Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, VA

School Highlight: The school offers degrees and certificates in various areas of study related to metal working.

The most relevant program for aspiring precision metal workers at Central Virginia Community College is the career studies certificate in welding. Students can also take welding courses as part of a related certificate program in machine shop. The school offers a wide range of welding courses, many of which include both lecture and lab hours. The school also awards credit for supervised study projects and internships at approved businesses.

Top Precision Metal Working Programs

Here are a few more community colleges where students can pursue studies in precision metal working:

  • Ivy Technical Community College in Kokomo, IN, offers certificates and associate's degree programs in this field.
  • At Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, co-op and employment opportunities are available to students through the school's partnership with the Rochester Tooling and Machining Association.
  • Graduates of the certificate program at New River Community College in Dublin, VA, are certified in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Welding Society codes.
  • Spokane Community College in Spokane, WA, offers service learning and peer to peer mentoring programs.

Aspiring metal workers can find excellent learning opportunities at state and community colleges and technical schools around the country. Programs may focus entirely on precision metal working or allow students to take courses in metal working while pursuing a certificate or degree in a related subject.

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