Those interested in craftsmanship may want to consider the field of precision production. Professionals in this field form or manipulate various materials, including metal, wood and glass, to create various products.
Students who receive training in this field may find careers as welding, soldering or brazing workers. The education requirements for this field vary depending upon the employer. Most employers prefer to hire those who have formal training or previous experience. Certificate and degree programs are available at vocational schools, community colleges and universities. The four schools profiled below offer a wide variety of programs in the fields of engineering and technology.
Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY
|School Highlight: The Rochester Institute of Technology was ranked #33 among best value schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.|
RIT offers various engineering undergraduate programs that might be of interest to a student looking to study precision production. Students can earn a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology, as well as in manufacturing and electrical engineering. A Master of Science is also available in the field of manufacturing and mechanical systems integration.
Utah State University in Logan, UT
|School Highlight: Mechanical engineering is one of the most popular majors at the university.|
Utah State University has several programs related to precision production, including a Certificate of Completion in Machine Tool Technology. This program includes four levels of courses in machining to give students advanced skills in operating equipment, tools and precision instruments. The program also includes some welding coursework. Additionally, the university offers separate, full welding technology programs that can lead to either a certificate or an associate's degree. Another degree that might be of interest to precision production students is the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Boise State University in Boise, ID
|School Highlight: Boise State's undergraduate engineering program was ranked #116 among schools that offer doctorate degrees, per U.S. News & World Report for 2017.|
Boise State offers a bachelor's program in applied science for students who have successfully finished a technical Associate of Applied Science or have accumulated technical credits through military training. The College of Engineering at Boise State makes available a multitude of college departments that cover precision production in various ways, such as civil engineering, construction management, mechanical and biomedical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.
Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID
|School Highlight: ISU's computerized machining technology programs are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.|
The school's College of Technology offers a wide range of relevant associate and bachelor's degree programs related to precision production, including welding and computerized machining technology. There are also certificate options available. In the Bachelor of Applied Science program, students take general education classes as well as professional-technical courses in the field.
Top Precision Production Schools
Here are a few more schools with strong precision production offerings:
- Burlington College in Burlington, VT, offers certificate through bachelor's level programs in woodworking and fine furniture making.
- Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID, boasts the lowest tuition of all four-year public schools in the state. The school's automated manufacturing technology program prepares students for supervisor roles.
- Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, boasts an impressive 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school offers relevant programs in furniture design, industrial design and glass.
- Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI, has a partnership with the University of North Dakota that allows students to earn a 5-year dual bachelor's degree in engineering and another field of their choice.
- Weber State University in Ogden, UT, has both a design engineering technology program and a manufacturing engineering technology program.
There are a variety of relevant degree and certificate programs for students interested in precision production. Available majors include industrial design, computerized machining technology and mechanical engineering, among many more.