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2022 Best Precision Metal Working Schools

191 Colleges in the United States
4,625 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded
$30,483 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in precision metal working is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #123 out of 368 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 191 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for precision metal working students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 4,625 degrees in precision metal working during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Precision Metal Working School

Best Precision Metal Working Schools The precision metal working program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Precision Metal Working rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for precision metal working schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Precision Metal Working Degree Level

The precision metal working school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Precision Metal Working Schools. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Precision Metal Working in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of precision metal working degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Precision Metal Working

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
201 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Texas State Technical College if you wish to pursue a degree in precision metal working. TSTC is a fairly large public college located in the medium-sized city of Waco. A Best Schools rank of #418 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means TSTC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 201 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at TSTC in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
66 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat State Technical College of Missouri if you want to pursue a degree in precision metal working. STC is a small public college located in the rural area of Linn. A Best Schools rank of #508 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means STC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 66 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at STC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
$11,614 Median Student Debt

It's hard to beat Dunwoody College of Technology if you want to pursue a degree in precision metal working. Dunwoody College of Technology is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Minneapolis. A Best Schools rank of #260 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dunwoody College of Technology is a great college overall.

There were approximately 17 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Dunwoody College of Technology in the most recent data year. Those precision metal working students who get their degree from Dunwoody College of Technology make $11,667 more than the average precision metal working grad.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SD
38 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Lake Area Technical Institute is a wonderful option for students pursuing a degree in precision metal working. Located in the town of Watertown, LATI is a public school with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #206 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means LATI is a great school overall.

There were roughly 38 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at LATI in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
62 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a small public college located in the small city of Lancaster. A Best Schools rank of #266 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a great college overall.

There were approximately 62 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in the most recent data year. Precision Metal Working degree recipients from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology receive an earnings boost of approximately $11,217 over the average income of precision metal working graduates.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
48 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Williamsport, Penn College is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 68th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 48 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Penn College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
126 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Ivy Tech Community College is a fairly large public college located in the city of Indianapolis. This college ranks 17th out of 48 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were roughly 126 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Ivy Tech Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Precision Metal Working degree recipients from Ivy Tech Community College get an earnings boost of approximately $13,267 over the typical earnings of precision metal working majors.

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#8

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, MO
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
$12,289 Median Student Debt

Ranken Technical College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Saint Louis. A Best Schools rank of #143 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Ranken Technical College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 16 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Ranken Technical College in the most recent year we have data available. Those precision metal working students who get their degree from Ranken Technical College earn $7,017 more than the typical precision metal working graduate.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In IL

ECC is a medium-sized public college located in the medium-sized city of Elgin. A Best Schools rank of #617 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means ECC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 11 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at ECC in the most recent data year.

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#10

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TX
51 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

North Harris Montgomery is a very large public college located in the city of The Woodlands. A Best Schools rank of #205 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means North Harris Montgomery is a great college overall.

There were about 51 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at North Harris Montgomery in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In WI

Western Technical College is a small public college located in the city of La Crosse. This college ranks 26th out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 5 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Western Technical College in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In TX
41 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Austin, Austin Community College District is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #280 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Austin Community College District is a great college overall.

There were about 41 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Austin Community College District in the most recent data year.

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#13

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Central Community College is a medium-sized public college located in the city of Grand Island. This college ranks 19th out of 22 colleges for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were about 37 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Central Community College in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the precision metal working program at Central Community College get $5,517 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
$12,209 Median Student Debt

Southeast Community College is a moderately-sized public college located in the large city of Lincoln. This college ranks 14th out of 22 colleges for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were approximately 30 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Southeast Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Those precision metal working students who get their degree from Southeast Community College Area make $11,917 more than the standard precision metal working graduate.

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#15

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
$18,746 Median Student Debt

Hennepin Technical College is a small public college located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park. This college ranks 35th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 12 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Hennepin Technical College in the most recent year we have data available. Precision Metal Working degree recipients from Hennepin Technical College earn a boost of around $10,617 above the typical earnings of precision metal working graduates.

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#16

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
46 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Located in the remote town of Vincennes, Vincennes University is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 25th out of 48 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were about 46 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Vincennes University in the most recent year we have data available. Precision Metal Working degree recipients from Vincennes University get an earnings boost of about $6,117 over the typical earnings of precision metal working majors.

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#17

Alfred State College

Alfred, NY
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Located in the remote town of Alfred, Alfred State is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 115th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 67 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Alfred State in the most recent data year. Those precision metal working students who get their degree from Alfred State College earn $5,117 more than the standard precision metal working student.

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#18

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
62 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 15th out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 62 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Ferris in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the precision metal working degree program at Ferris State University get $25,517 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#19

South Texas College

McAllen, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
55 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of McAllen, South Texas College is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #586 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means South Texas College is a great college overall.

There were about 55 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at South Texas College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
48 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

CNM is a very large public college located in the city of Albuquerque. This college ranks 1st out of 27 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Mexico.

There were approximately 48 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at CNM in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, precision metal working degree recipients generally make about $31,500 in their early careers.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TX
39 Precision Metal Working Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #476 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means San Jacinto College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 39 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at San Jacinto College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, NC
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In NC

CFCC is a medium-sized public college located in the medium-sized city of Wilmington. This college ranks 28th out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 9 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at CFCC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Salina Tech is a fairly small public college located in the town of Salina. This college ranks 28th out of 54 colleges for overall quality in the state of Kansas.

There were approximately 6 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Salina Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Precision Metal Working degree recipients from Salina Area Technical College receive an earnings boost of around $4,017 over the average income of precision metal working majors.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 22nd out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were approximately 15 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at FVTC in the most recent data year.

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#25

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, HI
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In HI

Located in the large city of Honolulu, Honolulu CC is a public college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #321 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Honolulu CC is a great college overall.

There were about 10 precision metal working students who graduated with this degree at Honolulu CC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best Precision Metal Working Schools

#25

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, HI

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Precision Metal Working Schools award.

Rank College Location
29 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
30 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
31 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
32 Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg, SC
33 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
34 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
35 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
36 South Central College North Mankato, MN
37 Central Maine Community College Auburn, ME
38 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND

Precision Metal Working by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 5 majors within the Precision Production area of study, Precision Metal Working has other similar majors worth exploring.

Precision Metal Working Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Welding Technology/Welder 2,901
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 833
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 260
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 209
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 194
Metal Fabricator 78
Ironworking/Ironworker 53
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 53
Other Precision Metal Working 44

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Woodworking 133
Other Precision Production 51
Boilermaking 16
Precision Production Trades 3
Leatherworking & Upholstery 2

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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