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Program Contacts

Professor Alan Lohr (928) 776-2348
Instructional Specialist Susie Check (928) 717-7761
Dean John Morgan (928) 717-7721

Quick Facts


About the Associate of Applied Science - Gunsmithing

The Gunsmithing degree program prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in firearm and metal industries.

Note: Since there is a special admission process for this program, prospective students should contact the Advising Center or visit our website at www.gunsmithing.org for detailed information.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Gunsmithing Degree program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Safely operate hand and machine tools common to the gunsmithing trade.
  2. Use measuring tools such as micrometers, indicators, verniers and various gauges.
  3. Use a computer to develop ballistic data and to document research assignments.
  4. Completely disassemble firearms for metal refinishing and reassembly.
  5. Identify different rifle operating systems.
  6. Identify different shotgun operating systems including maintenance, repair and customization.
  7. Lay out, duplicate, inlet, fit, glass bed, install accessories, apply finish, and checker the Classic American rifle stock.
  8. Perform computer assisted drafting operations on a personal computer.
  9. Identify, repair and extensively modify pistols and revolvers.
  10. Install rifle barrels using proven methods to enhance accuracy.
  11. Plan, set-up, make, and install specialty accessories frequently encountered in the firearms industry.
  12. Communicate professionally with customers and vendors.
  13. Develop a business plan, complete with demographics, suitable for a small business loan application.
  14. Develop marketing tools such as brochures and ads.
  15. Develop an accurate price list for performing technical services.
 

General and Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
I.  General Education
  A.  Foundation Studies (12 credits)
       1.  College Composition or Applied Communication - Select Option a or b:
          a.  Writing (6 credits)
Choose two courses from approved list
 
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Applied Communication/Writing Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the applied communication/writing component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
BSA105 Business English   3
CRW139 Intro to Creative Writing   3
ENG101 College Composition I   3
ENG102   
ENG103 College Composition I Honors   3
ENG104 College Composition II Honors   3
ENG136 Technical Writing   3
JRN150 Mediawriting and Reporting   3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
          b.  Writing AND Communication (6 credits)
Choose one course from each list
 
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Applied Communication/Writing Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the applied communication/writing component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
BSA105 Business English   3
CRW139 Intro to Creative Writing   3
ENG101 College Composition I   3
ENG102   
ENG103 College Composition I Honors   3
ENG104 College Composition II Honors   3
ENG136 Technical Writing   3
JRN150 Mediawriting and Reporting   3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
AND
 
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Applied Communication/Comm. Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the applied communication/comm. component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
BSA233 Business Communications   3
COM100 Intro Human Communication   3
COM131 Fund Speech Communication   3
COM134   
COM135 Workplace Communication Skills   3
COM271   
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
       2.  Numeracy (3 credits)
 
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Quantitative Literacy Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the quantitative literacy component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
MAT100 Technical Mathematics   3
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra   3
MAT142 College Mathematics   3
MAT152 College Algebra   3
MAT156 Math/Elementary Teachers I   3
MAT157 Math/Elementary Teachers II   3
MAT167   
MAT172 Finite Mathematics   3
MAT183 Trigonometry   2
MAT187 Precalculus   5
MAT212 Survey of Calculus   3
MAT220 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I   5
MAT230 Calculus & Analytic Geomtry II   5
MAT241 Calculus III   4
MAT262 Elementary Differential Equatn   3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
       3.  Critical Thinking (3 credits)
 
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Critical Thinking Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the critical thinking component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
AHS230 Comp & Alt Health Therapy   3
AJS123 Ethics & Criminal Justice   3
BSA118 Practical Creative Thinking   3
CHP190 Honors Colloquium   1
COM217 Intro Argumentation and Debate   3
EDU210 Cultural Diversity Education   ERG 3
ENG140 Reading the World:   3
GEO210 Society and Environment   3
HUM101 Intro to Popular Culture   3
JRN131 Mass Media in American Society   3
PHI103 Intro to Logic   3
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics   3
PHI110 Intro to Critical Thinking   3
PHI204 Ethical Issues/Health Care   3
STU230 Leadership Development Studies   3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
    B.  Area Studies (7 credits)
       1.  Physical and Biological Science (4 credits)
 
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Physical & Biological Science Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the physical & biological science component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
AGS103 Plant Biology   4
BIO100 Biology Concepts   4
BIO103 Plant Biology   4
BIO105 Environmental Biology   4
BIO107 Introduction to Biotechnology   4
BIO108 Concepts in Plant Biology   4
BIO109 Natural History Southwest   4
BIO156 Human Biology Allied Health   4
BIO160 Intro Human Anat & Physiology   4
BIO181 General Biology I   4
BIO182 General Biology II   4
BIO201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I   4
BIO202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II   4
BIO205 Microbiology   4
CHM121 Environmental Chemistry   4
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry   4
CHM138 Chemistry for Allied Health   5
CHM151 General Chemistry I   5
CHM152 General Chemistry II   5
CHM235 General Organic Chemistry I   4
CHM235L Gen Organic Chemistry I Lab   1
CHM236 General Organic Chemistry II   4
CHM236L Gen Organic Chemistry II Lab   1
ENV105 Environmental Biology   4
ENV110 Environmental Geology   4
ENV121 Environmental Chemistry   4
GEO103 Intro Physical Geography   4
GEO212 Intro to Meteorology   4
GLG100 Concepts in Basic Geology   2
GLG101 Intro to Geology I   4
GLG102 Intro to Geology II   4
GLG110 Environmental Geology   4
GLG116 Geology Verde Valley   2
GLG117 Implications Plate Tectonics   2
GLG118 Evolution of Basin and Range   2
GLG119 Geology of Grand Canyon   2
GLG120 Geology of Northern Arizona   2
GLG121 Volcanoes/Earthquakes N AZ   2
GLG122 Geology of Death Valley   2
GLG123 Geology of Bryce and Zion   2
GLG124 Geology of the Prescott Region   2
PHY100 Intro to Astronomy   4
PHY111 General Physics I   4
PHY112 General Physics II   4
PHY140 The Physical World   4
PHY150   
PHY151 Physics Scientists/Engineer II   5
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
        2.  Behavioral OR Social Science (3 credits)
Choose one course from either list
 
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Behavioral Science Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the behavioral science component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
ECE210 Infant and Toddler Development   3
ECE234 Child Development   3
GRN101 Psychology of Aging   3
GRN102 Health and Aging   3
PHE152   
PHE205 Stress Management   3
PSY101 Introductory Psychology   3
PSY132 Cross Cultural Psychology   ERG 3
PSY234 Child Development   3
PSY238 Psychology of Play   ERG 3
PSY240 Personality Development   3
PSY245 Human Growth and Development   3
PSY250 Social Psychology   3
PSY277 Human Sexuality   ERG 3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
OR
 
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Social Science Courses

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the social science component of this degree.

CourseTitleHours
ANT101 Stones,Bones,Human Origin   3
ANT102 Intro Cultural Anthro   ERG 3
ANT104 Buried Cities/Lost Tribes   3
ANT214 Magic, Witchcaft and Healing   ERG 3
ANT231 Southwestern Archaeology   3
ANT232 Indians of the Southwest   ERG 3
BSA235 Principles Economics-Macro   3
GEO101 World Geography West   GIH 3
GEO102 World Geography East   GIH 3
GEO105 Intro Cultural Geography   ERG GIH 3
HIS260 History Native Am in the U.S.   ERG 3
SOC101 Intro to Sociology   ERG 3
SOC140 Sociology Intimate Relationshp   ERG 3
SOC142 Race and Ethnic Relations   ERG 3
SOC212 Gender and Society   ERG 3
SOC250 Social Problems   ERG 3
IWR = This course meets the requirements of the Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry awareness area.
ERG = This course meets the requirements of the Ethnic/Race/Gender awareness area.
GIH = This course meets the requirements of the Global/International or Historical awareness area.
II.  Gunsmithing Requirements
GST100 Apprentice Gunsmithing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 100. Apprentice Gunsmithing (10). Basic gunsmithing skills including shop and general firearms safety, machine tool skills, stockmaking, metal refinishing, shotgun design, application and function. Rifle systems and ballistics. Integration of computer applications. Prerequisite: Application required with the following documentation: Yavapai College Student Number (Y#), current concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit or federal background check. Students under the age of 21 must contact ID Vetting (866.987.3767) for security check if their state does not issue CCW permits for applicants under the age of 21, and gunsmithing disclosure statement. Four lecture. Eighteen lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Safety standards and liability
2. History, design, function and repair of rifle systems
3. Design, function and repair of shotguns
4. Measuring instruments, hand and power tool operation
5. Metal finishes used on firearms
6. Computer Ballistics Software Application

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Operate firearms, machine shop and bluing equipment safely. (1)
2. Identify and repair various rifle designs. (2)
3. Maintain, repair and customize a variety of shotguns. (3)
4. Fabricate to specifications various projects using hand and power tools. (3,4)
5. Disassemble firearms, identify different metals, prepare parts, apply finishes, and reassemble firearms. (5)
6. Use Ballistics Software Application to develop ballistics data and research information. (6)

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GST150 Journeyman Gunsmithing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 150. Journeyman Gunsmithing (10). Intermediate study of machine tool use and firearms applications. Milling, turning, precision grinding, break action shotguns, stockmaking. Pistol and revolver design and function. Shotgun design, application and function. Prerequisite: GST 100. Four lecture. Eighteen lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Turning, vertical milling, indexing and precision grinding
2. Modification and tuning of break action shotguns
3. Design, function and repair of pistols and revolvers
4. Stockmaking repairs and techniques
5. Orientation to trap, skeet and sporting clays

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Operate various machine tools including the engine lathe vertical mill, precision grinder and dividing head. (1)
2. Maintain, repair and extensively modify break action shotguns. (2)
3. Maintain, repair and diagnose a variety of handguns. (3)
4. Repair, install accessories, refinish, and epoxy bed an existing wood stock. (4)
6. Identify firearms associated with trap, skeet and sporting clays. (5)

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GST200 Professional Gunsmithing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 200. Professional Gunsmithing (10). Advanced gunsmithing techniques and applications of existing skills. Studies in precision barreling of rifles. Major pistol and revolver modifications. Advanced stockmaking procedures and machining of major firearm components. Prerequisite: GST 150. Four lecture. Eighteen lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Action modifications and compensator theory
2. Assembly, fitting and tuning of aftermarket handgun components
3. Stockmaking from a semi-inlet stock bank
4. Advanced tooling operations for precision barreling and accurizing
5. Rules and regulations set by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Set up and operate various machine tools including the engine lathe and manual milling machine. (1,2,4)
2. Extensively customize pistols and revolvers. (1,2)
3. Complete a classic wood rifle stock from semi-inlet to a finished product. (3)
4. Safely install barrels on a variety of rifles using advanced methods. (1,4)
5. Identify Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Violations. (5)

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GST250 Master Gunsmithing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 250. Master Gunsmithing (10). Mastery of Gunsmithing skills and metal skills. Capstone course to build the student portfolio. Construction of a business plan. Prerequisite: GST 200. One lecture. Twenty-seven lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Industry standards
2. Demographics
3. Workplace ethics and performance standards
4. Presentation techniques including photographs and resumes
5. Value of work
6. Advertising
7. Communication techniques and processes
8. Portfolio building
9. Documentation for business

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Perform a broad variety of Gunsmithing tasks at or beyond levels or competency accepted in the industry.
2. Communicate professionally with customer and vendors.
3. Develop a business plan, complete with demographics, suitable for a small business loan application.
4. Develop an accurate price list for performing technical services.
5. Develop marketing tools such as brochures and ads.
6. Present a portfolio including a resume, photos and finished work.

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III.  Related Requirements 
BSA102 Career Search and Success

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
BSA 102. Career Search and Success: Skills for Entering and Succeeding in the Workplace (1). Techniques to enhance and emphasize the relationship between resume development and job search skills. Includes a strong focus on human relations in the workplace. One lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Job search skills and employability packet including: labor market analysis; networking and job lead development; application, resume and cover letter preparation; the interview process
2. Personal financial management
3. Workplace communication and teamwork skills
4. Workplace ethics, attitudes, absenteeism, stress management skills
5. Elements of critical thinking and decision-making including setting career and educational goals

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify employment opportunities for a field of study. (1)
2. Produce an employability packet (i.e. application, resume, cover letter, work sample, reference letter). (1)
3. Prepare for and participate in employment interview activities. (1)
4. Assess various types of communication and teamwork skills in the workplace. (3)
5. Discuss workplace ethics, attitudes, absenteeism, stress management. (4)
6. Describe the strategies involved in decision making in a job search. (5)
7. Evaluate job search efforts. (1)
8. Develop a career/educational plan. (5)
9. Identify importance of money management and budgeting. (2)

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