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2022 Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools

191 Colleges
$34,436 Avg Salary
$13,247 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree School for You

Precision Metal Working is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 7th of all the majors we analyze. In 2019-2020, 51,096 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for trade school students. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Trade College Search has created its Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 191 schools in the United States to see which associate degree programs offered the best educational experiences for trade school students.

View our full ranking methodology.

2022 Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for precision metal working majors pursuing a associate degree.

Top 25 Top Trade Schools for an Associate in Precision Metal Working

Our 2022 rankings named Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology the best school in the United States for precision metal working students working on their associate degree. Located in the city of Lancaster, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a public school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that precision metal working majors at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology take out while working on their Associate Degree is $10,548.

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Out of the 191 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, State Technical College of Missouri landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the rural area of Linn, STC is a public school with a small student population.

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The excellent associate degree programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best precision metal working schools in the United States. Located in the city of Williamsport, Penn College is a public college with a small student population.

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Out of the 191 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Dunwoody College of Technology landed the # 4 spot on the list. Dunwoody College of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

The average amount in student loans that precision metal working majors at Dunwoody College of Technology take out while working on their Associate Degree is $18,155.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lake Area Technical Institute. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools list. LATI is a small public school located in the remote town of Watertown.

While working on their Associate Degree, precision metal working majors at LATI accumulate an average of around $10,644 in student debt.

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With a ranking of #6, Salina Area Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for precision metal working students working on their associate degree. Located in the remote town of Salina, Salina Tech is a public school with a small student population.

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#7

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, MO

Ranken Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for precision metal working students to get a associate degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the city of Saint Louis, Ranken Technical College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Precision Metal Working majors at Ranken Technical College take out an average of $15,748 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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#8

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI

Western Technical College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools list. Western Technical College is a small public school located in the small city of La Crosse.

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#9

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

With a ranking of #9, Ivy Tech Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for precision metal working students working on their associate degree. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Associate Degree, precision metal working majors at Ivy Tech Community College accumulate an average of around $12,294 in student debt.

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#10

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Hennepin Technical College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that precision metal working majors at Hennepin Technical College take out while working on their Associate Degree is $26,112.

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With a ranking of #11, Elgin Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for precision metal working students working on their associate degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Elgin, ECC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their Associate Degree, precision metal working graduates from ECC carry an average student debtload of $9,484.

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Texas State Technical College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools ranking. TSTC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Waco.

The average amount in student loans that precision metal working majors at TSTC take out while working on their Associate Degree is $13,210.

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Anoka Technical College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Anoka, Anoka Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Precision Metal Working majors at Anoka Technical College take out an average of $15,025 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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With a ranking of #14, Southeast Community College Area did quite well on this year’s best schools for precision metal working students working on their associate degree. Southeast Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Lincoln.

Precision Metal Working majors at Southeast Community College take out an average of $13,618 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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#15

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Community College landed the #15 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree precision metal working programs. CFCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Wilmington.

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North Dakota State College of Science landed the #16 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree precision metal working programs. North Dakota State College of Science is a small public school located in the distant town of Wahpeton.

On average, precision metal working graduates from North Dakota State College of Science take out $14,566 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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Fox Valley Technical College landed the #17 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree precision metal working programs. Located in the suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, precision metal working graduates from FVTC take out $16,647 in student loans while working on their Associate Degree.

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St Cloud Technical and Community College landed the #18 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree precision metal working programs. Located in the small city of Saint Cloud, St Cloud Technical and Community College is a public school with a small student population.

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#19

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools ranking. Ferris is a large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

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#20

Ridgewater College

Willmar, MN

Ridgewater College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for precision metal working students to get a associate degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the town of Willmar, Ridgewater College is a public school with a small student population.

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Nashua Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree precision metal working programs. Nashua Community College is a small public school located in the city of Nashua.

The average amount in student loans that precision metal working majors at Nashua Community College take out while working on their Associate Degree is $14,602.

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#22

South Central College

North Mankato, MN

With a ranking of #22, South Central College did quite well on this year’s best schools for precision metal working students working on their associate degree. Located in the small suburb of North Mankato, South Central College is a public college with a small student population.

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Waukesha County Technical College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools list. WCTC is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Pewaukee.

The average amount in student loans that precision metal working majors at WCTC take out while working on their Associate Degree is $16,169.

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#24

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Community College landed the #24 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best associate degree precision metal working programs. Grand Rapids Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Grand Rapids.

While working on their Associate Degree, precision metal working majors at Grand Rapids Community College accumulate an average of around $14,074 in student debt.

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Austin Community College District came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools ranking. Austin Community College District is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin.

The average amount in student loans that precision metal working majors at Austin Community College District take out while working on their Associate Degree is $11,733.

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Rest of the Top Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools

#26

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, WI
#28

Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, IA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Precision Metal Working students that almost earned our Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
29 Triangle Tech - Sunbury Sunbury, PA
30 Central Community College Grand Island, NE
31 Advanced Technology Institute Virginia Beach, VA
32 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
33 Triangle Tech - Greensburg Greensburg, PA
34 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
35 Triangle Tech - Dubois Falls Creek, PA
36 Central Lakes College - Brainerd Brainerd, MN
37 Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI
38 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA

Precision Metal Working by Region

View the Best Precision Metal Working Associate Degree Trade Schools for a specific region near you.

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

One of 5 majors within the trade school area of study, precision metal working has other similar majors worth exploring.

Precision Metal Working Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Welding Technology/Welder 40,882
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 3,710
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2,373
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 2,086
Metal Fabricator 645
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 639
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 314
Other Precision Metal Working 232
Ironworking/Ironworker 215

Majors Similar to Precision Metal Working

Related Major Annual Graduates
Woodworking 609
Other Precision Production 107
Leatherworking & Upholstery 104
Boilermaking 50
Precision Production Trades 39

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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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