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2021 Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate's Degree Trade Schools

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Finding the Best Precision Metal Working Associate's 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 2018-2019, 56,353 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which trade school program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent.

The Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate's Degree Trade Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 457 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs were the most popular for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Precision Metal Working program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for precision metal working majors pursuing a associate's degree.

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Our analysis found Ivy Tech Community College to be the most popular school for precision metal working students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 180 students majoring in precision metal working at Ivy Tech Community College, 98% are male and 2% are female.

While working on their Associate's Degree, precision metal working majors at Ivy Tech Community College accumulate an average of around $11,374 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $113.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Texas State Technical College is a great place for precision metal working students working on their associate’s degree. TSTC is a large public school located in the midsize city of Waco.

Of the 164 students majoring in precision metal working at TSTC, 96% are male and 4% are female.

The average amount in student loans that precision metal working majors at TSTC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $12,111. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $102.

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The in-demand associate’s degree programs at Southern Technical College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular precision metal working schools in the United States. Southern Technical College is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Orlando.

About 14% of the students majoring in precision metal working at the school are women while 86% are male.

On average, precision metal working graduates from Southern Technical College take out $19,255 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $208, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

The in-demand associate’s degree programs at South Texas College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular precision metal working schools in the United States. South Texas College is a very large public school located in the midsize city of McAllen.

Of the 64 students majoring in precision metal working at South Texas College, 91% are male and 9% are female.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southeast Community College Area. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Southeast Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Lincoln.

On average, precision metal working graduates from Southeast Community College take out $13,306 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $127.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Williamsport, Penn College is a public college with a small student population.

Women make up 3% of the precision metal working majors at the school.

While working on their Associate's Degree, precision metal working majors at Penn College accumulate an average of around $17,217 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $125, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Mech-Tech College

Caguas, PR

With a ranking of #7, Mech-Tech College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for precision metal working students working on their associate’s degree. Mech-Tech College is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Caguas.

Of the 57 students majoring in precision metal working at Mech-Tech College, 96% are male and 4% are female.

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#8

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for precision metal working students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the town of Big Rapids.

Women make up 11% of the precision metal working majors at the school.

After completing their Associate's Degree, precision metal working graduates from Ferris carry an average student debt load of $16,301. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $148.

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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for precision metal working students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Lancaster, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a public school with a small student population.

Of the 55 students majoring in precision metal working at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 96% are male and 4% are female.

On average, precision metal working graduates from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology take out $10,347 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $123.

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#10

Vincennes University

Vincennes, IN

Vincennes University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Vincennes University is a large public school located in the town of Vincennes.

Precision Metal Working majors at Vincennes University take out an average of $13,755 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $125, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

St Philip's College

San Antonio, TX

With a ranking of #11, St Philip’s College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for precision metal working students working on their associate’s degree. St Philip's College is a large public school located in the city of San Antonio.

About 14% of the students majoring in precision metal working at the school are women while 86% are male.

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State Technical College of Missouri landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree precision metal working programs. Located in the rural area of Linn, STC is a public college with a small student population.

Women make up 8% of the precision metal working majors at the school.

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#12

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for precision metal working students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the small city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 12% of the precision metal working majors at the school.

Precision Metal Working majors at North Harris Montgomery take out an average of $15,074 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $107, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Alfred State College

Alfred, NY

Alfred State College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for precision metal working students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Alfred State is a small public school located in the remote town of Alfred.

Of the 48 students majoring in precision metal working at Alfred State, 94% are male and 6% are female.

Precision Metal Working majors at Alfred State take out an average of $12,944 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $125, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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San Jacinto Community College ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. San Jacinto College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

About 6% of the students majoring in precision metal working at the school are women while 94% are male.

On average, precision metal working graduates from San Jacinto College take out $12,213 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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With a ranking of #16, Pueblo Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for precision metal working students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Pueblo, Pueblo Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

About 9% of the students majoring in precision metal working at the school are women while 91% are male.

Precision Metal Working majors at Pueblo Community College take out an average of $11,141 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $104.

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Central New Mexico Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for precision metal working students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 45 students majoring in precision metal working at CNM, 93% are male and 7% are female.

While working on their Associate's Degree, precision metal working majors at CNM accumulate an average of around $11,165 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $88.

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Tulsa Welding School-Tulsa ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. TWS is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Tulsa.

Women make up 20% of the precision metal working majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #19, Linn-Benton Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for precision metal working students working on their associate’s degree. LBCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Albany.

Women make up 8% of the precision metal working majors at the school.

Precision Metal Working majors at LBCC take out an average of $14,091 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $144.

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#19

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, CA

Orange Coast College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Orange Coast College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Costa Mesa.

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Lake Area Technical Institute landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree precision metal working programs. LATI is a small public school located in the town of Watertown.

About 3% of the students majoring in precision metal working at the school are women while 97% are male.

While working on their Associate's Degree, precision metal working majors at LATI accumulate an average of around $9,782 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $67, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

Lee College

Baytown, TX

Lee College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for precision metal working students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Lee College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Baytown.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 37 students majoring in precision metal working at FVTC, 84% are male and 16% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, precision metal working graduates from FVTC carry an average student debt load of $10,624. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $112, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Central Piedmont Community College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree precision metal working programs. Central Piedmont Community College is a large public school located in the city of Charlotte.

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Pittsburgh Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for precision metal working students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the rural area of Oakdale, Pittsburgh Technical College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Women make up 3% of the precision metal working majors at the school.

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#26

Triangle Tech - Dubois

Falls Creek, PA
#26

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville, IL
#26

Portland Community College

Portland, OR
#26

Olympic College

Bremerton, WA
#30

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, WA
#30

Pima Community College

Tucson, AZ
#32

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, MI
#32

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, CO
#35

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, TX
#37

Pitt Community College

Winterville, NC
#39

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
#41

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, NY
#43

Manchester Community College

Manchester, NH
#43

Dunwoody College of Technology

Minneapolis, MN
#43

Ohio Technical College

Cleveland, OH
#43

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI
#43

Beal College

Bangor, ME
#43

Cerritos College

Norwalk, CA
#50

Green River College

Auburn, WA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate's Degree Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 457 different United States precision metal working schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Coahoma Community College Clarksdale, MS
50 Triangle Tech - Bethlehem Bethlehem, PA
50 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
54 Triangle Tech - Greensburg Greensburg, PA
54 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA
54 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
54 Ranken Technical College Saint Louis, MO
54 Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood, PA
59 Montana State University - Billings Billings, MT
59 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
59 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
59 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
59 Northern Wyoming Community College District Sheridan, WY
59 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
59 Craven Community College New Bern, NC
66 New Castle School of Trades New Castle, PA
66 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
66 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
66 South Seattle College Seattle, WA
66 Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
66 Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL
66 Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla, WA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate's Degree Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
73 Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR
73 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
73 East Mississippi Community College Scooba, MS
73 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
73 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
73 Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA
73 Community College of Denver Denver, CO
80 Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington, WV
80 Triangle Tech - Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
80 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
80 Wichita Area Technical College Wichita, KS
84 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
84 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY
84 Clark College Vancouver, WA
84 Delta College University Center, MI
84 Triangle Tech - Sunbury Sunbury, PA
89 Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA
89 El Camino College Torrance, CA
89 Central Carolina Community College Sanford, NC
89 South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, WA
89 Central Maine Community College Auburn, ME
89 Laney College Oakland, CA
89 Odessa College Odessa, TX
89 Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA
89 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX

Precision Metal Working by Region

View the Most Popular Precision Metal Working Associate's 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 45,129
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 4,244
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2,998
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 1,938
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 658
Metal Fabricator 585
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 358
Other Precision Metal Working 272
Ironworking/Ironworker 171

Majors Similar to Precision Metal Working

Related Major Annual Graduates
Woodworking 721
Other Precision Production 177
Leatherworking & Upholstery 112
Boilermaking 46
Precision Production Trades 14

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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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