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2021 Best Value Precision Production Associate's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

106 Colleges
$5,764 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$34,436 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Precision Production Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 57,423 precision production students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #5 most popular in the country.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Trade College Search has created its Best Value Precision Production Associate's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 106 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs offered the best value experiences for precision production students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Precision Production Associate's Degree Colleges.

Top 15% Best Precision Production Associate's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Southeast Community College Area the best value school in the United States for precision production students working on their associate’s degree. Southeast Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Lincoln.

Southeast Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,096 in tuition and fees each year.

Southeast Community College also claimed a spot on our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Lake Area Technical Institute helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value precision production schools in the United States. LATI is a small public school located in the town of Watertown.

LATI undergraduate students pay an average of $5,514 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, LATI also is in the top 5% of our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking.

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Central Community College

Grand Island, NE

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Central Community College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Grand Island, Central Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Central Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,500 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend North Dakota State College of Science. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools list. North Dakota State College of Science is a small public school located in the distant town of Wahpeton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Dakota State College of Science are $6,222 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, North Dakota State College of Science also is in the top 5% of our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking.

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Out of the 106 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, St Cloud Technical and Community College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Saint Cloud, St Cloud Technical and Community College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at St Cloud Technical and Community College are $5,538 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, St Cloud Technical and Community College is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list.

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Fox Valley Technical College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FVTC are $6,688 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, FVTC also is in the top 10% of our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking.

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South Central College

North Mankato, MN

With a ranking of #7, South Central College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for precision production students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of North Mankato, South Central College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at South Central College are $5,491 a year.

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Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Hennepin Technical College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Hennepin Technical College are $5,248 a year.

Hennepin Technical College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list.

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Central Lakes College - Brainerd ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the remote town of Brainerd, Central Lakes College is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Central Lakes College are $5,611 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Central Lakes College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list.

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Central Maine Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for precision production students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the rural area of Auburn, Central Maine Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Central Maine Technical College are $6,604 a year.

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Northcentral Technical College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree precision production programs. Located in the city of Wausau, North Central Technical College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

North Central Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,247 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, North Central Technical College also did well on our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Anoka Technical College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree precision production programs. Located in the suburb of Anoka, Anoka Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Anoka Technical College are $5,734 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Anoka Technical College also is in the top 15% of our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking.

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Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, WA

With a ranking of #13, Bellingham Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for precision production students working on their associate’s degree. Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute is a small public school located in the small city of Bellingham.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute are $4,807 a year.

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Waukesha County Technical College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. WCTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Pewaukee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WCTC are $6,395 a year.

WCTC also claimed a spot on our Best Precision Production Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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Coffeyville Community College

Coffeyville, KS

With a ranking of #15, Coffeyville Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for precision production students working on their associate’s degree. Coffeyville Community College is a small public school located in the town of Coffeyville.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Coffeyville Community College are $4,288 per year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Precision Production students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Precision Production Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
16 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster, PA
17 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
18 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
19 Cowley County Community College Arkansas City, KS
20 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
21 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN

Precision Production by Region

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

Precision Production Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Precision Metal Working 56,353
Woodworking 721
Other Precision Production 177
Leatherworking & Upholstery 112
Boilermaking 46
Precision Production Trades 14

Related Major Annual Graduates
Personal & Culinary Services 132,602
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,435
Construction Trades 36,003
Transportation & Materials Moving 27,979

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).

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