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Gunsmith Technology


– Offered at Iowa Valley Grinnell –

Deadline for Fall 2018 registration is April 1, 2018
Gunsmith Technology is a program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to make, repair, maintain, and modify firearms according to blueprints or customer specifications, using specialized hand tools and machines. Hunters, sportsmen, collectors, and firearms enthusiasts around the nation all need the services of experienced Gunsmiths to repair and customize their favorite firearms.

Job outlook

The 2-year program will provide highly sophisticated training to students interested in pursuing careers as technicians in the firearms manufacturing and distribution industry and for businesses working with the U.S. military. Graduates may become a gunsmith working in a variety of gun shops, sporting goods stores, gun manufacturers, and their own business. Millions of dollars a year are spent on firearms in the U.S. alone—that means there’s a big demand for skilled professionals to keep the firearms working well! Salaries of gunsmiths vary by employment setting. lists the range of $25,470 to $48,605 a year, with the average salary of $36,267 annually.

Our students say it best!

“I was interested in the gunsmithing trade, and saw that Iowa actually had a school that offered a program for it. So I checked it out, and immediately became a believer. After one semester I knew I wanted to be here. The instructor caters the program to fit your needs and interests. You can choose to explore what area of the gunsmith trade you want to learn more about. The student actually has a say here.”Joe Balk, second year student from West Union, IA

Repair Shop Now Open!

The Iowa Valley Grinnell Gunsmith Tech Repair show is NOW OPEN. Click here for important information/requirements.

2018 Master Craftsman Series

Once again, the Iowa Valley Grinnell Gunsmith Technology program and Iowa Valley Continuing Education are hosting a summer Master Craftsman series of courses. Additional information is available in our Master Craftsman brochure.

Admission requirements

We are happy to learn of your interest in our Gunsmith Technology program at Iowa Valley Grinnell. Admission into the Gunsmith Tech program is separate from admission to the College. The first step students must take is to complete your admissions folder. The following items must be submitted to the MCC Admissions Office. Click here for a complete list of tools required.

NOTICE: Applicants must fill out BOTH forms below (#1 and #2)

  1. Application for college admission completed
  2. Application for the Gunsmith program completed
  3. Official high school transcript or high school equivalency diploma required (send to MCC Admissions Office, 3700 South Center Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158).
  4. Official transcripts from other colleges you have attended, if applicable (send to Admissions Office).
  5. Take or submit ACT or ACCUPLACER. Fax scores to 641 236-0036. Or email scores to MaryAnne Nickle. To determine scores needed for remediation, consult Student Success Specialist.
  6. Prospective students shall submit a letter of application for admission to the Gunsmith Tech program. The letter should be a maximum of 1000 words, double spaced in times New Roman font, size 12. This letter will be used in the review process by the admissions committee for the selection of students for admission. The letter should include the items listed in the Gunsmith Tech application.
  7. Have three letters of recommendation sent to: Beth Hotchkin, 123 6th Avenue West, Grinnell, IA 50112.
    1. These letters should be recommendations from employers, teachers or other professionals who are not related to the applicant and have a personal knowledge of the applicant’s work ethic and background.
  8. Iowa law forbids any person under the age of 18 to possess a handgun. Prospective students shall be eighteen years of age or older on or before the first day of the first Gunsmith Tech course in which they are registered.
  9. Students selected for moving forward in the process will be notified, and sent a link by email to complete the background check. Students will pay for the background check. Students must prove their eligibility to own and possess firearms. This includes all project guns, receivers, etc. that the student needs to procure while enrolled.

Please note: If felony and/or misdemeanor charges are found on a background check after the student is enrolled, student could be dismissed and the student would be liable for any tuition already paid if beyond drop date.

Faculty Contact

Eric Kiesler

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