As of January 8, 2018, SDI’s curriculum has changed. If you enrolled at SDI prior to January 8, 2018, your program will be located at the following link.
Associate of Science in Firearms Technology
SDI’s unique Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program offers our students the opportunity to learn about the firearms industry and gain a coveted credential, all without having to travel or relocate. This 60-semester-hour program is the most comprehensive of all the School of Firearms Technology programs, and is one of only a handful of firearms degree programs in the nation.
The Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program is broken into 4, 16-week semesters. Because of our flexible learning options, students choose to study at whatever time of day works best. Each student will work with a member of the SDI Student Services staff to select their personal semester schedules from the following list:
*FTT 299: Elective Options:
- FTE 210: AR 10 Advanced Armorer
- FTE 211: 1911 Advanced Armorer (Students must be 21 years of age to select FTE 211 course)
- FTE 215: AR 15 Advanced Armorer
- FTE 225: Developing a Business Plan
*Additional Information Regarding State-Restricted Elective Options (these restrictions and guidelines are subject to change at any time):
- Residents of Massachusetts and Connecticut may not enroll in the FTE 210 or FTE 215 course due to state restrictions
- Residents of California and New York that choose to enroll in FTE 210 or FTE 215 must select a fixed magazine or featureless option
- Residents of Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and New York may not enroll in the FTE 211 course due to state restrictions
Course Tools ListTo view the tools list for this program, please see our tools list here. It is truly our goal to prepare you for success in the firearms industry.
Convenient, Accredited Learning
Because SDI specializes in online learning, students enrolled in the Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program get the convenience of completing coursework at home, backed by a DEAC national accreditation. It’s the best of both worlds with a proven curriculum delivered right to your door. Plus, students round out their degree program by completing 15 credit hours of general education while learning the core topics of firearms technology and gunsmithing. Our unique mix of online and hands-on classes allow students to learn and practice efficiently and conveniently.
Tools & Materials
We conveniently provide our course text materials electronically as well as provide access to view additional resources and submit coursework through our Learning Management System (LMS) during a variety of hands-on training and labs. In addition to the course materials, training manuals, and other learning aids, your program courses include a number of entry-level tools (see our tools list here). It is truly our goal to prepare you for success in the firearms industry.
Tuition & Fees
For tuition information, please click here. This program is approved for use of the GI Bill® and other VA and military benefits. No-interest payment plans are available. Please contact the Admissions department for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 314-2102.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Additional Program InformationProgram Outcomes
With the successful completion of this program, a student will be able to do the following:
- Explain, in detail, the operating principles of all major types of firearms.
- Classify firearms by type, action type, and platform by defined characteristics, and describe the functionality of each.
- Perform the basic functions of an armorer, to include cleaning firearms; diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing a variety of common malfunctions, and assembling a firearm from parts.
- Improve firearms by customizing woodwork, engraving metal finishes, and applying custom finishes to firearms.
- Perform basic techniques to fit barreled actions, and describe the process of performing advanced techniques to fit barreled actions.
- Improve firearms accuracy by installing and adjusting metallic sights and/or optics.
- Create strategies for improving firearms by synthesizing advanced procedures, such as accurizing, repairing metal finishes, and advanced woodworking.
- Explain the principles of ballistics as they relate to ammunition production, and explain various procedures for making ammunition.
- Explain machining operations as used in firearms manufacture and customization.
- Evaluate the industry of firearms service, sales, and repair, and apply basic managerial practices to a firearms related business.
- Exhibit best-practices of firearms and firearms-repair safety.
For full course descriptions, please click here.Other Resources: