Metal Engraving Certificate Program
Montgomery Community College, Troy NC
What is Metal Engraving? The Metal
Engraving program at Montgomery Community College trains students
in hand-eye coordination, artistic vision, and technology
necessary to embellish metals using a variety of methods. Metal
Engraving offers basic and advanced certificates for which
students earn college credit. Metal Engraving is frequently
paired with the Associate in Applied Science degree program in
Gunsmithing to enhance student skills in finishing fine firearms.
However, Metal Engraving may be taken as a stand-alone
When are classes offered? Metal
Engraving is offered on a weekend/evening schedule: Friday nights
and Saturdays. Classes start each year in August. The Basic
Certificate takes one year to complete. The Advanced Certificate
also takes one year. Students are encouraged to take the basic
classes first, but may enroll in any class without a
prerequisite. Students are strongly encouraged to take the
Tools and Procedures course first, or they should at least
become familiar with tools and terms during their first class.
Will I need my own tools? Students
will need to purchase some of their own tools. Students have
access to a variety of engraving tools in class including
PalmControl® AirGraver®, foot control air tools, sharpening
tools, engraving vices, etc. Students will be able to use the
tools to determine their preferences prior to purchasing their
own. Please contact the instructor, Jesse Houser, at 910-975-3984
to determine which tools will be needed for a specific class.
For general information about registration,
local living accommodations, tuition and fees, etc., please
contact the college Admissions Office at 910-898-9620.
MEG 110 Tools, Terms and Procedures
This course covers tools, equipment,
terminology, and materials used for metal engraving. Topics
include basic tool geometry, basic tool design and construction,
basic engraving cuts, and the care and maintenance of tools and
equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to design and
construct basic engraving tools and make basic engraving cuts in
MEG 111 A & B Scroll Cutting and Design
(two separate classes)
This course introduces the techniques of
drawing and engraving basic bias scroll designs. Topics include
elements of scroll design, drawing techniques, and basic scroll
engraving skills. Upon completion, students should be able to
engrave a product suitable for the metal engraving marketplace.
MEG 115 Lettering and Calligraphy
This course covers the anatomy, layouts,
and cutting of the four basic letter types. Emphasis is placed on
lettering anatomy, balanced lettering layout, hammer chisel
methods, and the use of a paragraph. Upon completion, students
should be able to form a responsive layout using a combination of
This course introduces the bulino method of
push engraving in ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Emphasis is
placed on making basic tools, lettering, fine-line engraving,
printing plates, various scrolls, and the use of microscopes.
Upon completion, students should be able to apply a variety of
bulino engravings to ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
MEG 116 Flush and Raised Inlay
This course introduces different
applications of inlay techniques. Topics include flush inlay,
overlay inlay, sculptured inlay, wire inlay, die sculpture, oak
leaves, and gravermox engraving. Upon completion, students should
be able to apply a variety of inlay techniques to a metal object.
MEG 117 Metal Engraving Applications
This course is designed to simulate
real-life marketplace experiences for the metal engraver.
Emphasis is placed on the independent applications of production
and custom engravings according to simulated work orders. Upon
completion, students should be able to apply engraving skills and
knowledge competently in the marketplace.
MEG 118 Advanced Scroll Drawing
This course provides the opportunity to
develop personal application of the elements of design into
scroll drawings. Emphasis is placed on design elements,
creativity, advanced scroll anatomy, and developing personal
styles. Upon completion, students should be able to incorporate
their own unique style of scroll drawings into complex geometric
NRA Short-Term Engraving Classes
What are NRA short-term classes?
Montgomery Community College has been operating a very successful
NRA short-term gunsmithing school since 1993, offering a variety
of beginning- to advanced-level classes in shooting, reloading,
finishing, customization, armorer’s courses and more.
When is the NRA Metal Engraving class
offered? The NRA Metal Engraving class is held for two weeks
at the end of July/beginning of August. The class limit is 10
Do I need to know how to engrave to take
the class? Beginners and advanced engravers take this class.
More experienced engravers work on live projects and receive more
in-depth instruction. Beginners receive separate instruction with
more attention from the instructor during each step of the
process. Prior to class, students receive a letter or email
requesting information regarding areas of interest and level of
engraving skill. The instructor uses this information to tailor
his instruction according to students’ skills and interests.
Will I need my own tools? Students
have access to PalmControl® AirGraver® tools, foot controls,
various sharpening tools, hammers, various types of chisels, and
other engraving tools as well as instructional videos and
For any questions about the Metal Engraving
program or NRA class, or about tools you wish to purchase prior
to class, please feel free to contact the instructor, Jesse
Houser at 910-975-3984 for information and guidance.
For general questions about registering for
an NRA Engraving class please contact the college Continuing
Education Office at 910-898-9672 or visit our website at