About Us


GOCAT building

Missouri State University-West Plains training facility at GOCAT is a partnership between Missouri State University – West Plains and the City of West Plains to bring advanced technological training and community education to area residents.

MSU-WP offers the university’s Associate of Applied Science in Technology degree with options in Advanced Industrial Maintenance, Terry L. (Bo) Pace Advanced Welding & Fabrication Technology, and Manufacturing & Technology Management.  Certificate programs in each of these areas are also offered.

These hands-on, skills training programs prepare students for employment in manufacturing industries with automated processes, welding and fabrication. Students will have knowledge in materials, automated manufacturing, applied electricity, mechanical and fluid power systems and be well suited for technician positions.

In addition, customized training programs can be provided on an as-needed basis to area businesses and industries.

For more information on any of our programs, please contact  the Office of Workforce Development at (417) 255-7784.


Subject area

Courses offered within the degree and certificate programs include electronics, electricity (AC/DC), CNC machining, computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's), sensors, robotics, hydraulics, welding, fabrication, and more. Graduates will be ready to pursue entry-level careers in various industries and occupations such as electrician technician; installation technician;  maintenance and repair technician; welder; robotics programmer; millwright and many other opportunities.

Customized training

Missouri State University - West Plains has a wide variety of programs and courses to improve productivity in business and industry. Our Essential Workplace Skills certificate provides the opportunity for students to develop interpersonal skills, problem-solving, ethical decision making and communication skills. Additional programs in human resources, leadership, computer applications and customer service are just a sampling of other training we provide.


For more information on tuition and fees for any of our academic programs, contact the business office. Financial aid may be available. If you have a group of employees to train or a particular challenge for your business, contact Garland Barton, Corporate Education and Business Engagement at (417) 255-7785 for more information. We offer value-added, affordable training customized for your needs.

MSU-WP/GOCAT Training Facility

  • Located at 395 Jackie D. Garrett Drive