About Us

Assistant Professor Jim Hart demonstrates the dissectible machine.

GOCAT is a partnership between Missouri State University – West Plains, South Central Career Center and the City of West Plains to bring advanced technological training and community education to area residents.

MSU-WP and SCCC have pooled their resources to offer the university’s Associate of Applied Science in Technology degree with options in Alternative Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Industrial Maintenance and Technology Management.  Certificate programs in these areas are also offered.

These program options prepare students for employment in industries with automated processes. Students will have knowledge in materials, automated manufacturing, applied electricity and electronics, mechanical systems and fluid power and be well suited for technician positions.

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

For more information on any of our programs, please contact (417) 255-7784.


Subject area

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

Customized training

Missouri State-West Plains has a wide variety of programs and courses to improve productivity in business and industry. Our Workplace Employability 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 can provide.


For more information on tuition and fees for one of the academic programs, contact the admission office. Financial aid may be available. If you have a group of employees to train or a particular challenge for your business, contact Director of Workforce Development, Sheila Barton for more information. We offer value-added, affordable training customized for your needs.

Associate's degree

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technology, with options in Alternative Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Advanced Industrial Maintenance, Manufacturing Management and Technology Management are available to students through a combination of seated, blended, online and laboratory courses.


Each of the options within the AAS degree, Alternative Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Advanced Industrial Maintenance, Manufacturing Management and Technology Management, are also offered as stand-alone certificate programs. The courses in these certificates may also be used to complete the AAS in Technology. Certificates offered are appropriate for students interested in improving job skills and opportunities in manufacturing and technical fields. Certificates generally can be obtained in less than one year.

Skills you will learn as a student:

  • Alternative Energy: Electricity, electronics, biofuels, solar and wind energy
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology: Welding, automated manufacturing, materials and processes
  • Advanced Industrial Maintenance: PLC's, automated, automated systems, mechanical systems and fluid power, Industry 4.0, industrial controls
  • Technology Management: Safety, supply chain, quality and project management


  • Manufacturing technicians – Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures; calibrate or adjust equipment to ensure quality productions, using tools such as calipers and micrometers; set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment; and troubleshooting, analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Production, planning and expediting – Distribute production schedules or work orders to departments; review documents, such as production schedules, work orders or staffing, to determine personnel or material requirements; requisition and maintain inventories of supplies; arrange for delivery, assembly or distribution of supplies.
  • Maintenance repair technician – Inspect, operate or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions; dismantle machines, equipment or devices to access and remove defective parts; perform routine maintenance such as inspecting drives, motors or belts, checking fluid levels, replacing filers or doing other preventative maintenance actions; diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals or parts catalogs, as necessary; repair machines, equipment or structures, using tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, wrenches, or equipment such as precision measuring instruments and electrical/electronic testing devices.

Career development assistance is available. For more information or to enroll, contact the admissions office at (417) 255-7955 or at WPAdmissions@MissouriState.edu.

GOCAT facility

  • Located at 395 Jackie D. Garrett Drive
  • Approximately 16,000 sq. feet
  • Four classrooms, computer lab, community conference room and Fab Lab
  • Large shop area with 4 bay doors