Automotive Manufacturing Talent in Missouri

Every Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana is born in Missouri. Many of the Ford Transit vans and more than 300,000 Ford F-150s are made here.

Missouri is a center for automotive manufacturing excellence, supported by a cost-competitive, pro-business and innovative environment. In 2018, Missouri automotive manufacturers built more than 776,000 vehicles, and since 2010 more than 2.5 billion has been invested in Missouri’s automotive facilities.

If you are looking for hard working and highly skilled talent look no farther than Missouri. With more than 3 million educated workers, Missouri’s talent pool is deep, specialized and experienced in our states key growth areas including advanced manufacturing, ag-tech, logistics and more. More than 265,000 of our workers are employed in the manufacturing industry. Missouri talent is driving innovation and building a modern, cutting edge economic environment. We are creative and innovative with a strong pro-business work ethic and strong technology acumen. Home to many certified work ready communities, Missouri employees are hard-working, conscientious, and have a proven ability to adjust to technology and workforce evolution. Our Missouri Works Training program offers technical training for a wide range of eligible industries. Additionally, Missouri’s competitive cost of living and vibrant culture enables employers to provide employees with a high quality of life at a lower cost than almost anywhere in the U.S.

Automobile mechanics technician programs:

  • Crowder College (Neosho)
  • East Central College (Union)
  • Jefferson College (Hillsboro)
  • Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City)
  • Mineral Area College (Park Hills)
  • Ozarks Technical Community College (Springfield)
  • Ranken Technical College (St. Louis and Wentzville)
  • Saint Louis Community College
  • State Fair Community College (Sedalia)
  • State Technical College (Linn)

The University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) offers an Automotive Technology Management program. UCM is one of fewer than 20 universities in the nation meeting the demand for well-qualified, corporate level and technical graduates.

Missouri Colleges and Universities:
Degrees in precision production, engineering or engineering technology (mechanical and electrical):

    • Crowder College (Neosho): AS
    • DeVry University (Kansas City): AS, BS
    • East Central College (Union): ASJefferson College (Hillsboro): AS
    • Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City): AS
    • Mineral Area College (Park Hills): AS
    • Missouri State University (Springfield): BS
    • Missouri Southern State University (Joplin): AS
    • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla): BS, MS, PhD
    • Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph): BS
    • Moberly Area Community College: AS
    • North Central Missouri College (Trenton): AS
    • Ozarks Technical Community College (Springfield): AS
    • Pinnacle Career Institute (Kansas City): AS
    • Ranken Technical College (St. Louis and Wentzville): AS
    • Rockhurst University (Kansas City): BS
    • Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau): BS
    • St. Charles Community College: AS
    • St. Louis Community College: AS
    • Saint Louis University: BS
    • State Fair Community College (Sedalia): AS
    • State Technical College of Missouri (Linn): AS
    • University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg): BS
    • University of Missouri (Columbia): BS, MS, PhD
    • University of Missouri-Kansas City: BS, MS
    • University of Missouri-St. Louis (joint program with Washington University in St. Louis): BS
    • Washington University in St. Louis: BS, MS, PhD

We are extremely appreciative of this program!

We are extremely appreciative of this program!  DED and our LEA have done a great job simplifying the processes and have been extremely flexible with us.

– Jeff Heisler – Quaker Window Products Company
We gainfully trained a variety of employees on various topics

This grant provided opportunities to improve our company in ways that wouldn’t have been possible without it. Working with OTC Center for Workforce Development, we gainfully trained a variety of employees on various topics directly related to improving financial performance, quality, safety and employee relations.

– Travis Weathermon – SRC Automotive, Inc.
The State's Training Program has been very beneficial

The State’s Training Program has been very beneficial for Henkel in providing opportunities for increased skill development and the integration of new equipment.

– Carol Croft – Henkel US Operations, Inc.
Engineered Lubricants

We have been greatly served by our LEA. We have been exposed to training opportunities that have benefited our employees inside and outside of work.

– Erin Weber
We were able to increase our service offering

Because of this training program, we were able to increase our service offering adding an additional $4M in revenue so far in 2019 for Dynamics 365 Business Central, and Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. We have been able to relocate multiple new employees to Missouri and we are now looking to add another office in Kansas City, Missouri.

– John Tocco – Turnkey Tech
Starting USA Corporation

The training opportunities we are able to provide our employees because of this program are critical to the success of our employees and ultimately to that of our company.

– Tina Gargas
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