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Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley
Program Coordinator: Lisa Bray, 816.604.5281

Millwrights install, repair, replace and dismantle machinery and heavy equipment used in industries. They diagnose and solve mechanical problems, read blueprints, weld and work with mechanical, fluid power and electrical systems.

Modern millwrights work with steel, wood and other materials and to fabricate industrial machinery or assemble machines from pre-fabricated parts.

Our certificate gives you a solid education to enter the workforce in about a year. The degree adds a general education background so you can transfer for a bachelor's degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this career called "millwright?"

Early millwrights were specialist carpenters who constructed machines used in early mills for grain, food processing and textile, lumber and paper production. Modern millwrights not only work with wood, but also steel and other materials.

How long does it take to earn a certificate or degree?

It only takes five courses in the program to be job ready. Typically, our students will then get a job and take courses part time to complete the associate in applied science degree over a three-to-four year period.

How much does it cost?

MCC is a great value. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the area - about 1/3 that of public four-year schools and a tiny fraction of private colleges. We offer many ways to pay plus a tuition payment plan to make it even easier to afford college. Calculate your estimated tuition cost here.

Will my credits transfer to other colleges or universities?

Most general education courses transfer easily so you can pursue a bachelor's degree. This program also has transfer agreements with DeVry University and the University of Central Missouri. Check with an advisor or counselor to make sure your transfer will go smoothly.

Can the skills I've developed on the job count toward my certificate or degree?

Yes, you can test out of certain courses.

What does it take to succeed in this work?

Some of the personal characteristics needed for this career:

  • Physical ability: Must be physically fit and able to lift at least 75 pounds on a regular basis. Certain aspects of millwright work require lifting, pulling and holding heavy tools, equipment and other objects. There is also a lot of stooping and standing for long stretches.
  • Attention to detail: Ability to focus and be thorough with details.
  • Independence: Ability to work with little or no supervision and depend on yourself to complete tasks.
  • Dependability: Responsible, reliable and dependable to fulfill obligations.
  • Analytical thinking: Logic in analyzing work-related issues and problems.
  • Concern for others: Be aware and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, as well as being helpful and understanding on the job.
  • Innovation: Creativity and alternative thinking to solve work-related problems and develop new ideas.
  • Cooperation: Positive, pleasant attitude in order to work in a team environment.
  • Initiative: Willingness to take on tasks, responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence: Ability to stick with difficult job tasks in the face of adversity to fulfill work assignments.
  • Self control: Must be able to stay calm, focused and composed even in adverse situations, and control emotions, anger and aggressive behavior.

What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC?

MCC delivers the most cost-effective technical career preparation in Kansas City, MO. We are a publicly funded college with quality programs and full accreditation.

  • Our classes combine instructor-led and on-line learning with hands-on lab work.
  • State-of-the-art labs train with the same equipment you'll find in industry.
  • Industry-experienced professionals teach convenient day and evening classes.
  • Our graduates are in demand. The millwright certificate/degree from MCC-BTC is well respected among local industries.

Still have questions? Contact Lou Tobin, 816.604.5217

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