Business Facilities, an economic development-focused publication, ranked AIDT number two in the country within the rebranded Workforce Development / Talent Acquisition category. This ranking marks eight consecutive years AIDT has placed in the top five of the rankings with seven of those years in the top two. AIDT is the primary workforce training agency in the state and one of Alabama’s top incentives in the recruitment of business and industry.

For nearly 50 years, AIDT’s commitment to economic and industrial growth within the state has resulted in approximately 5,200 companies assisted and nearly 1 million citizens equipped with valuable skills and abilities. AIDT’s economic impact reached $7 billion in 2019.

AIDT has stayed at the forefront of workforce development through its innovative approaches to common issues, and its ability to partner with education and industry leaders, as well as other state agencies. This includes the continuous evolution of training techniques such as e-learning, virtual reality training, and more traditional hands-on learning.

“Part of the key to our success is that we are constantly looking for ways to improve upon our processes,” said Ed Castile, director of AIDT and head of Commerce’s Workforce Development Division. “AIDT not only delivers what companies need to meet their demands today but continues to innovate and develop ways to deliver what companies will need in the future.”

The mission of AIDT is to provide quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and expanding businesses, and to expand the opportunities of its citizens through the jobs these businesses create. AIDT designs and creates a fully customized training experience and delivers quality candidates to meet the hiring needs of any industry.

Business Facilities also ranked Alabama’s business climate in the top four among the states in an analysis that examined performance in several key economic categories. The publication cited the state’s central Gulf Coast location, thriving automotive and aerospace sectors, as well as its strong workforce development program as primary incentives for businesses looking to locate in the south.

About AIDT
Founded in 1971, AIDT is Alabama’s Workforce Training agency and encourages economic development through job-specific training. Training services are offered in many areas, at no cost, to new and expanding businesses throughout Alabama.

AIDT COVID-19 Virus Update

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 11:35

To combat the spread of the COVID-19, AIDT, in accordance with direction from Governor Kay Ivey, Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, ADPH, and the CDC is following the Governor’s Safer At Home order.

As part of our plan to limit potential exposure to COVID-19, we have limited the size of training classes and will follow strict social distancing guidelines. Masks will be required at all times in class.  We will provide you a mask each night of the class if you don’t have one.  After each class, the training area will be sanitized for the next day.

If you are sick or are showing any signs of the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, you will not be admitted to any class.  If you do not feel comfortable attending a class that you are scheduled for, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The email should include the following information:

  • Class/Company Name
  • Your Name
  • Your Email you used to register for class
  • A Working Phone number
  • A short note that says you will not be attending class and why.

When we receive the email, we will notify the project manager that you will not be attending class.  It is very important that you send this email. This email will allow us to put you into a different class for the same company later once the emergency conditions have been lifted.  There will be absolutely no penalty to you if you chose not to attend class, but you have to let us know.

For current updates to classes and events that have been postponed please visit

Virtual Reality Welding @ the MTC

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 07:57

virtualwelder1The Maritime Training Center has a new addition to its workforce: The Miller Augmented Arc. Miller’s Augmented Arc is an incredibly realistic virtual welding system that includes curriculum and quizzes, both standard and customizable, and welding exercises in a large variety of welding styles and positions. This equipment is designed to help students with no welding experience get an idea of the knowledge required to weld before they even set foot on the shop floor. This includes arc length, speed, work angle, and travel angle.

We will also be bringing this equipment at events like Worlds of Opportunity as a fun way to create an interest in welding for younger students, so be on the look out!

RyanblytheRecently, Ryan Blythe of the Cobb Business Journal visited the Annual Gulf State Shipbuilders Consortium in Mobile, Alabama. He wrote about his assessment of the industry and of Alabama's investment in this industry. His article includes the Maritime Training Center. In his article he mentions says, "The Maritime Training Center in Mobile is a model for the rest of the country." Read more of what he had to say about the Maritime Industry, The Maritime Training Center, and the entire state of Alabama. 

The Most Important Acres in America, by Ryan Blythe
Cobb Business Journal

AWS Skills USA Competition

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:26

On March 2, 2018 the Maritime Training Center hosted the AWS Skills USA competition.  Competing in the Southwest Alabama district were 26 students from 12 high schools. Gold winner Angel Manzano (South Baldwin Center for Technology), silver winner Cody Stitt (South Baldwin Center for Technology), and bronze winner Dylon Williams (South Baldwin Center for Technology) will move on to state finals in Birmingham April 23-25, 2018.


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We are an NCCER accredited training unit under the Gulf State Shipbuilders Consortium and a member of the American Welding Society.
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The Maritime Training Center was designed to meet the growing demand for industrial-related training for the sourthern region of Alabama, and provide job seekers with the qualifications and skills needed to join the growing maritime-related industries.