Industry Tours


Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 8 – 11 a.m

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As part of the forum’s effort to connect CTE pathways to the workforce, attendees will tour an innovative business and learn the skills and qualities employers are looking for in workers. Tours are included in the registration fee and are limited to one tour per person. Transportation will be provided.

Attendees who do not wish to attend a tour or have difficulty traveling are welcome to register for the movie event Most Likely to Succeed.

All attendees will review and discuss their experiences afterward during the Tour Debrief and Lunch at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

AIDT Maritime Training Center - NEW

Spots Available: 30
Requirements: None

AIDT (Alabama Industrial Development Training) is an independent agency that encourages economic development through job-specific training. It launched a maritime training program in Mobile, Alabama in 2007 to provide job seekers with qualifications and skills needed to join the growing maritime industry.

Its 67,000 square foot facility features classrooms, computer labs, an electrical lab and a non-destructive testing lab. On the shop floor, there are 60 welding booths, a CNC plasma table, a sub-arc welder, a track welder and a large lay-down yard with overhead crane access. It also has a counter-balanced rough terrain forklift, man-lift, scaffold building, and a 10-ton overhead crane and rigging for safety training.

The AIDT Maritime Training Center is available to all maritime and industrial companies and offers instruction in industry standards, upgraded technologies and custom training.

Attendees will get to see how industry trains and prepares employees to enter the workforce. This authentic lens will provide the framework for designing and implementing projects that mirror problem solving in business and industry. Additionally, attendees can gain a perspective on how to enhance business and industry partnerships.

Aker Solutions

Spots Available: 24
Requirements: Closed-toe shoes

Aker Solutions is a global company with 13,000 employees in 20 countries. From subsea to surface and concept to decommissioning, their technical expertise and strong partnerships provide energy companies the solutions they need to succeed.

The Mobile, Alabama facility makes unique and robust umbilical systems for oil and gas production. Umbilicals link surface and seafloor oil and gas equipment for controls, power or heat. They provide electric and fiber-optic signals, electrical power, and hydraulic and chemical injection fluids to the subsea unit.

Attendees will come away with knowledge of the extensive use of 5S in manufacturing and skills and organization required to deliver products in today’s marketplace.

Austal USA

Spots Available: 43
Requirements: Must have two forms of ID, no photography, closed-toe leather shoes

Austal USA is a global defense prime contractor and a designer and manufacturer of defense and commercial ships. For more than 27 years, Austal has been a leader in the design, construction and maintenance of revolutionary ships for governments, navies and ferry operators around the world.

Austal USA is honored to be prime contractor of two major U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs: the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) — formerly named the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The largest employer in Mobile, Austal USA’s state-of-the-art facility occupies approximately 164 acres and is located on the Mobile River approximately 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

Attendees will come away with skills needed in the workforce and in ship building.

Continental Motors, Inc.

Spots Available: 54
Requirements: Closed-toe leather shoes

Continental Motors is a recognized world leader in the development of aviation products. Their engines power over half of general aviation aircraft all over the world. Their vision is to be the leading worldwide general aviation piston engine products and services company.

The commitment to the strength, safety and happiness of their employees is evidenced by the average tenure of more than 13 years. At Continental Motors, the manufacturing team is highly skilled in areas such as machining, assembling, testing, heat treat and plating as they strive to build quality products and lead in technical innovation.

Attendees will come away with hands-on experiences, knowledge of how 5S is used in manufacturing and the skills needed by today’s workforce.


Spots Available: 27
Requirements: None

Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies. Their operations are grouped in three segments — Nutrition and Care, Resource Efficiency and Performance Materials — which are run as independent companies operating as entrepreneurs within the enterprise.

Mobile, Alabama is home to Evonik’s largest North American site. The 700 or so employees here produce hydrogen peroxide, fumed silica and the animal feed additive methionine, among other chemicals. In addition, they have extended to the U.S. the production of alkoxides, which are used as catalysts in biodiesel production. Evonik’s specialty catalyst for biodiesel production makes it the global market leader in the field.


Spots Available: 27
Requirements: No jewelry, closed-toe leather shoes

Kimberly-Clark’s essential brands touch nearly one of four people globally every day. The Mobile, Alabama plant is a regional manufacturing, distribution and operations facility for its parent company, Kimberly-Clark, which maintains headquarters in Dallas. The Mobile facility is responsible for manufacturing tissue products, including facial tissue, bathroom tissue, hand towels and wipes for home and commercial use.

On site, Kimberly-Clark has their own power plant. With about 800 people employed, the company foresees a demand for engineers, electrical and instrumentation technicians, maintenance, and other technically-trained employees in the near future.

Attendees will come away with information on the importance of technical and engineering skills in the manufacturing process and other workforce skills sought by business and industry.

Movie: Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely To Succeed is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. With stubbornly high levels of young adult unemployment and underemployment, the film explores the broken bargain that diplomas equal employability. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again! Join your colleagues for viewing and discussion.

Standard Furniture

Spots Available: 28
Requirements: None

Family-owned and American-based, Standard Furniture has operated manufacturing and distribution facilities in Bay Minette, Alabama since 1946. Combined, Standard Furniture has nearly a thousand employees both domestically and overseas.

With more than 80 percent of its workforce based in the U.S., the 1.4 million square feet of manufacturing space, 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space and fleet of 40+ trucks enable the company to design, source, manufacture and distribute product categories including bedroom, dining, occasional, entertainment and youth.

Attendees will come away with an understanding of the importance of organization in manufacturing management and changing processes to sustain product marketability.

SSAB Americas

Spots Available: 35
Requirements: Must have photo I.D. to sign in; jewelry or silicon rings are prohibited; must wear closed-toe, hard-sole shoes (high heeled shoes and boots are prohibited); skirts, dresses and shorts are prohibited; no cameras or recording devices (including cellular camera phones) may be used during the tour
WARNING: If you wear a pacemaker, you are prohibited from entering the EAF due to the furnace disrupting the electrical impulses from the pacemaker, possibly causing it to malfunction.

Located in Mobile, Alabama and Montpelier, Iowa, SSAB Americas is the largest producer and supplier of steel plate in North America. Its modern steel mills utilize a scrap-based, electric arc furnace method and have a combined annual production capacity of 2.4 million tonnes.

SSAB Alabama has one of the world’s most advanced Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T) lines with a capacity to produce 300,000 tonnes of Q&T heavy plate a year. SSAB Americas also manufactures a wide range of quality steel products including Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) that are used in energy, heavy transportation, construction infrastructure and mining industries.

The facility is located on 780 acres. There are approximately 860 people working on the site, 585 SSAB employees and 275 full time contractor employees. 

Tour participants can expect to spend 2.5 to 3 hours viewing a scrap-based, electric arc furnace method of steel production with an emphasis on customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and commitment to the environment.

VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc.

Spots Available: 25                                                                                      

Requirements: Closed-toe walking shoes, no photography

VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc., at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, is a renowned provider of aircraft maintenance and modification (AMM) services for both commercial airlines and air freight operators. VT MAE provides a full spectrum of high quality, reliable and timely AMM and engineering solutions with the know-how and experience to comprehensively manage complex projects, ensuring its customers’ aircraft operate safely and efficiently.

Now in the 25th year of operations, VT MAE, a business unit of the aerospace division of VT Systems, has more than 1,000 employees and operates nearly 900,000 square feet of hangar space, support shops, offices and ramp space. VT MAE is capable of accommodating eight wide-body and 10 narrow-body aircraft simultaneously in 10 large hangars.

Attendees will come away with knowledge of the vast array of skills needed in aircraft modification and maintenance industry.