New training center for Airbus to open

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Looking for a job with Airbus?

A new job training facility opened Tuesday at the Brookley Aeroplex to teach skills needed to work at the Airbus plant in Mobile.

It took a few snips of the scissors to cut the ribbon, but the AIDT Alabama Aviation Training Center is officially open.


It will help train people to work at Airbus.

AIDT Assistant Director Lee Hammett said, “They’re going to learn the electrical components of the aircraft, flight testing, the assembly, of course: every aspect of the airplane we will be teaching here.”

Airbus Chairman and CEO Allan McArtor said, “They’ve done a great job on this facility. Everybody is very proud of it.”

Hammett said, “We’ve got six classrooms in the facility, six labs where we can do hands-on training, an open shop area.”


And, as far as construction work at the Airbus facility, McArtor said, “The Final Assembly facility is on schedule, on budget.”

Airbus officials said the next building expected to open is the power house.

That’s the building that will supply utilities to the assembly line.

Its expected to be completed in late August.

McArtor said, “The power house is near completion right now. All of these projects are coming out of the ground. We’ve completing the letting of all these contracts, most of which, by the way, are Alabama and local contractors, which was the idea to start with.”


But, next month could be a big month in luring Airbus-related business and suppliers to the Mobile area.

The Farnborough International Air Show takes place in England, one stop shopping for talking to airline executives.

Alabama Commerce Director Greg Canfield said, “We’ve already got appointments lined up with the governor, so we’re going to be taking about doing business in Alabama.”

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