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Alabama Industries Metals & Advanced Materials

From metal fabrication to 3-D printing high-tech jet engine parts to producing carbon fiber, Alabama metal and advance materials sector is growing and creating opportunities for companies that build other products or supply the tools and materials needed to make them.

Alabama exports more than $1.5 billion in primary metal annually.

Alabama has 16 National Institutes for
Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certified
programs in the state.

AIDT, Alabama’s #1 incentive, provides a
total workforce delivery system at no cost to
qualified employers.

Alabama is home to 3 of the nation’s 7
major pipe-makers.

1,100 primary metal
companies in Alabama

Alabama’s primary and
fabricated metal
manufacturing workforce is
nearly 45,000 strong

Leading Metal and Advanced Manufacturing Companies in Alabama

Colleges with Welding Certificates/Associates

Welding offered at 18 public two-year institutions at 28 campuses. Over 3,500 graduates from the past five years.

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Colleges with Machine Tool Technology / CNC Certificates/Associates

Machine Tool Technology / CNC offered at 13 public two-year institutions at 18 campuses. Over 850 graduates from the past five years.

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Metals and Advanced Materials Educational Programs and Partnerships

Academic partnerships and top-ranked educational institutions offer world-class engineering programs, labs, and research for Advance Materials. 29 four-year colleges and universities and 24 two-year community and technical colleges are strategically located throughout the state.

The Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University

The center is focused on applying basic applied research for the needs of a variety of defense, recreational, healthcare and commercial areas.

Advanced Composite Materials Laboratory, the University of Alabama

Includes facilities for manufacturing, characterization and modeling of advanced composites and nanostructured materials.

Auburn University

Offers Masters and Doctorate degrees in Polymer and Fiber Engineering. There have been 24 completions during the past 5 years.

Center for Polymer and Advanced Composites at Auburn University

This center is designed to foster collaboration between industry and university researchers.

Structural Composites Laboratory, University of Alabama at Huntsville

Supports research in the behavior and manufacturing of advanced fiber composites and cementitious composite materials.

University of Alabama, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Program

Grants Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees. Faculty and students in the programs are also involved in research in the areas of metal matrix composites, mechanical properties of materials and metals, and metal processing.

Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing (NCAME) Excellence

NCAME trains and educates the next wave of additive manufacturing (AM) specialists, researchers, technicians, end-users, innovators, and more.

University of Alabama in Birmingham Materials Processing & Applications Development (MPAD) Center

Serves the automotive, transportation, defense, infrastructure and energy industries for advanced engineered plastics and composites design, analysis, processing, manufacture and product development.

Metals & Advanced Materials News

North America’s most advanced additive manufacturing facility opens in Tanner

North America’s most advanced additive manufacturing facility opens in Tanner Wednesday. The Emerging Technology Center in Tanner is an investment by Carpenter Technology. They say the 500,000 square foot facility will be the “only AM facility in North America with true end-to-end capabilities.” Carpenter Technology is investing more than $50 million in the ETC and it’s…

UA will help NASA develop tech for future missions

The University of Alabama and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will collaborate to enhance research that will help the space agency develop advanced technology for future missions. The collaboration will also create opportunities for UA students and researchers to be part of cutting-edge technologies. To read more of the story go to: Tuscaloosa News

Calhoun Community College receives No. 1 national ranking

Calhoun Community College in north Alabama is No. 1 in the nation. And, no, not in college football. The state’s largest community college – with campuses in Decatur and Huntsville – announced Wednesday it ranks No. 1 in the country in awarding degrees in advanced manufacturing. The ranking comes from Economic Modeling Specialist International and…

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