The facility will be used to train Watco team members in various roles at the company. Engineer classes will last for three weeks at a time and the conductor course will last approximately two weeks. In 2016, Watco trained nearly 200 initial ground school students along with 75 engineer students, according to an article in Alabama News Center. In 2017, the company anticipates a 10-percent increase in number of workers it trains.
The STAT Center also features a functional model railroad layout used to assist in non-traditional instruction of rail operations.
Watco manages 37 railroads throughout the United States and Australia.