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    Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator or Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Rigging, assist in crane setup area including location of utilities, equipment, lubricate moving parts of crane, vehicles, and equipment, locate barriers in the correct position, obtain/calculate weight of material to be hoisted, use of load charts, safety limitations, hand signals, operating controls, nomenclature, driving course, knowledge of the different types of cranes, NCCCO written test prep, NCCCO Practical Training and Testing.

Focus on diesel engines on heavy equipment and welding. Engines: gas, diesel, electric, and steam systems; electrical, cooling, fuel, hydraulic power train, clutches, transmissions, differentials, rear ends, preventative maintenance, greases and oils, basic repairs and adjustments, cutting, burning, and welding.

Orientation to safety, grade checking, lubrication, general maintenance, excavating, and other types of earthmoving, compacting, paving equipment, such as, but not limited to, backhoes, loaders, dozers, scrapers, rollers, all compaction equipment, all types of paving machines including machines, etc. Hoisting-type equipment such as, but not limited to, cranes, derricks, hoists, piledriving rigs, tower cranes, forklifts, or similar equipment. Stationary-type equipment such as, but no limited to, air compressors, pumps, electric generating plants, all forms of drilling and boring equipment, crusher operations, concrete batch plants and hot plants, grade setting, and earthwork.

Operate, start, stop, or maintain stationary engines, or other mechanical equipment. Operate, start, stop, and adjust auxiliaries water systems. Fuels burners and systems, controls and instruments electrical equipment, and miscellaneous equipment. Check and record while plant is operating: all moving parts, pressures, temperatures, level flows, meters, control settings, concentrations operating loads, record operating date, plant safety. Testing: controls and instruments, safety and relief devices, system and zone load balance, with chemicals. Maintenance: preliminary use of tools, blueprint reading/drawing, welding/oxy-acetylene cutting, pipe-fitting repair, power tools, adjusting bearings/etc., electrical repair, controls and instrumentation, and lubrication.


Average Salary in New Mexico based on the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Who Can Be a Heavy Equipment Operator or Heavy Duty Mechanic?

Must have all original documents listed: application, transcript, diploma or GED, birth certificate, résumé, driver’s license, social security card, and Work Keys test results (must have a minimum score of 3 in reading for information, 3 in applied mathematics, and 4 in applied technology).

Inclement weather, outside, exposed to extremely hot and cold weather. Will work indoors, as well. Noisy and dusty conditions. Extremely physical work including bending and heavy lifting. Required to wear personal protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, hearing protection, safety shoes, gloves, etc.

Program Sponsor

Operating Engineers Local 953 Journeyman & Apprentice Training Trust Fund
3508 Los Picaros Rd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87119

Kristen Spath

To obtain general information about registered apprenticeship, please fill out the form below and a representative from the State Apprenticeship Office will contact you by email.

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