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Machinist Apprenticeship Program

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and marching procedures.


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

Who Can Be a Machinist?

Must be 18 years of age or older, have a High School Diploma/GED, and be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the job: calculate dimensions or tolerances using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers; machining parts to specifications using machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders; set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools to perform precision machining operations; align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines; measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and to ensure conformance to specifications using precision instruments such as micrometers. Abilities include but are not limited to arm-hand steadiness, manual dexterity, control precision, finger dexterity, and multilimb coordination.

*Individual program requirements may vary, such as have a certificate of Machine Tool Technology or equivalent certificate from a recognized institution or three years of relevant work experience, pass a background investigation, pass a pre-employment drug screen, obtain a Department of Energy Q clearance, be insurable on company insurance, or possess a NM Driver's License. Contact the program directly to inquire about minimum requirements and the application process.

Program Sponsor

Los Alamos National Laboratories
P.O. Box 1663 MS E547
Los Alamos, NM 87545


David Fontaine
(505) 665-069

Murdock Machine Shop
P.O. Box 1438
Artesia, NM 88211

Allan Murdock
(575) 746-4442

Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800 MS 0873
Albuquerque, NM 87185-0877

Kaitlin Melanson

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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