• YouTube Twitter Instagram Facebook
  • Office Locations Contact Us
  • Become a


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

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.

  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Become an application


    Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

  • Do you want to become a


    Assemble, install, alter and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems.

  • Do you want to become an


    Raise, place and unite iron or steel girders, columns and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.

  • Do you want to become an


    Perform preliminary work with the material and tools of the trade; residential and commercial rough wiring and finish work including the installation of various kinds of wires, cables and conduits per the National Electrical Code; industrial lighting and service installation; motors controls and installation including emergency generators, relays and timing devices.

Can't find what you're looking for?

Contact us and we'll do our best to answer your questions.