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Operator (Heavy Equipment) Apprenticeship Program

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.


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

Who Can Be an Operator?

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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