Electrical Apprenticeship Program

With a growing shortage of qualified electrical workers, the time is right to join the electrical industry. Electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including home and commercial buildings, climate control, security, and communications. They also install and maintain the electronic controls for machines in business and industry.

The Engineering Technology (ET) Program at NMSU-A has an educational partnership with the Southern New Mexico Chapter of the IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc) which allows the university to provide a registered Electrical Apprenticeship Program. Under the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Construction Technology, the Electrical Apprenticeship program is offered to NMSU-A students.

This program is approved by the State Apprenticeship Council and the U.S. Department of Labor. Once an apprentice has completed the entire program and has passed the appropriate state of New Mexico examination, he/she is considered a journeyperson. The Electrical Apprenticeship Program incorporates on-the-job training along with related coursework and labs to produce qualified and knowledgeable electricians for both construction and maintenance work.

I would like to thank the Engineering Technology Program at NMSU-Alamogordo for all their guidance and patience in helping me obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree and Certificate in the Electrical Apprenticeship field. The knowledgeable instructors, extensive coverage of the electrical manuals and code book requirements, and the hands-on training prepared me for my new career. I would highly recommend this course of study (trade) offered at NMSU-Alamogordo to anyone interested in entering the electrical trade or to current electricians wanting to enhance their electrical knowledge and job skills.
– Ruben Juarez, NMSU-A Construction Technology Graduate 2009

Apprentices will start out the program learning electrical theory, electrical hand tool functions and operations, OSHA national regulations, as well as first aid and CPR training. The OEET instructor, Dennis Mrkvicka, is a retired Electrical Power Engineer and has attended the IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors) sponsored teacher training in preparation for the courses.

I chose NMSU-A and the Electrical Apprenticeship Program to further my education and skills in the electrical field. The program was extremely important in my daily line of work and provided me with the necessary skills for my profession. My family is very happy and proud of my educational and professional accomplishments which were made possible by the Electrical Apprenticeship Program. I now give back to the Program by providing real-world instruction and hands-on training to the present students.
– Graham Gilbreath, Zuni Electric

For more information on the Electrical Apprenticeship degree contact the ET Program at: etnmsua@nmsu.edu. You may also contact the NMSU-A Academic Advising Department at advisingnmsua@nmsu.edu or visit the Engineering Technology Program website.