Electrician Schools and Training in New Mexico
Welcome to the Electrician Careers Guide! We've compiled all the details you need to know to start your professional career as an electrician. There's a lot to know, so we've organized all the data into an easy-to-read manual.
Below, we'll go over how to get started, how to get your license, and the most important topic---how much you can expect to earn. We'll also provide a list of all the electrician schools in New Mexico, as well as union and "merit shop" training opportunities near you.
Important Facts To Start Your Career
Usually, electricians in New Mexico enter the trade either through a training program at a community school/technical school or an apprentice program.
1. Electrician Schools. Electrical training programs at schools are a fantastic way to develop skills in the safety of a laboratory environment. Community schools and tech colleges will show you how to plan and design electrical systems, wire those systems so that they meet the regulations set out in the National Electrical Code (NEC), use job-specific tools and gauges, and maintain systems that have been already been installed. When you graduate, you'll be ready for the job market, and you'll make a little bit more than most entry-level candidates.
2. Apprenticeships. An apprentice is a trainee who is sent to a worksite and paired with someone who knows every aspect of the trade, and "learns by doing." He or she is giving basic tasks, and then given more and more responsibility as training continues. There are classroom hours involved (it can be difficult to teach theoretical aspects of electricity while on the job), but most of the training is done on site. The other fantastic aspect of the program is apprentices get a paycheck for all the work they do.
There are positives and negatives to each option. Schools cost money, but you're able to start right away, and your degree/diploma/certificate is something that proves you have some experience (meaning, you should be able to get a job without too much effort). Apprenticeships are a great option, but there can be a very long waiting period, and positions are usually given to people who have some experience. Plus, some people simply aren't ready for for the program, and need experience in the field before they can be accepted.
An Important Note About Apprenticeships and Licensing
Arizona has a number of different electrician licenses, and you'll eventually want to get licensed. You'll make more money, have more job security, and have more professional opportunities.
In order to get an electrician's license, you may need to obtain and complete an apprentice program, so that may be the best place to start your search.
If you cannot find an apprenticeship, you can get started by going to school, graduating, and getting a job as an electrician's helper or electrician's assistant. You'll be able to find work, and in the meantime, keep looking for apprenticeship opportunities.
How Much Money You Can Expect To Make
If you're looking to enter a trade in New Mexico, there's some good news and some bad news. Here's the good news:
If you're looking to become a licensed electrician, you can expect to make an excellent salary. The average electrician in New Mexico earns $47,890 per year--well above the average state salary of $42,230 per year.
Here's the bad news:
If you'd like to become a construction worker in New Mexico, you'll most likely make around $27,970 per year---well below the average state salary of $42,230 per year. In fact, it's more than $14,000 below it!
Here's a closer look the salaries of different trade work in New Mexico, with facts and figures provided by the federal government's websites about salaries:
|New Mexico||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in NM||$20.31||$42,230|
From the different occupations we've sampled, you can see that plumbers and electricians are on the higher end of the earnings scale. That's not uncommon---plumbers and electricians are trained over the course of many years, and they usually make more money than other trades.
The most interesting statistic, however, is "All Occupations in NM." That measures what the average person living in New Mexico makes per year. That figure---$42,230---is $5,660 less than what the average electrician earns in a year. It's good to know that if you enter the workforce as an electrician, you will be nicely compensated for your work!
List of Schools and Training in New Mexico
In the section that follows, we list all of the electrician schools near you, as well as each union and non-union apprenticeship program in New Mexico.
Contact each of the schools and training programs in your area, and keep a running list of everything that could turn into an opportunity. Good luck!
New Mexico State University (NMSU) at Alamogordo
2400 N. Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista Drive Southeast
Northern New Mexico College
921 North Paseo de Onate
Española, NM 87532
Dona Ana Community College
2800 Sonoma Ranch Boulevard
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Luna Community College
366 Luna Drive
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Western New Mexico University
1000 West College Avenue
Silver City, NM 88062
Union Apprenticeship Programs in New Mexico
JATC of New Mexico
4501 Montbel Loop Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87107
JATC of the Southwestern Line Constructors (AJATC)
8425 Washington Place Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in New Mexico (Non-Union)
Northern New Mexico IEC
5031 Indian School Road
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Southern New Mexico IEC
2215 South Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005