Laborer Program

Laborer Apprenticeship Program

About The Laborer Program

ABC NM Laborer apprentices earn competitive wages and benefits while working on the job. Depending on the training period an apprentice’s wages are based on a percentage of the journeyperson rate for public works projects or a wage survey for non-public works jobs.

The ABC NM Laborer Apprenticeship Training Program encompasses a minimum of 288 hours of related instruction, and 4,000 hours of on‐the‐job training. Applicants, who can document prior experience, may be eligible to take a placement test and could potentially begin their apprenticeship training program at a higher-class year.

A normal workweek is 40 hours. However, due to the nature of this industry, hours may be more or less depending upon weather conditions, other trades, job delays or other unforeseen situations. Apprentices should be prepared to travel to job sites. Dependable transportation and a valid driver's license are required.

ABC NM Laborer ABC NM apprentices attend school 2 nights a week, 2 semesters a year (Fall and Spring) for 2 years. Apprentices may also be required to attend scheduled Saturday classes throughout the year. In class, ABC NM instructors teach practical application and theory. In addition, demonstrations and “hands‐on” instruction are conducted on safe and proper methods.

After completing ABC NM’s apprenticeship program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from the State of New Mexico and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. More importantly, they will have the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workforce, and hours required for the journeyman license.

Because of the length of the program, commitment to the classroom and on‐the‐job performance requirements, one should be passionate about and dedicated to their chosen trade. When making selection decisions, ABC NM looks for candidates who want to become career Laborers.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) developed the apprenticeship programs to help meet construction industry demands for skilled craftspeople. The ABC NM Laborer Apprenticeship Program is accredited by the State of New Mexico, and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. ABC’s apprenticeship programs help contractors maintain a safe and skilled workforce. With competition as stiff as it is today, quality performance is critical in order to bring construction projects in on time and under budget.

About The Laborer Trade

  • Studies blueprints, sketches and building plans for information pertaining to required materials and dimension of structure or fixture to be fabricated.
  • Prepares construction drawings, format plans, dimensioning and scaling, and estimating materials. Explains how to read and identify drawings for commercial structures, interpret and create plans for architectural, structural, and shop drawing.
  • Site Layout One: Differential leveling. Handling and placing concrete, foundations and Slabs-on-Grade
  • Vertical and Horizontal formwork, reinforcing concrete.
  • Building materials, fasteners, and adhesives.
  • Heavy equipment, forklift, crane safety, steel erection, and electrical safety.
  • Oxyfuel cutting, elevated Masonry, Rough terrain forklifts, and green environment.