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New Mexico’s economy is recovering, which means that as it grows, the need for construction also grows. If you want to work in the construction industry, here are some basic facts to get you started.
If you are starting any sort of construction work within the borders of New Mexico, you must have the right contracting license. You need a license for general construction and specialty trades such as plumbing, liquefied petroleum gas, mechanical, and electrical work. To get a license, you have to pass an exam and submit an application. To apply, you need a business entity that is either owned by or employs at least one qualifying party.
A qualified party must have the required experience. The amount of experience needed varies from city to city. Check the city’s guidelines before applying. Once the city or county approves your application, you can schedule the exam. When scheduling the exam, you must provide a qualifying party application and a work experience affidavit.
It’s against the law in New Mexico to contract without a license. Anyone who gets caught working without the right contracting license may face criminal charges. Anyone convicted has to wait one full year before being eligible to apply for a license.
The soil in New Mexico typically consists of sand, silt, and clay. Sand is any soil with particles that range from 0.5 millimeters to 5.0 millimeters. Silt and clay have smaller particles than those found in sand. Clay results from alterations to the original rock material and silt consists of small particles of disintegrated rock.
One issue you run into with clay soil is that it expands when it’s wet and contracts when it’s dry. For this reason, clay doesn’t make for the best adobe bricks in New Mexico. At most, these bricks can have 30 percent clay. Otherwise, they shrink and crack as they dry. Having clay soil — especially if it’s on one of New Mexico’s floodplains — can cause problems in the future. It’s something you’ll need to consider as you plan your project.
As you prepare for the construction job, find out what type of soil the job site has. You should also consider how it may affect what equipment you need on sites, such as compaction equipment and rollers. The soil might also affect what type of equipment you get for other activities. For example, if you need aerial equipment, like scissor lifts, boom lifts, forklifts, or manlifts, you may need a specific type of machine that can handle the land conditions.
New Mexico’s Department of Workforce Solutions publishes a monthly Labor Market Review detailing how things currently sit with employment in the state. According to the April 2017 issue, construction from April 2016 to April 2017 grew by 6 percent, which was the second-highest non-farm industry after education services.
There’s a lot of potential in the New Mexico market for construction workers. Maybe it’s time to take advantage of the opportunity.