CDL Schools in New Mexico (Top Programs Listed)

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CDL Schools in New Mexico

If you consider a new career in the trucking industry in New Mexico, your first step is to enroll in a training school.

However, learning a bit more about the field even before that step is where you really have to start.

Training Schools

New Mexico has a good selection of schools for trucking or diesel technology programs.

The tuition is not high, however, the students can obtain scholarships that can help them pay it.

Some of these institutions offer scholarships only for certain programs.

One such example is the San Juan College in Farmington that offers several grants for its diesel technology programs.

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School NameAddress
Artesia Training Academy LLC3205 W Main, Artesia, NM 88210
Central New Mexico Community College525 Buena Vista Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Doña Ana Community College2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88011
Eastern New Mexico University52 University Blvd., Roswell, NM 88203
Gallup CDL Training1707 W. Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301
International Schools141 Quinella Rd, Sunland Park, NM 88063
International Schools226 S Alameda St, Deming, NM 88030
International Schools – Dona Ana Community College2345 E. Nevada Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Jaguar Express Truck Driving School Of Santa Fe7034 Camino Rojo, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
Luna Community College366 Luna Dr, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Mesilla Valley Training Institute3530 W Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88007
Mesalands Community College911 S 10th St, Tucumcari, NM 88401
New Mexico Junior College1 Thunderbird Circle, Hobbs, NM 88240
New Mexico Tech801 Leroy Pl, Socorro, NM 87801, USA
Rocky Mountain Truck Driving School2705 Princeton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
San Juan College4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM 87402
University of New Mexico - Valencia Campus280 La Entrada, Los Lunas, NM 87031

Comparing the Truck Driving Schools

Choosing where you’ll study is important, but considering the possibility of a scholarship, perhaps the financial aspect is less important.

Many folks want to start their new careers as quickly as they can.

This means that the amount you spend in school will definitely influence your decision.

However, the duration of the program will directly impact the type of job you can get once you graduate.

Some schools have several programs to offer to future students, and this aspect can influence your choice.

For instance, you can study for one year and obtain a diesel technology certificate.

You can even go for an Associates’ degree in the same field if you’re willing to study for 2 years.

If you want to spend less time in school, a truck driving license could be the option you’re looking for.

The duration of the program is mostly influenced by which class license you want to obtain.

For instance, the training for the Class A  license lasts between 4 and 8 weeks.

On the other hand, you can spend 40 hours studying and get the Class B license.

Do keep in mind that a Class A license holder can drive Class B vehicles too.

Class B license holders however are not allowed to drive Class A vehicles.

Job Outlook in New Mexico

Knowing how much you’ll earn in the trucking industry is also important when deciding.

The median salary for truck drivers is $40,422 per year, but this may not be your salary if you work in a different sector.

You should know that the demand for truck drivers is expected to rise 19%, while diesel mechanics can expect to find 12% more jobs.

The salary for the truck drivers in the top 10% is, on average, $46,846 per year.

You can have a look at the median salaries in New Mexico’s major cities, in the table below.

Annual Salary Range:
$35K
$40K
$46K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Albuquerque$41,582
Las Cruces$37,591
Rio Rancho$41,450
Santa Fe$41,793
Roswell$38,785
Farmington$41,024
Clovis$39,177
Hobbs$38,153
Alamogordo$39,449
Carlsbad$38,785

There are many settings waiting for you once you complete your education.

A few examples include dealerships and repair shops for diesel mechanics and trucking companies for truck drivers.

Conclusion

Remember that unlike many other fields, those interested in the trucking industry, they can enter it right after getting their diplomas or license.

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