Workforce Development Education and Training

Developing a strong, talented local workforce.

Workforce Training & Education Initiatives

In recent months, N3B has worked to expand its workforce training programs across Northern New Mexico to include an Apprentice Program and a Radiological Control Technician (RCT) Boot Camp, as well as other educational initiatives geared toward improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Investing in a Skilled Workforce

The N3B Nuclear Operators Apprenticeship Program — a two-year workforce development initiative modeled on the highly successful Apprentice School at Huntington Ingalls Industries, one of N3B’s parent companies. In August 2019, the maxiumum of five students were enrolled in the  inaugural N3B Apprenticeship Program at Northern New Mexico College in Española with a graduation date of July 2021. In addition to having tuition expenses reimbursed, students are paid a 40-hour-per week salary while they are
students. Upon successful completion of the program, they are offered full-time employment at N3B as nuclear  operators with a comprehensive benefits package and a matching 401(k) retirement savings account. The program  develops a local workforce that is prepared to properly handle, package, treat and document hazardous and radioactive waste.

Apprentice Program 

N3B’s Apprentice Program is a collaboration with Northern New Mexico College, with plans to potentially expand to other institutions of higher education across New Mexico. Participants in the program are paid to work alongside highly skilled nuclear professionals while taking courses to become qualified as a Nuclear Operator. Program participants are offered a permanent position with N3B once they complete the program. The programs accepted its first cohort and classes began in August 2019.The Interim Measure, approved by the New Mexico Environment Department, is needed to address plume growth.

  The Radiological control technician boot Camp

The RCT Boot Camp is a 12-week training program for individuals interested in nuclear safety and compliance. The RCT Boot Camp is a partnership with the UNM-LA. Candidates take classes at UNM-LA and receive hands-on training with N3B staff in the field. RCTs are a critical component of nuclear operations. They provide advanced technical support in nuclear safety and establish workplace controls regarding nuclear materials and waste.

N3B Internships

Students have completed the program

N3B will be executing a summer internship in which will provide 10 applicants professional experience while navigating through college. The modern concept will be teaching these young individuals the importance of networking, new and improved skills and abilities, and applying professional communications. The purpose is to provide real-world experiences that enables each student to put everything they have learned into action. N3B’s goal is for the student to consider them as a future employer once they have completed their college degree.

Training Highlights

Growing diversity through workforce development programs

February 27, 2020

In an effort to create a homegrown and well-paid workforce that represents greater diversity, Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) issued certificates today to their first class of Waste Processing Operator Boot Camp students.


N3B boot camp program serves as economic driver, prepares local workforce to clean up waste sites at LANL

December 9, 2019

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.–Eight area students from Española, Chimayó, Nambé, Los Alamos and Abiquiú recently completed a program that prepares them to clean up waste sites containing chemical and radioactive materials left over from past operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The program has proved an economic driver that brings jobs with livable wages to Northern New Mexico’s workforce.


N3B and UNM-Los Alamos team up for Radiological Control Technician Boot Camp

December 9, 2019

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.–David Abrams spends nearly all his spare time in New Mexico’s wilderness — hiking on Cerro Perdernal where Georgia O’Keefe painted, mountain biking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and maintaining his family’s 10 acres in Nambé, 19 miles north of Santa Fe.


N3B and UNM-Los Alamos team up for Radiological Control Technician Boot Camp

August 27, 2019

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.—Nuclear News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) have partnered to offer a workforce development program to train participants to become Radiological Control Technicians (RCTs). The program will provide a pathway to obtain employment in one of the many nuclear-based industries across New Mexico.


Workforce Development Partnerships

We partner with local colleges and Universities to educate our future employees, as well as offer scholarships to enable local youth to attend college and persue degrees in the fields of environmental management and waste disposal, cleanup, storage and mitigation.

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC)

The President’s Eagle Fund at Northern New Mexico College allows the president to designate resources to the areas of greatest need. The fund allows for purchases of classroom accessibility equipment to help ability-impaired students and the establishment of a campus food bank and clothing closet. Northern New Mexico College primarily serves Hispanic and Native American students and aims to be nationally recognized for cultural sustainability, quality student learning and its ability to develop strong economic communities among diverse populations. N3B provided a substantial gift to help kick-start the fund.

Regional Development Corporation

N3B works with The Regional Development Corporation (RDC), a private non profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to improving economic development in Northern New Mexico. The RDC provides technical assistance to facilitate job growth. In partnership with the RDC, N3B has been able to offer education opportunities to people in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos county. 

New Mexico Workforce Solutions

N3B works with New Mexico Workforce Solutions to 

N3B Workforce Training Center

The N3B workforce training center is located at 1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos. Various types of training are available at the Center, click the video below to view a 360 photo of the Workforce Training Center


Workforce training events are held at multiple times throughout the year – see the events below for additional information. 

Workforce Training Event

July 13, 2020

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Workforce Training Event

October 29, 2020

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Workforce Training Event

November, 2020

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1200 Trinity Drive
Suite 150
Los Alamos, NM 87544


(505) 257-7690


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