Bridge Inspection Program

Undergraduate Cooperative Opportunity Program

NMSU engineering students have the unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the inspection of highway bridge structures. This is a great opportunity with several benefits including, but not limited to, bridge inspection certification, on-site training by a licensed professional engineer, $18/hour + per diem, and exposure to different bridge types in the state of New Mexico. Co-ops must apply at least one semester in advance at Career Services, place a registrar’s hold on their accounts to enable full-time status and financial aid continuity, and be able to legally work in the U.S. during the program.

Previous students who have completed the co-op program have been recruited and employed by top engineering companies throughout the country. This is a one-of-a-kind program that relates to the broad field of forensic engineering (see

For more information, contact Sandra Fernandez at (575) 646-3134 or via email.

Comprehensive Bridge Inspection Training Course

The two-week comprehensive Bridge Inspection Training Course is taught on the main campus of New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It is hosted by the NMSU Department of Civil Engineering and is attended by people from all over the United States and other countries. The next offerings are scheduled for the following dates:

  • January 3 –13, 2023
  • May 15-26, 2023

The NMSU bridge inspection training has been approved by the FHWA Bridge Engineer (New Mexico Division). As such, this course satisfies the requirements for comprehensive bridge inspection training for the state of New Mexico as provided in the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS). The NMSU Department of Civil Engineering faculty has provided comprehensive bridge inspection training for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) since 1972. However, other agencies need to confirm with their state DOT that they will accept the NMSU course to satisfy the training requirements. Each state in the U.S. has their own guidelines regarding training.

Each paid participant completing this comprehensive course will earn 6 continuing education units (CEUs).

Course Objective

The National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) requires bridge inspectors to complete a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved comprehensive training course. The Department of Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University designed this training course to meet this objective. A certificate indicating the extent of the training is awarded to individuals completing the course.

Registration and Fee

You should register at least one month in advance. Course fee is $1,750 which covers notebooks, handouts, manuals, papers, break refreshments, and certificates. Course enrollment is limited to 35 seats and you can register by sending an email to Sandra Fernandez at Payment is due upon registration.


You may cancel and receive a refund until 30 days prior to the start of the course, or you may send a substitute if you are unable to attend.


This class is taught on the main campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. There will be field trips to common bridge types in the area.

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact Sandra Fernandez at (575) 646-3134 or via email.