Bridge Inspection Program

Undergraduate Cooperative Opportunity Program

NMSU Civil Engineering students have the unique opportunity to perform 6 months of bridge inspections across the state of New Mexico with a licensed civil engineer. Typically, co-ops work in teams of two, will travel over 13,000 miles, and will inspect close to $2 billion in NMDOT infrastructure during the program. 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 maintenance while in the program, and be able to legally work in the U.S. during the program.

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


Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Bridge Inspection Training Course

The next courses will be offered

  • January 3-14, 2022
  • May 16-27, 2022
  • January 2 –13, 2023
  • May 15-26, 2023

The Department of Civil Engineering faculty has conducted comprehensive bridge inspection training for the New Mexico Department of Transportation since 1972 and has conducted two-week training courses for the Federal Highway Administration through the National Highway Institute since 1982.

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 has designed a training course to meet these objectives and will issue a certificate indicating the extent of the training to individuals completing that course.

This course satisfies the requirements for a comprehensive Bridge Inspection Training course as defined by the Federal Highway Administration.

Registration and Fee
You should register at least one month in advance. Course fee is $1,750. The fee covers notebooks, handouts, manuals, papers, break refreshments, and certificates. Course enrollment is limited to 35 seats. Payment is due upon registration.

Online Enrollment

Send MaryLouise Pino an email. Order confirmation will be sent to the email you provide.

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 or to register for these courses, please contact MaryLouise Pino at (575) 646-3134 or via email.