HVAC Schools in New Mexico (Top Programs Listed)

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HVAC Schools in New Mexico

New Mexico has dry and hot days with cold nights, thus HVAC systems are in high demand, as are those servicing them.

Let’s have a look at what it takes to become an HVAC mechanic in New Mexico.

Job Outlook

By 2024, the demand for these mechanics is expected to grow 21% in New Mexico.

The median salary in New Mexico in the field is $42,636 per year, and while the entry level jobs pay much less, those at the top earn around $48,312 per year.

As a benchmark, the average salary in the United States is $46,648 per year,  with the best HVAC technicians making around $52,858 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$37K
$42K
$48K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Albuquerque$43,860
Las Cruces$39,651
Rio Rancho$43,720
Santa Fe$44,082
Roswell$40,910
Farmington$43,271
Clovis$41,323
Hobbs$40,243
Alamogordo$41,610
Carlsbad$40,910

Licensing Requirements

It’s best to start your career by attending a training school and remember to complete your apprenticeship as well.

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The apprenticeship period lasts anywhere from 2 years up to 4 years.

Most programs available for this trade don’t last for too long and completing one will greatly increase your chances of getting hired and getting better paid.

Check out the schools below for one near you.

School NameAddress
Central New Mexico Community College525 Buena Vista SEAlbuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Clovis Community College417 Schepps BlvdClovis, New Mexico 88101
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus52 University BlvdRoswell, New Mexico 88202
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad500 University DrCarlsbad, New Mexico 88220
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana3400 S EspinaLas Cruces, New Mexico 88003
Santa Fe Community College6401 Richards AveSanta Fe, New Mexico 87508

Once you learn the trade you have the option to become an HVAC contractor, but for this, you’ll have to get a license as a Conditioning Contractor and in Business and Law.

This license allows you to work both on residences and on commercial properties, and perform any type of work.

The Natural Gas Fitting Contractors license is needed by those who will work with ventilation systems that use natural gas fittings.

This includes servicing or installing natural gas systems or appliances.

Requirements for the Heat, Air Conditioning Contractors License

  • Submit a bond for $500 to $5,000: it can be cash collateral or an audited financial statement
  • Prove 2 to 4 years of experience, depending on the classification
  • Attach a certificate of competence
  • Pass both the trade exam and the business and law exam

The fee to apply to sit for the exam is $30 while the licensing fee is $30.

Your license must be renewed after 2 years and you will need 5 hours of continued education and also pay the additional $30 annual renewal fee.

Requirements for the Natural Gas Fitting License

  • Submit a bond of the same amount as above
  • Prove between 2 and 4 years of experience
  • Attach a certificate of competence
  • Pass the appropriate examination
  • Pay the licensing fee of $30

The fee to apply to sit for the exam is $30.

The license must be renewed and you’ll have to pay the renewal fee of $30.

Examination

To take the exam, you apply as described above and you can only take it if you get approved.

PSI is the body overseeing the testing process, and you can contact them to learn when and where you can sit through the exam.

Heat, Air Conditioning Contractors Exam

This test lasts for 3 hours and consists of 100 questions.

To pass, you have to score at least 75%.

Business and Law Exam

This exam lasts for 2 hours and you have to answer 50 questions.

To take it, you have to pay $45  and the passing score is at least 75%.

Topics:

  • licensing requirements,
  • giving estimates,
  • bidding,
  • how to organize a business,
  • managing finances,
  • state laws,
  • environment,
  • safety,
  • risk assessment
  • project management

MM-2 Natural Gas Fitting Exam

This exam has 100 questions and you have 4 hours to answer them all.

The passing score is the same as above, and you have to take it in tandem with the Business and Law exam.

Topics:

  • piping,
  • gas sizing,
  • appliances,
  • combustion,
  • air,
  • chimneys,
  • flues,
  • vents,
  • systems

Final Thoughts

Unlike other fields, HVAC is easy to access in New Mexico and is one that offers life-long money-making opportunities.

Since the demand for these professionals is ever-growing, now it’s time to pick a long-lasting career path.

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