Accredited HVAC Schools in New Mexico
Additionally, there are several accredited formal training programs in New Mexico. When choosing a school, it is essential to determine if it is accredited and by which organization. Accreditation is a process by which an independent agency evaluates the quality of the program, including both the curriculum and the instructors.
Two organizations evaluate and approve HVAC programs. HVAC Excellence has provided accreditation to the Central New Mexico Community College and Eastern New Mexico University (Both have been profiled below). The other accrediting entity, the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA), has also provided accreditation to the Central New Mexico Community College.
Here are some accredited HVAC training programs in New Mexico.
Central New Mexico Community College
New Mexico residents also have the option to complete a residential HVAC certificate of completion, a commercial, industrial HVAC & building performance certificate of completion, and an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in HVAC technology at HVAC Excellence and PAHRA-accredited Central New Mexico Community College (CNMCC).
Available at five campuses around NM, these programs train students in electrical circuitry and troubleshooting, mechanical equipment, proper refrigeration and hydronic piping practices, service and maintenance of various types of HVAC/R systems and accessories. The school places a strong emphasis on the safety of students.
The residential HVAC certificate of completion consists of 26 credit-hours. The courses include refrigerant fundamentals, basic electricity, refrigerant management, motors and controls, code and safety I, air conditioning and controls, heating and heating control systems, system design, installation and retrofit of heating/cooling systems, and composition I.
The commercial, industrial HVAC and building performance certificate of completion comprises 53 credit-hours. It includes all courses from the residential certificate. Additional courses include interpersonal communication, advanced hydronics and controls I, hot water and steam generation systems and controls II, chilled water systems, controls III, code and safety requirements II, refrigeration application, commercial and industrial refrigeration, energy efficiency and green building standards I and II, and energy efficiency and green building code compliance.
The associate of applied science (AAS) degree in HVAC technology is made up of 65 credit-hours and includes all courses from the certificates mentioned above. Students also have to complete additional coursework in AAS mathematics requirement, humanities requirement, HVAC/R cooperative, and social and behavioral science requirement.
Students gain in-depth knowledge about HVAC/R fundamentals through hands-on labs and also gain an understanding of wiring diagrams. Graduates are employed by installation and local service contractors as well as hospitals, facilities, and local manufacturers.
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Accreditation: HVAC excellence; PAHRA
- Expected Time to Completion: Residential certificate (two semesters); commercial certificate (four semesters); AAS (five semesters)
- Estimated Tuition: New Mexico residents ($56 per credit-hour); non-New Mexico residents ($296 per credit-hour)
Eastern New Mexico University
Eastern New Mexico University offers a commercial refrigeration certificate of employability (COE), an HVAC technology certificate of occupational training (COT), and an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in HVAC/R technology. These programs provide students with easily accessible, high-quality HVAC/R training and help them learn about installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC/R systems. Apart from practical skills in HVAC technology, tools, and equipment, students also develop communication and computer literacy, and mathematical skills.
The commercial refrigeration COE program is made up of 30 credit-hours, including courses such as entrepreneurship, introduction to electricity, introduction to air conditioning and refrigeration, refrigeration cycle and diagrams, advanced electricity, HVAC/R control systems, ice makers, refrigeration service and problem analysis, and co-op/internship training.
The HVAC technology COT program consists of 33 credit-hours. Some of the courses included in the curriculum are entrepreneurship, introduction to electricity, introduction to air conditioning and refrigeration, heat pumps, air flow principles/duct design, advanced electricity, HVAC/R control and heating systems, HVAC/R service & problem analysis., and co-op/internship training.
Finally, the AAS degree comprises 60 credit-hours and includes almost all courses from the certificates mentioned above with additional coursework in professional & technical communication, a survey of mathematics, introduction to psychology, introduction to computers, humanities or fine and creative arts, and multiplexed evaporator systems.
The program teaches students to install, maintain, service, and repair HVAC/R equipment, understand coding requirements, and interpret blueprints for HVAC/R. Graduates can take up roles such as HVAC mechanic, vending machine and home appliance repairs, refrigeration mechanics or installers, and line installers, to name a few.
- Location: Roswell, NM
- Accreditation: HVAC Excellence
- Expected Time to Completion: Certificate (one year); AAS (two years)
- Estimated Tuition: Resident, in-district ($936 per credit-hour); resident, out-of-district ($1,20 per credit-hour); non-resident ($2,616 per credit-hour)
Santa Fe Community College
Finally, future HVAC technicians who are interested in focusing solely on job-related skills without the additional requirements set forth in an associate degree program may consider pursuing a certificate in HVAC at Santa Fe Community College. With this HVAC program, students develop practical skills in the trade, while also acquiring basic knowledge of HVAC operations, heat load calculations, blueprint reading, and air movement. They also learn about maintaining their safety, while working with cutting edge HVAC equipment.
This 31-credit-hour program covers 11 courses, including nine HVAC-specific classes and related electives. Sample some of the courses in the curriculum: Basic blueprint reading, basic electricity and controls, basic commercial refrigeration, refrigerant management, gas heating furnaces, and application of refrigeration systems, among others.
Students learn how to apply practical knowledge and skills while working on commercial and residential HVAC projects, interpret and analyze construction documents related to commercial and residential construction, identify and explain HVAC methods, and provide leadership. Graduates of the program can take up roles such as maintenance technician, gas fitter and installer, building control specialist, heating and cooling specialist, building control technician, solar thermal installer, and appliance repairer, to name a few.
- Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
- Expected Time to Completion: One year
- Estimated Tuition: $4,202