Our HVAC Apprenticeship Program
ABCNM HVAC-R Technician apprentices earn competitive wages and benefits while working on the job. Depending on the training period, an apprentice’s wages are based on a percentage of the journeyperson rate for public works projects or a wage survey for non-public works jobs.
The ABCNM HVAC-R Apprenticeship Training Program encompasses a minimum of 576 hours of related instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Applicants, who can document prior experience, may be eligible to take a placement test and could potentially begin their apprenticeship training program at a higher-class year.
A normal workweek is 40 hours. However, due to the nature of this industry, hours may be more or less depending on weather conditions, other trades, job delays, or other unforeseen situations. Apprentices should be prepared to travel to job sites. Dependable transportation and a valid driver’s license are required.
ABCNM apprentices attend school two nights a week, two semesters a year (Fall and Spring) for 4 years. Apprentices may also be required to attend scheduled Saturday classes throughout the year. In class, ABCNM instructors teach practical application and theory. In addition, demonstrations and hands-on instruction are conducted on safe and proper methods.
After completing ABCNM’s apprenticeship program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from the State of New Mexico and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. More importantly, they will have the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workforce.
Because of the length of the program, commitment to the classroom, and on-the-job performance requirements, one should be passionate about and dedicated to their chosen trade. When making selection decisions, ABCNM looks for candidates who want to become career HVAC professionals.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) developed the apprenticeship programs to help meet construction industry demands for skilled craftspeople. The ABCNM HVAC-R Technician Apprenticeship Program is accredited by the State of New Mexico, and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. ABC’s apprenticeship programs help contractors maintain a safe and skilled workforce. With competition as stiff as it is today, quality performance is critical in order to bring construction projects in on time and under budget.
Primary work: Perform, create, install, and repair heating and cooling, and ventilation systems. Works with the construction of commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. HVACR identifies factors that affect heating and cooling loads and will explain the process with load calculations and duct system sizing and installation. Troubleshoot steam systems, wiring terminations, all various heating/cooling systems, water treatment, air quality, and repair products.
Skills Acquired: HVAC Systems & Methods, Layout and Process, Plans and Specifications, Soldering, Brazing, Piping Practices, Fiberglass Duct, Air Measurements, Alternating Current, IAQ Surveying, Water Testing Procedures, Fume and Exhaust System Designs, Customer Relations, and Supervisory Skills.
New Mexico: $47,510 – $59,870
National: $30,450 – $72,154
About The Trade
Perform, create, install and repair heating and cooling and ventilation systems as well as refrigeration systems on commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.
Identify factors that affect heating and cooling loads and explain the process with load calculations and duct system sizing and installations.
Troubleshoot steam systems, wiring terminations, all various heating/cooling systems, water treatment, air quality and repair products.
Knowledge of the following is incorporated into the HVACR trade: HVAC Systems and Methods, Layout and Process, Plans and Specifications, Soldering, Brazing, Piping Practices, Fiberglass Duct, Air Measurements, Alternating Current, IAQ Surveying, Water Testing Procedures, Fume and Exhaust System Designs, Customer Relations, and Supervisory Skills.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. New Mexico Chapter will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. New Mexico will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30 and 11.2.2 NMAC.