Nevada HVAC Training
Nevada is a state of many temperatures and climates. It happens to be the driest state in the US and contains many deserts, where the temperature can sometimes reach 125 degrees at its peak in the summer. Conversely, an Southwestern HVAC tech of this region can fight a winter temperature at night of -50 degrees. Being that Nevada experiences such drastic highs and lows, an HVAC technician’s skills of keeping residences and buildings properly warm in the cold weather and chilled during the hot seasons are important trade skills to have. As the infamous Death Valley in Nevada implies with its name alone, the risk of death is certainly present—without proper heating and cooling capabilities.
The HVAC Schools in Nevada:
Nevada is host to seven schools specializing in HVAC training and education. You’ll find that the HVAC schools in Nevada vary in location all around our great state from Las Vegas, to Sparks, to Henderson, to Reno, to Carson City. Before applying for school and taking off to learn some HVAC, it’s worth taking some time to research the HVAC education and training requirements for becoming a technician in Nevada. That way you can decide how much schooling, and what type of program, you’d like to enroll in. Much of the Nevada HVAC salary information I have seen on job-posting websites features companies that offer compensation based on experience. Schooling will help you get your foot in the door, and experience can be what will help you to earn more down the road. Also a good idea to review is the Nevada HVAC license and certification regulations, so you’ll be privy to any certifications you need to obtain, or tests that are required, before you can start on the job and in some cases, keep doing the job.
- HVACR Technician
Advanced Training Institute
3970 Las Vegas Blvd North, Suite B-9
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Tuition and fees: $14,595. The median school loan debt for graduates of this program is $7,600. The graduation rate from Jan. 2013-Dec. 2013 was 84%.
Books and supplies: $125 including tools and all necessary supplies
Career College of Northern Nevada
1421 Pullman Dr.
CCNN offers room and board for students who wish to live on campus. The HVAC/R program consists of 99 credit hours in service technician coursework, including how to follow blueprints, recover refrigerants, and replace all integral parts of a complicated HVAC system.
Tuition and fees: $23,415
Books and supplies: $1,800
College of Southern Nevada
700 College Drive
Henderson, NV 89015
Courses for the HVAC program include introductions to both HVAC electrical theory and mechanical theory, a residential gas heating course, intermediate applications of electrical and mechanical theory, and courses on copper, heat pumps, and ducts.
Tuition and fees:
In-state tuition: $2,900
Out-of-state tuition: $9,685
Books and supplies: $1,020
National Technical Institute
301 Sunpac Court
Henderson, NV 89015
Students can choose between three different programs that teach electrical theory and application, and prepare them for a career in air conditioning, refrigeration, and/or heating. Courses consist of lectures, labs, and proctored testing.
Basic Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program:
Hours: 88 total
Advanced Air Conditioning and Heating Program:
Hours: 160 total
Advanced HVAC & Refrigeration Program:
Hours: 192 total
Quality Technical Training Center
4625 S. Procyon Ave, Suite A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
This 12-week school takes 144 hours to complete, and includes a comprehensive training of maintenance, repair, and HVAC training. Fundamental courses review basic physical laws involved with refrigeration, and the advanced courses teach diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures for AC and heating systems.
Tuition and fees: $6,200 (students who prepay for tuition receive a $600 discount)
Textbooks: included in tuition.
Truckee Meadows Community College (Technical Institution)
7000 Dandini Blvd. Room 334
Reno, NV 89512
Students working in the HVAC labs at this school will get experience working on solar thermal, heat pumps, central air units, furnaces, and more.
In-state tuition: $84.50/credit plus an additional $5.50 per credit technology fee. Average tuition for in-state residents is $2,265.
Out-of-state-tuition: students taking less than 7 credits per semester will be charged per credit, and students taking 7 credits or more will pay in-state fee rate for each credit as well as an additional $3,322.50 per semester. Average tuition for out-of-state residents is $8,910.
Books and supplies: $300-$400
Western Nevada Community College/Carson City Campus
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Tuition and fees:
In-state: $87.50 per credit hour, + $16.50 in fees per credit
Out-of-state: $100.50 per credit hour, + $16.50 in fees per credit
Residents of Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota pay the in-state tuition rates at WNCC.
Employment Details and Pay:
According to the Department of Labor, HVAC technicians earn more than other weatherization workers such as door and window replacement technicians. The DOL reports that HVAC technicians are even making more per hour than carpenters, plumbers and in some counties, even electricians. HVAC technicians in Carson City are making around $30.72/hour, along with techs in Clark, Douglas, Churchill, Storey and White Pine. HVAC workers in the counties of Esmereldo, Humboldt, Eureka, Lander, Mineral, Lyon, Lincoln, Pershing and Nye are making around $25/hour.
The U.S. Labor Statistics Bureau estimates that positions in the HVAC industry in Nevada will grow by 21% over the next 5 years. Riley Guide, an online career guide that compiles statistics about different industries, states that the annual rate of growth for the HVAC market in Nevada is 4.4%. As of 2012, Riley Guide reported that there were 50 HVAC jobs available in Carson City, NV, 960 in Las Vegas, and 360 in the Sparks and Reno area. Carson City HVAC technicians make between $31,000-$67,000 according to Riley Guide, Las Vegas techs make between $29,000-$75,000, and Sparks/Reno HVAC workers earn between $33,000-$62,000. The number of HVAC jobs in these three regions of Nevada accounted for 0.49% of all jobs in the U.S. as of 2012.