Environmental Control Tech (HVAC&R)

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High Skills, High Pay, High Job Demand for Career Technical
Education Students at Laney College

(California State approved Community College)

Classes Start August 24, Only $46/unit: Enroll Now!

– space is limited –



Step 1:
Apply online at: web.peralta.edu/enrollment-2/

Step 2:
Complete Assessment Test (Math/English) – Welcome Center, Building A, Room 101

Step 3:
Attend Coun 201 – (Orientation/Class Selection) – Administration Building T-300

Step 4:
See Counselor (Bring your most recent transcript.) – Administration Building T-300

Step 5:
Enroll in classes – Welcome Center Bldg. A Room 101 or online: web.peralta.edu

Build A Green Future at Laney College!

900 Fallon Street, Oakland CA 94607


The Environmental Control Technology Department (ECT) offers technical certificates and associate degrees in Residential and Light Commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) as well as Commercial HVAC systems, with new certificates and degrees in Building Automation Systems and energy management in development (certificate information). Students in these programs learn the theoretical, technical, and problem-solving skills essential for employment in the HVACR or controls industries. Students completing the curriculum can seek employment as refrigeration technicians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning technicians, sales engineers, equipment and system installers, parts persons, operations and maintenance technicians, building engineers, controls technicians, and energy specialists.

The ECT Department occupies a space of over 8,000 square feet. The program provides theoretical content, and extensive hands-on labs on refrigeration systems, light commercial and commercial air conditioning and heating equipment, boilers, chillers, hydronic HVAC systems, and building automation control systems. The ECT department also has a computer lab in which HVAC systems are simulated as well as a Direct Digital Controls (DDC) lab representing most of the major DDC manufacturers.  In addition, ECT faculty have developed problem-based learning strategies to expose student teams to real-life problem scenarios in building systems. Read more about problem-based learning.

Our faculty members are all experienced HVACR professionals with industry experience and academic credentials which they bring into the classroom with energy and enthusiasm. The ECT program is also an active corporate member of industry organizations, green jobs and sustainability networks, the PG&E Power Pathway for Energy Efficiency. In addition, the program has launched a Center of Excellence in High Performance Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Education and Training. Read more about partnerships.


Preparing a Green Building Technician Workforce

Laney College is preparing technicians as key agents in implementing energy efficiency and sustainability measures in residential and commercial buildings. In partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Laney completed a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to broaden and deepen its curriculum for building science and engineering technicians in the commercial building sector. The new two-year certificate and degree emphasizes energy-efficient and high-performance building operations. Supported by a State Chancellor’s Office of Economic Workforce Development (EWD) Industry Driven Regional Collaboratives grant and a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education renewal grant, Laney is developing new curricular pathways and labs in building automation systems, energy management, and sustainability. Read about our Building Automation and Sustainability program, partnerships, and research.

In addition, Laney College has launched a series of building technician programs in energy efficiency and green building performance practices for the residential and light commercial sector. Find more information and current job openings on the Student Resources tab at the www.BESTCTR.org website.



  • ECT Brochure (PDF – 1.4 MB)

    ECT Brochure
  • ECT Flyers

    Building Automation - 1st semester