Build A Green Future at Laney College

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Become An Expert In HVCAR

Environmental Control Technology is a cutting edge HVACR program that teaches students the technical and theoretical problem-solving skills to succeed in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

Our programs are taught by dedicated instructors with extensive residential and commercial experience. You’ll be exposed to real-world situations and learn in one of the best equipped labs in the Bay Area. ECT graduates develop excellent careers and earn high salaries as service technicians, installers, salespersons, building engineers, controls technicians, and energy specialists. Learn about our Student Success Stories!

Our Programs

Residential And Light Commercial HVAC And Refrigeration (AAS Degree & Certificate Programs)- Prepare for a career in the field covering the ins and outs of HVACR in residential and light commercial settings. (Median pay after graduation = $57,910 per year)

Commercial HVAC Systems (AAS Degree & Certificate Programs)- This program covers installation, management, sustainability, and problem-solving in commercial properties. (Median pay after graduation = $57,910 per year)

Building Automation Systems (AAS Degree & Certificate Programs)- Gain the skills necessary for traditional building management in addition to advanced skills in programming, systems integration, and energy efficiency. (Median pay after graduation = $67,517 per year)

Refrigeration Technology (Certificate Program)– This certificate covers design and installation techniques, installation, understanding capacity controls, and managing multiplex and multistage systems. (Median pay after graduation = $57,970 per year)


What does it cost to attend the Laney ECT program?

ECT courses are now free for all students. While other courses at Laney College cost $46 per unit, the ECT program is supported by a generous grant that helps students attend for free.

Why choose Laney ECT?

Laney ECT is a leading HVACR program in the Bay Area. Our accomplished instructors provide hands-on training in high-tech facilities with a focus on sustainability for students at all levels of industry experience. Laney ECT is also an inclusive, affordable choice that fully prepares students to enter the building operations and maintenance industry.

What career opportunities are available to graduates? 

Laney ECT graduates land high-paying jobs upon graduation, with median industry salaries between $57,000-$67,000. Potential careers include: HVACR technician, energy specialist, project manager, building engineer, controls technician, sustainability specialist, and more.

What role does sustainability play in the Laney ECT program?

Sustainability and green energy is key to our mission. With support from the National Science Foundation, we founded the Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center, a national network of public, post-secondary schools dedicated to curriculum, lab development, and research to prepare students to enter the workforce with a background in sustainability and energy efficiency. Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum–We actively work with our network to create a green future, today.

I already have a career, but I’m looking to make a change. Is Laney ECT right for me?

Many of our students are career-changers looking to pivot into the HVACR industry. Our program is catered to students of all levels of experience– from beginners, to industry-adjacent professionals, to seasoned veterans looking to learn advanced skills.