Courses Offered


ESTM 400 CLEAN ENERGY CONCEPTS, POLICIES AND INDUSTRIES (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Fundamental energy and sustainability concepts in the regional, state, and federal context including: climate change; greenhouse gas emissions calculation and management; historical, current, and emerging policies and regulations for greenhouse gas and energy generation and use, including economic impacts; alternative energy technology; industry practices and careers across energy and construction sectors. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 402 INTRODUCTION TO RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400 or equivalent.
Fundamental residential construction concepts, terminology, and practices, including framing, HVAC, insulation, electrical, plumbing, materials, and hands-on construction basics. Emphasis on green and sustainable building practices and renovations. Main issues in California and Bay Area codes and historical building trends regarding energy and environmental standards. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 410 INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR INSTALLATION AND INTEGRATION (3.5)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 24 lab hours plus 16 hours by arrangement/semester. Recommended: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ELEC 110, or equivalent.
An introductory course targeted to junior-level photovoltaic installers to provide a foundation of skills necessary in solar installation. Topics include electrical theory and practice, photovoltaic theory and integration, and solar installation skills. The course is a balance of theory, hands-on practice, and real world examples. Also listed as ELEC 410. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 411 INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV) SYSTEMS AND MARKETS (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400 or equivalent.
Provides a foundation of knowledge and skills to understand the solar photovoltaics market and technology. Includes introduction to the global solar PV market, fundamentals of electricity and PV technology, introduction to incentive programs related to solar systems and fundamentals of the site survey process for a residential solar PV array. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 412 SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV) DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 410 or ESTM 411, or equivalent.
Foundation of knowledge and skills to understand the site survey and to translate survey data into estimation and design of solar photovoltaics systems. Includes detailed methodology for site surveys, shade analysis, system sizing, string and inverter sizing, the use of software system design tools, graphical PV system design aids. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 413 SOLAR PHOTOVOTAICS (PV) FINANCE AND SALES (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 410, ESTM 411 or ESTM 412, or equivalent.
Economics and sales methodologies for residential solar PV energy systems. Methods and analysis of financing and investment for solar PV systems, including incentive programs and utility tariffs. Customer service and presentation skills and sales best practices. Focus on student’s marketability in the renewable energy job marketplace. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 421 PRINCIPLES OF BUILDING SCIENCE, HOW HOUSES WORK (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400 or equivalent.
Exploration of how air flow, heat flow and moisture flow affect the health, comfort, durability and energy efficiency of the building. Students learn to identify, classify, and compare residential building components, systems, materials and understand and explain sustainable building practices and building science fundamentals. Transfer credit: CSU.


ESTM 425 BUILDING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (4)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 402 or ESTM 421, or equivalent.
Provides a foundation to conduct home energy audits and sell home energy upgrade products and services. Topics include fundamental building science concepts, best practices for auditing and data analysis, BPI standards and the Title 24 energy code. Prepares students for the Building Performance Institute certification exam. Transfer credit: CSU.


ESTM 426 BUILDING PERFORMANCE RETROFITTING (4)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours by arrangement/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 402, ESTM 421, ESTM 425 or ESTM 427, or equivalent.
Provides a foundation to perform “whole-house” retrofits for energy/water efficiency. Students apply theory to conduct hands-on retrofitting. Topics include building science, energy assessment reports, developing work scope, HVAC and envelope upgrades, air leakage and sealing, insulation installation, moisture remediation, and quality control. Preparation for Building Performance Institute certification exam. Transfer credit: CSU.


ESTM 427 INTRODUCTION TO WHOLE HOME HEATING, VENTILATION, AND COOLING (HVAC) (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 402 or ESTM 421, or equivalent.
Overview of equipment, design, operation of residential heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. Appliance nameplates are decoded and the role of ducts and registers is explored. Students learn to use industry software to size equipment and ducts and design a simple space-conditioning system. Major challenges to energy use in new and existing systems. Transfer credit: CSU.


ESTM 428 FIELD TRAINING AND EXAM PREPERATION FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY (.5)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 24 lab hours/semester. Recommended: ESTM 425 or equivalent.
Hands-on, advanced field training course builds on fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities for conducting home performance energy efficiency assessments. Students hone best practices for building systems assessment and data analysis, and producing technical reports with energy upgrade recommendations. Advanced preparation for Building Performance Institute (BPI) field certification exam. Transfer credit: CSU.


ESTM 441 SOLAR THERMAL TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 410 or ESTM 411, or equivalent.
Introduction to technology, concepts, and methods of sizing and designing solar hot water systems. Includes site survey, load analysis, rebates and permitting issues, and safety. Methods for identifying and selecting appropriate thermal systems, installation and operation practices, and use of balance-of-system components. Emphasis on student’s marketability in the renewable energy job marketplace. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 445 COMMERCIAL SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV) FINANCE AND SALES (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 410, ESTM 411, ESTM 412 or ESTM 413, or equivalent.Recommended: ESTM 400 or equivalent.
Advanced training in sales, finance, policy, and technology for commercial, institutional, and utility-scale PV solar installations. Includes best practices for sales and bidding, proposal analysis, finance options, incentives analysis, and case studies in project approval and development. Transfer credit: CSU



ESTM 490 CAPSTONE PROJECT IN ENERGY SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT (1.5-3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 8-16 lecture hours/semester and 30-120 work experience hours/semester. Prerequisite:At least 10 units of ESTM coursework, or equivalent.
Seminar format course emphasizing fieldwork, case study project, internship, or other advanced, special topic. Focus on completing a portfolio piece for a client or employer, demonstrating breadth and depth of knowledge in ESTM, taken as one of the final courses in the certificate or degree program. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 680SA ENERGY SUMMER CAMP (2)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Introduces high school students to topics in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and basics of business management for the built environment and sustainability. Modules include energy efficiency and solar project assessment and proposals, installation techniques, entrepreneurship, business communications, and marketing/sales strategy. Survey of careers and companies. Preparation for science, technology, and business students. Transfer credit: CSU.


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