About this Specialization

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This specialization provides introductory knowledge about the energy industry and associated career opportunities, whether you are interested in a utility technician or utility worker role, or emerging green energy solutions. It is intended for those considering a career in the field, and people already working in the industry who have less than three years of experience and have not completed similar training. Through four courses, learners receive an overview of electric power systems, natural gas, safety practices, and the energy industry as a whole. To learn more, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=2Yh9qIYiUDk.
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
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English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
67%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
67%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Electric Power Systems

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stars
5,002 ratings
1,285 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Natural Gas

4.7
stars
1,493 ratings
310 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Safety in the Utility Industry

4.7
stars
1,295 ratings
260 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Energy: The Enterprise

4.7
stars
691 ratings
132 reviews

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The State University of New York

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but learners can expect to complete the Specialization within 4 months.

  • No background knowledge, in particular, is necessary to take this course. We recommend at least a high school education and interest in a career in the energy industry.

  • We strongly urge you take the Overview of the Energy Industry course first. The others may be taken in any order desired.

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  • Upon completion of the specialization, you will have an understanding of the history and progression of the U.S. power and energy utilities, and their impact on society. You will gain confidence to have intelligent, fact-based dialogues, either in informal or professional conversations, pertaining to the following:

    -A current view of the energy industry - including its structure, energy origins, constraints, pricing and regulations - as well as the impact of emerging disruptive technologies and renewable energies on the evolution of the Smart Grid

    -Regulations of the U.S. power industry

    -Components of a modern electrical power system, foundational electric power instruments and machinery, and the interactions between energy and the environment

    -The properties of natural gas, operations of its distribution, basic field skills required, and the liquefaction of natural gas

    -Standard energy industry safety practices and OSHA regulations

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