A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but learners can expect to complete the Specialization within 4 months.
What background knowledge is necessary?
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.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We strongly urge you take the Overview of the Energy Industry course first. The others may be taken in any order desired.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
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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