No prior experience required.
Energy Production, Distribution & Safety Specialization
Establish the foundation for an energy job. Acquire fundamental knowledge and insights of the evolving power industry
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Participants engage in exploratory opportunities and preparatory steps, creating a roadmap to achieve personal goals related to an energy industry career. The result is a tangible artifact for participants to include in their professional portfolio and leverage relevant prospects.
No prior experience required.
University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) is a premier, research-intensive public university and the largest, most comprehensive institution of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. UB offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and nearly 300 graduate and professional programs.
The State University of New York
The State University of New York, with 64 unique institutions, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States. Educating nearly 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs both on campus and online, SUNY has nearly 3 million alumni around the globe.
Frequently Asked Questions
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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?
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Can I take the course for free?
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.
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.
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
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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