Electric Power Systems

This first course of the Energy Production, Distribution & Safety series – which explores various facets of the power sector – familiarizes participants with standards and policies of the electric utility industry. It introduces the electric power system, from generation of electricity all the way to the wall plug. Participants learn about the segments of the system, and common components like power cables and transformers.

This online course is available on the Coursera platform.

Course Duration:

Approximately 8 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire basic power industry vocabulary

Intended Audience

Individuals considering a career in the energy industry – whether a hands-on utility technician or utility worker position, or interested in emerging green energy solutions – and those already working in the industry who have less than three years of experience and have not completed similar training


  • High school diploma
  • Basic knowledge of mathematics

Credential Opportunities

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): TCIE grants 0.1 CEUs upon successful completion of this course for a fee of $25.
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs): TCIE grants 1 PDH upon successful completion of this course for a fee of $25.   

For either a CEU or PDH, a learner must complete a request form. The process entails providing proof of the learner’s course certificate issued by Coursera. A certificate indicates a learner has completed a course with a passing score (he/she does not receive a letter grade). CEUs and PDHs are eligible for those earning a certificate on November 11, 2019 or later.