Energy Production, Distribution & Safety series

Watch the overview video to learn more about the Energy Production, Distribution & Safety series.

This four-course series is an introduction to the energy industry and associated career opportunities. It provides an overview of the energy industry, electric power systems, natural gas, safety practices, and emerging disruptive technologies and renewable energies.    

Energy Production, Distribution & Safety series courses:

  1. Electric Power Systems
  2. Natural Gas
  3. Safety in the Utility Industry
  4. Energy: The Enterprise

The courses are available on the Coursera platform.

Learning Outcomes

  • Possess basic understanding of:
    • History and progression of U.S. power and energy utilities, and their impact on society
    • Components of a modern electric power system, essential electric power instruments and equipment, and interactions between energy use and the environment
    • Properties of natural gas, its distribution, day-to-day/field activities, and liquid natural gas production and usage
    • Standard energy industry safety practices and OSHA regulations
    • U.S. power industry regulations
  • Create a roadmap for achieving personal goals related to an energy industry profession

Intended Audience

Individuals considering a career in the 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 0.6 CEUs upon successful completion of this series for a fee of $25.
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs): TCIE grants 6 PDHs upon successful completion of this series 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 Verified Certificate (VC) issued by Coursera. A VC indicates a learner has completed a series 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.