Fundamentals of Energy Certificate

The Fundamentals of Energy certificate is geared for those with some previous exposure to a skilled trade; construction or industrial trades, and/or manufacturing; feel prepared to enroll in college-level courses; and plan to continue their energy career pathway and move into positions that require special training and/or college level education.


(college credit courses)

ELPW 111 - Introduction to the Electrical Industry & Power Grid

  • This course will begin with a basic introduction to the systems and components that make up a basic electrical system, including generation, transmission and distribution. You will then study the history behind electrical utility industry. Students will study how the electrical system in the United States was established and how Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse influenced the development of electrical systems. You will also learn how the electrical industry was first regulated and how regulation of the industry has changed. Students will also gain knowledge of how the electrical industry is currently being "re-regulated" to encourage competition. Students will also gain knowledge of the system operations and marketing of electricity. Finally, you will learn how the electrical industry is segmented into utility sectors, such as investor owned, federally owned, publicly owned and cooperatively owned utilities. (3 college credits)

ENRT 103 - Electrical Industry Applied Math

  • This course will teach basic math skills and apply those to energy industry situations. Students will learn the metric system, basic volume and area calculations as well as algebra and trigonometry and how they apply to industry specific situations. (3 college credits)

ELPW 105 - Electrical System Fundamentals

  • This course will begin with a look at several types of power generation stations, such as large fossil fired power plants, hydroelectric power plants, gas turbine and combined cycle generating stations and finally a brief look at wind generation. After the introduction to power generation, students will study how the power is delivered from the power station to the consumer. This course will cover transmission lines and related components within a typical transmission system, such as step-up and step-down transformers, circuit breakers, disconnects and protective relaying. (3 college credits)

The Fundamentals of Energy online college credit courses are fully transferable, instructor led, and part of the AAS in Electric Power Technology degree.

Once you have completed the all of the courses required for this certificate, you will need to contact EPCE to obtain your EPCE-Sponsored certificate.

If you are a student interested in participating in this program, get started by registering for your first class.

If you have questions, please contact an EPCE Education Consultant.