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JFK High School - Energy Industry Fundamentals - 2015

Energy Industry Fundamentals provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry and the energy generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the "largest machine in the world," which forms the backbone for the industry. The course includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, how generated power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use, emerging technologies, and the connection to careers in the energy industry. The material for this course was developed by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) for the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). This web-based version was developed at the University of Missouri – Columbia and was supported by the Missouri State Energy Sector Partnership and Training grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (SGA/DFA PY-08-20, grant award number GJ-19902-10-60-A-29). This online version of the course extends the original CORD material by including problem-based scenarios to support student learning, and was designed to be delivered by an instructor in a controlled environment. As such, it was not designed to be taken in a fully online, unsupervised format. However, users are invited to explore the subject matter presented in this course for general information. The EIF course curriculum as presented in this website has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as eligible for conference of a national credential for persons successfully completing the course and passing the associated credential exam. For individuals seeking the credential or those institutions interested in providing an approved, instructor-led version of this course leading to the ANSI student credential should contact CEWD through their web site at or by contacting Please note that the credential is not available for students taking this course independently from a non-CEWD approved organization. Copyright and Attribution Statements: Creative Commons license is Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) © 2011 Center for Occupational Research and Development Center for Energy Workforce Development Educational providers and their respective instructors have the right to duplicate and use these materials for instructional purposes. ISBN 978-1-57837-645-9 Neither the Center for Occupational Research and Development nor the Center for Energy Workforce Development assume any liabilities with respect to the use of, or for damages resulting from the use of, any information, apparatus, method, or process described in this material. For questions or additional information regarding these materials, please contact CORD staff at This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability of ownership. This solution is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.

Course Contents

  • 1A History of the U.S. Energy Industry and Infrastructure
  • 1A Review Scenario: "Getting Used To The New Job"
  • 1A Quiz
  • 1B The Energy Industry: Structure and Organization
  • 1B Review Scenario: "Learning More About CCPC"
  • 1B Quiz
  • 1C Energy Flow: Generation, Transmission, and Distribution
  • 1C Review Scenario: "Visting Prairie Wind Farm"
  • 1C Quiz
  • 2A Regulatory/Procedural/Security
  • 2A Review Scenario "A New Day of Training"
  • 2A Quiz
  • 2B Preparing for Hazards in the Workplace
  • 2B Review Scenario: "Finishing Electrical Installations at a New Subdivision"
  • 2B Quiz
  • 2C Hazards and Response
  • 2C Review Scenario: "Work Begins After Earthquake"
  • 2C Quiz
  • 3A Conventional Electric Power Generation Systems
  • 3A Review Scenario: "First Day at Castle Rock"
  • 3A Quiz
  • 3B Overview of Generation Fuel Sources
  • 3B Review Scenario: "Finalizing Conventional Options New Plants"
  • 3B Quiz
  • 3C Overview of Emerging and Alternative Generation Technologies
  • 3C Review Scenario: "Finalizing Renewable Options"
  • 3C Quiz
  • 4A Introduction to Electric Power Transmission
  • 4A Review Scenario: "Driving to a New Substation Inspection
  • 4A Quiz
  • 4B Transmission Governance, Stability and Emerging Technologies
  • 4B Review Scenario: "Planning the Extra High Voltage Expansion"
  • 4B Quiz
  • 5A Introduction to Electric Power Distribution
  • 5A Review Scenario: "Equipping the Smart Zone"
  • 5A Quiz
  • 5B Distribution Governance, Stability, and Emerging Technologies
  • 5B Review Scenario: "Final Smart Zone Community Meeting"
  • 5B Quiz
  • 5C Natural Gas Distribution
  • 5C Review Scenario: "A Day of Work at the Call Center"
  • 5C Quiz

Course Resources

  • Module 1 - Unit A
  • Module 1 - Unit B
  • Module 1 - Unit C
  • Module 2 - Unit A
  • Module 2 - Unit B
  • Module 2 - Unit C
  • Module 3 - Unit A
  • Module 3 - Unit B
  • Module 3 - Unit C
  • Module 4 - Unit A
  • Module 4 - Unit B
  • Module 5 - Unit A
  • Module 5 - Unit B
  • Module 5 - Unit C
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