Engineering and Technology
As governments, businesses and home owners increasingly scrutinize the transmission and distribution of energy, many see the cost-reducing and clean-air benefits of a network-enabled, or smart, power distribution grid as a substantial improvement. This entry-level program provides a solid foundation in smart grid technology (SGT), including a technical overview of networking, electrical engineering, and power transmission and distribution. In addition to a wide range of smart grid theory, you study deployment issues, vendors, demand shaping, and statutory and regulatory requirements—instruction that prepares you to seize new opportunities in the emerging field of networked power. Join our email list to stay informed about this program.
The table contains the required courses for the Professional Series in Smart Grid Technology, as well as the terms they are typically available for enrollment.
4 Required Courses, 4 Semester Units (60 Hours of Instruction)
| Required Courses
|Course Number||Units/ CEU||Classroom|
|Smart Grids: Introduction||X423||1||Spring
|Smart Grids: Energy-Efficient Transmission||X423.1||1||
|Smart Grids: Command and Control||X423.2||1||Spring
|Smart Grids: Metering and Home Area Networks||X423.3||1||Spring
|Smart Grids: Internet of Things||X423.4||1||Fall|
|Smart Grids: Microgrids||X423.5||1||Fall|
|Smart Grids: Energy-Efficient Buildings||X423.6||1||Fall|
Course availability is subject to change. For more about course objectives, view the Course Suite Detail (PDF).
Courses may be taken in any order, but we recommend that you start the program with Smart Grids: Introduction X423.
To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section.
You may enroll in individual courses without registering for the Professional Series in Smart Grid Technology.
If you're a sustainability professional looking for increased technical knowledge or a technology worker interested in migrating to smart grids, the program provides the knowledge you need. The program is also an excellent fit if you're an urban planner, home developer, real estate professional or policy maker looking for new or advanced opportunities in public utilities, commercial construction, renewable energy or electric transportation.
There are no formal prerequisites for the Professional Series in Smart Grid Technology.
The curriculum consists of 4 required courses (choose any 4 of the 7 courses listed above) for a total of 4 semester units (60 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee.
All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the program. However, requirements may be updated based on new developments in the field of study; we recommend completing the curriculum in a timely fashion. For more information, please see the completion requirements and the substitutions, waivers and transfer credit policies.
By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register for the Professional Series in Smart Grid Technology, submit the online registration form with your credit card information or complete the mail-in registration form. The registration fee is nonrefundable.
You should register for the program before you complete your first course in the curriculum.
Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated cost of $2,000 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.
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