Energy Industry Fundamentals

Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF), developed by CEWD, is a prerequisite to National Grid's Natural Gas Technician Program.  (EIF) 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 usable 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.

This is a comprehensive 8 week program. You will meet twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for a total of 40 hours. 

CEWD | Center For Energy Workforce Development

CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, and nuclear utilities and their associations. More than 120 utilities, organizations, and unions are working in partnership and engaging educational institutions and government entities to ensure the energy industry is poised to recruit and retain the best and brightest talent.

Upon successful completion of the Energy Industry Fundamentals course, students are eligible to create a profile and gain access to the CEWD recruitment database.

Furthermore, the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College will notify EIF students of job opportunities that arise from our industry partners.

Our industry partners include: 

  • Empower Solar
  • IBEW 1409
  • National Grid

Upcoming EIF Workshop:

  • TBD

Course details:

  • Location:  
    • TBD                                             
  • Meet Time:
    • TBD
  • Duration: 16 Sessions


  • $700.00


  •  Lou Donofrio, PE 

Louis D’Onofrio has many years of industry experience in the power industry as an Engineer and Project Manager. As an Engineer in the Substation Department, he was responsible for diagnostic testing of the electrical equipment; performing quality inspections prior to shipment of the equipment; and training of the technicians and engineers in the department. As a Project Manager, he was responsible for new substation installations and the interconnections for new power generation facilities. In 2016 Lou became a Senior Advisor for M.J. Beck Consulting LLC. He was on the team that provided support for the PSEGLI 280MW renewable portfolio. Lou had lead responsibility for two of the projects: the Shoreham Solar Commons 24MW facility that went into commercial operation in June 2018; and the 20MW Riverhead Solar 1 Project in Calverton that went into commercial operation in June 2019. In 2019, Lou became an adjunct instructor for the Farmingdale State College, Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC). He taught the Energy Industry Fundamentals course that was developed by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). Lou was invited to join the Executive Advisory Board for the International Energy and Sustainability Conference at Farmingdale State College. He chaired the Geothermal Energy pre-conference seminar on November 17, 2019. In 2020, Lou again taught the Energy Industry Fundamentals course at Farmingdale State College, and he is presently preparing to teach it as an instructor-led online course.


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