Energy Industry Fundamentals

Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF) 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 on campus twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for a total of 40 hours. 

Our industry partners include: 

  • Empower Solar
  • IBEW 1049
  • National Grid

Upcoming EIF Workshop Dates:

June: 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th

July: 2nd, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th

August: 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th

*Classes will NOT meet on the following dates: July 7th and July 9th*

Course details:

  • Location: This course will be offered online                                                 
  • Meet Time: 5 PM - 7:30 PM on June 16th and 18th;  All other classes meet 4:30 PM - 7 PM
  • Duration: 16 Sessions


  • $700.00


  •  Lou Donofrio, PE 

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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


Register Now for EIF 

renewable energy & sustainability center

Lupton Hall, Room 246F
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


Marjaneh Issapour
Director, Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center


Anna Godas
Instructional Support Associate


Zachary Licht
Instructional Support Technician

Last Modified 5/13/20