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Design and Build Big Data Platforms
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In today’s job market, big data is hot — and so are data engineers, the professionals who have the knowledge and skills to tame it. Organizations have a growing need for specialists who know how to design and build platforms that can handle the gigantic amount of data available today.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore distributed computing and the practical tools used to store and process data before it can be analyzed. You’ll work with typical data stacks and gain experience with the kinds of data flow situations commonly used to inform key business decisions. Complete this program and engineer your career in the world of big data technologies.
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Professionals with programming, database and system administration experience who are looking to expand their careers into big data.
To apply, you must have:
Including time in class, you should expect to spend about 8 to 10 hours each week on coursework.
If English is not your native language, you should have at least intermediate English skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements – Noncredit Programs.
Because this offering is 100% online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
Instructor David Patton of the Certificate in Big Data Technologies discusses the program and the high demand for professionals with these kinds of skills and knowledge.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Introduction to Data Engineering
Building the Data Pipeline
Data Engineering Capstone
Certificate in Big Data Technologies
Approved by the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Lyman Do, Senior Principal Engineer, Data & Analytical Services, Nordstrom
Erin Gorup, Program Manager, International & Academic Programs, UW Continuum College
Rob Jasper, Chief Scientist, Analysis in Motion, Pacific Northwest National Library
Denny Lee, Developer Advocate, Databricks
Chandan Maloo, Senior Staff, OfferUp
Dev Nambi, Data Engineer, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
David Patton, Principal Sales Engineer, InfluxData
Vikas Ranjan, Manager, Engineering Big Data Architecture, T-Mobile
Darwin Schweitzer, Education Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
Mark Staveley, Principal Technical Program Manager, Amazon Web Services
Spencer McGhin, a graduate of the Certificates in Python Programming and Big Data Technologies, explains how the certificate programs gave him the professional boost he needed in an emerging field.
Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »
Technical Lead - Customer Success, Databricks
Software Engineer, Pivotal
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