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Data Engineering Zoomcamp


Taking the course

2024 Cohort

Self-paced mode

All the materials of the course are freely available, so that you can take the course at your own pace

  • Follow the suggested syllabus (see below) week by week
  • You don't need to fill in the registration form. Just start watching the videos and join Slack
  • Check FAQ if you have problems
  • If you can't find a solution to your problem in FAQ, ask for help in Slack


Note: NYC TLC changed the format of the data we use to parquet. But you can still access the csv files here.

Module 1: Introduction & Prerequisites

  • Course overview
  • Introduction to GCP
  • Docker and docker-compose
  • Running Postgres locally with Docker
  • Setting up infrastructure on GCP with Terraform
  • Preparing the environment for the course
  • Homework

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Module 2: Workflow Orchestration

  • Data Lake
  • Workflow orchestration
  • Workflow orchestration with Mage
  • Homework

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Module 3: Data Warehouse

  • Data Warehouse
  • BigQuery
  • Partitioning and clustering
  • BigQuery best practices
  • Internals of BigQuery
  • Integrating BigQuery with Airflow
  • BigQuery Machine Learning

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Module 4: Analytics engineering

  • Basics of analytics engineering
  • dbt (data build tool)
  • BigQuery and dbt
  • Postgres and dbt
  • dbt models
  • Testing and documenting
  • Deployment to the cloud and locally
  • Visualizing the data with google data studio and metabase

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Module 5: Batch processing

  • Batch processing
  • What is Spark
  • Spark Dataframes
  • Spark SQL
  • Internals: GroupBy and joins

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Module 6: Streaming

  • Introduction to Kafka
  • Schemas (avro)
  • Kafka Streams
  • Kafka Connect and KSQL

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Module 7: Project

Putting everything we learned to practice

  • Week 7 and 8: working on your project
  • Week 9: reviewing your peers

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Course UI

Alternatively, you can access this course using the provided UI app, the app provides a user-friendly interface for navigating through the course material.


Asking for help in Slack

The best way to get support is to use DataTalks.Club's Slack. Join the #course-data-engineering channel.

To make discussions in Slack more organized:


Architecture diagram


  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP): Cloud-based auto-scaling platform by Google
    • Google Cloud Storage (GCS): Data Lake
    • BigQuery: Data Warehouse
  • Terraform: Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC)
  • Docker: Containerization
  • SQL: Data Analysis & Exploration
  • Mage: Workflow Orchestration
  • dbt: Data Transformation
  • Spark: Distributed Processing
  • Kafka: Streaming


To get the most out of this course, you should feel comfortable with coding and command line and know the basics of SQL. Prior experience with Python will be helpful, but you can pick Python relatively fast if you have experience with other programming languages.

Prior experience with data engineering is not required.



For this course, you'll need to have the following software installed on your computer:

  • Docker and Docker-Compose
  • Python 3 (e.g. via Anaconda)
  • Google Cloud SDK
  • Terraform

See Module 1 for more details about installing these tools

Supporters and partners

Thanks to the course sponsors for making it possible to run this course

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