Data Engineering on Google Cloud

Looking to gain hands-on experience implementing key machine learning processes on Google Cloud? This four-day course will teach you everything you need to know about designing and building data processing systems.

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A private training session for your team. Groups can be of any size, at a location of your choice including our training centres.

As a Google Cloud Partner, we’ve been selected to deliver this four-day Data Engineering course.

Our expert Cloud trainers will combine presentations and demos with practical, lab-orientated workshops to teach you the steps required to design data processing systems. You’ll learn how to build end-to-end data pipelines, analyze data and carry out machine learning.

The course covers structured, unstructured, and streaming data, so if you’re a budding Data Engineer, you’ll leave with the ability and confidence to be able to apply your new skills to a variety of scenarios and datasets.

Our Data Engineering on Google Cloud course is delivered via Virtual Classroom. We also offer it as a private training session that can be delivered virtually or at a location of your choice in South Africa.

This course is an intermediate-level course. If you’re looking to master the basics, you would benefit from our Google Cloud Fundamentals: Big Data & Machine Learning course.

Want to combine the two? Take a look at our Professional Data Engineer track, which will get you on track to obtaining the Google Data Engineer certification.

Course overview

Who should attend:

This course is intended for developers who are responsible for:

  • Extracting, loading, transforming, cleaning, and validating data
  • Designing pipelines and architectures for data processing
  • Integrating analytics and machine learning capabilities into data pipelines
  • Querying datasets, visualizing query results, and creating reports

What you'll learn:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Design and build data processing systems on Google Cloud
  • Process batch and streaming data by implementing autoscaling data pipelines on Dataflow
  • Derive business insights from extremely large datasets using
  • BigQuery
  • Leverage unstructured data using Spark and ML APIs on Dataproc
  • Enable instant insights from streaming data
  • Understand ML APIs and BigQuery ML, and learn to use AutoML to create powerful models without coding


To benefit from this course, participants should have completed our Google Cloud Fundamentals: Big Data & Machine Learning course or have equivalent experience. You should also have:

  • Basic proficiency with a common query language such as SQL
  • Experience with data modeling and ETL (extract, transform, load) activities
  • Experience with developing applications using a common programming language such as Python
  • Familiarity with machine learning and / or statistics

Course agenda

Module 1: Introduction to Data Engineering
  • Explore the role of a data engineer
  • Analyze data engineering challenges
  • Introduction to BigQuery
  • Data lakes and data warehouses
  • Transactional databases versus data warehouses
  • Partner effectively with other data teams
  • Manage data access and governance
  • Build production-ready pipelines
  • Review Google Cloud customer case study
  • Lab: Using BigQuery to do Analysis
Module 2: Building a Data Lake
  • Introduction to data lakes
  • Data storage and ETL options on Google Cloud
  • Building a data lake using Cloud Storage
  • Securing Cloud Storage
  • Storing all sorts of data types
  • Cloud SQL as a relational data lake
Module 3: Building a Data Warehouse
  • The modern data warehouse
  • Introduction to BigQuery
  • Getting started with BigQuery
  • Loading data
  • Exploring schemas
  • Schema design
  • Nested and repeated fields
  • Optimizing with partitioning and clustering
  • Lab: Loading Data into BigQuery
  • Lab: Working with JSON and Array Data in BigQuery
Module 4: Introduction to Building Batch Data Pipelines
  • EL, ELT, ETL
  • Quality considerations
  • How to carry out operations in BigQuery
  • Shortcomings
  • ETL to solve data quality issues
Module 5: Executing Spark on Dataproc
  • The Hadoop ecosystem
  • Run Hadoop on Dataproc
  • Cloud Storage instead of HDFS
  • Optimize Dataproc
  • Lab: Running Apache Spark jobs on Dataproc
Module 6: Serverless Data Processing with Dataflow
  • Introduction to Dataflow
  • Why customers value Dataflow
  • Dataflow pipelines
  • Aggregating with GroupByKey and Combine
  • Side inputs and windows
  • Dataflow templates
  • Dataflow SQL
  • Lab: A Simple Dataflow Pipeline (Python/Java)
  • Lab: MapReduce in Dataflow (Python/Java)
  • Lab: Side inputs (Python/Java)
Module 7: Manage Data Pipelines with Cloud Data Fusion & Cloud Composer
  • Building batch data pipelines visually with Cloud Data Fusion
  • Components
  • UI overview
  • Building a pipeline
  • Exploring data using Wrangler
  • Orchestrating work between Google Cloud services with Cloud Composer
  • Apache Airflow environment
  • DAGs and operators
  • Workflow scheduling
  • Monitoring and logging
  • Lab: Building and Executing a Pipeline Graph in Data Fusion
  • Optional Lab: An introduction to Cloud Composer
Module 8: Introduction to Processing Streaming Data
  • Process Streaming Data
  • Explain streaming data processing
  • Describe the challenges with streaming data
  • Identify the Google Cloud products and tools that can help address streaming data challenges
Module 9: Serverless Messaging with Pub / Sub
  • Introduction to Pub / Sub
  • Pub / Sub push versus pull
  • Publishing with Pub / Sub code
  • Lab: Publish Streaming Data into Pub / Sub
Module 10: Dataflow Streaming Features
  • Steaming data challenges
  • Dataflow windowing
  • Lab: Streaming Data Pipelines
Module 11: High-Throughput BigQuery & Bigtable Streaming Features
  • Streaming into BigQuery and visualizing results
  • High-throughput streaming with Cloud Bigtable
  • Optimizing Cloud Bigtable performance
  • Lab: Streaming Analytics and Dashboards
  • Lab: Streaming Data Pipelines into Bigtable
Module 12: Advanced BigQuery Functionality & Performance
  • Analytic window functions
  • Use With clauses
  • GIS functions
  • Performance considerations
  • Lab: Optimizing your BigQuery Queries for Performance
  • Optional Lab: Partitioned Tables in BigQuery
Module 13: Introduction to Analytics & AI
  • What is AI?
  • From ad-hoc data analysis to data-driven decisions
  • Options for ML models on Google Cloud
Module 14: Prebuilt ML Model APIs for Unstructured Data
  • Challenges dealing with unstructured data
  • ML APIs for enriching data
  • Lab: Using the Natural Language API to Classify Unstructured Text
Module 15: Big Data Analytics with Notebooks
  • What’s a notebook?
  • BigQuery magic and ties to Pandas
  • Lab: BigQuery in Jupyter Labs on AI Platform
Module 16: Production ML Pipelines
  • Ways to do ML on Google Cloud
  • Vertex AI Pipelines
  • AI Hub
  • Lab: Running Pipelines on Vertex AI
Module 17: Custom Model Building with SQL in BigQuery ML
  • BigQuery ML for quick model building
  • Supported models
  • Lab option 1: Predict Bike Trip Duration with a Regression Model in BigQuery ML
  • Lab option 2: Movie Recommendations in BigQuery ML
Module 18: Custom Model Building with AutoML
  • Why AutoML?
  • AutoML Vision
  • AutoML NLP
  • AutoML tables

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