What is the Data Engineering Coaching?

The Coaching is the 1 on 1 mentoring program to learn Data Engineering for:

  • Becoming a Data Engineer
  • Complementing your Data Science knowledge with Data Engineering
  • Getting better at what you do by learning how to improve your current project at work

What you are going to do:

You are going to do a personal project that's going to help you learn and apply Data Engineering:

  1. You research important tools
  2. You select a dataset and set your goals
  3. You design your platform and pipelines.
  4. You create that project end to end locally or on the cloud
  5. You document your work
  6. You tune your CV and application for your job search
  7. You apply to the researched jobs or jobs just like those, show your skills

Your Coach Andreas Kretz

  • More than 1.5 years Data Engineering coaching experience
  • Over Eight Years Corporate Data Science & IoT experience
  • 14+ Years Computer Science
  • Data Science Platform Architect
  • Data Engineer & Engineering Team Lead
  • Team Lead Data Lab
  • LinkedIn Top Voice Data Science & Analytics 2018 & 2019
  • Diploma In Applied Computer Sciences
  • YouTuber & Host Of The Plumbers Of Data Science Podcast

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Short Facts

  • Personal support to learn Data Engineering 
  • 12 week personal mentoring while building your Data Engineering project
  • Kickoff Zoom call
  • Two 1 on 1 Zoom meetings every week (30min sessions)
  • Weekly Coaching meetup group call Friday 4pm CEST
  • International times: NY -6h, SF -9h, BGL +3.5h
  • Coaching certificate
  • Lifetime access to the Data Engineering Academy
  • Lifetime access to our private Slack workgroup and coaching channel

Coaching Schedule

  • Additionally to the courses of the academy the coaching offers modules specific for working on projects
  • After the kickoff meeting you start researching what topics are important on the job market for you
  • We will select a dataset for your project and set your goals
  • We design your project's platform (tools & pipelines)
  • Before building the project we work on schema designs for your pipelines & data stores
  • You build your project and document your work
  • We work on building your professional profile online and your CV and cover letter

Weekly Structure

  • Work on your project throughout the week
  • Use the Academy content as support
  • Document your progress every week
  • If you want to write blog posts: We share your blog posts on social media to boost your professional profile on social media
  • Book private 1 on 1 Zoom calls twice a week where we plan your project or talk about topics that come up throughout the week
  • Monday and Thursday 6am - 8am and 2pm - 6pm CEST
  • Tuesday 2pm - 6pm CEST
  • Friday 2pm - 4pm CEST
  • Every Friday we do a Coaching Meetup where all the members can join

Are you ready for the Coaching?

Platforms & Tools

This is a selection of platforms and tools we use often in the Coaching program

Platform AWS Azure GCP
Used in Coaching Most of the time Some times A few times
Data Ingestion API Gateway
S3 Folders
AWS Glue
API Management
Data Factory
Cloud Endpoints
Message Queues Kinesis Data Streams
Kinesis Firehose
Event Hub Pub / Sub
Processing Lambda
Data Factory
Data Flow
Storage S3
Cloud Storage
Visualization Power BI
QuickSight (AWS)
Data Studio (GCP)
Other Tools ElasticSearch, Kibana, MongoDB, Airflow, Docker
Main Languages Python, SQL

Previous Students We Helped:

  • Data Scientists
  • Data Analysts
  • Cloud Platform Engineers
  • System Administrators
  • Database Administrators
  • E-Comerce Analysts

Student Projects:

What our students say:


Wonderfully said, "Where there's a will, there's a way".

I had a will to become a Data Engineer and refined my skills, and Andreas and his coaching helped me find the way

Andreas is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to data engineering and has the ability to understand each individual student perfectly.


Data Engineering coaching by Andreas exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend it. Andreas very quickly grasps your project and its underlying set of problems .

He then guides you through the big picture and later on through the project steps via discussions and hinting at the potential directions, together with keeping you on the right track.

Andreas was very generous with his time. All in all, excellent experience and a great investment in learning. I am considering coming back for another round.


During the mentorship with Andreas, I was able to refine my Data Engineering skills. I can now quickly identify the tools required for a use case and plan to implement data pipelines

Group Discounts

If you're interested in signing up with your team - ask about our group discounts here: Group Discount Application

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The Coaching currently costs $1499 plus local tax.

Feedback from our students

"Andreas really helped me get into data engineering as a beginner."

David P.

"I totally love the Zoom calls. This way I not only learn from doing my own project, but I can also learn from the other students' project."

Tilek C.

"I found a Data Engineer job within weeks of starting the coaching"

Cathy D.

"Trough Andreas' support I was able to start my project at work within a few weeks."

Kunal S.

"Data is a big topic, and many times I find myself overwhelmed by all the decisions that need to be made, to make a good data project.

Fortunately, by joining Andreas' Data Engineering Coaching, I was introduced to a structured approach to evaluate data projects, and implement them with the best tools on the market today. Andreas helps to take complicated concepts, and simplify them, which is so valuable, and the lessons he taught me are invaluable.

Andreas is a great engineer, communicator, very patient, and the best in his class. Highly recommended!!"

Hassan A.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does the Coaching work?

In the coaching we go through all the important topics of the Learn Data Engineering course within the 12 weeks to build your project.

Every week you book the 1 on 1 coaching Zoom calls during office hours.

Monday and Thursday (30min slots) 6am - 8am and 2pm - 6pm German time

International times: NY -6h, SF -9h, BGL +3.5h

In between the calls you:

- Work on the worksheets of the modules or build your project.

- Document your learning in blog posts or videos

- Work on your GitHub

End of every week all students can join our weekly meetup call Friday 4pm German time

How are the Zoom calls working?

The Zoom calls are private 1 on 1 calls.

You will receive a Calendly link where you can book each session.

If you join as a group then please book consecutive sessions.

You can book the sessions up to one hour before the start, so I can plan ahead.

The goal within the calls is to mentor you on your journey, get you unstuck, point you in the right directing, give feedback to you how you are doing.

You should bombard me with questions. These are not coding sessions. I am not going to code your project. 

I record all the calls so I can take interesting bits and put them up in the course for "normal" members. I also put interesting bits from the office hours on my youtube channel for others to learn.

Upon request I can deliver you the replay of individual sessions

Your face or your personal information will never be shown in the videos. Your voice might be in the video if you ask a great question.

How often can I attend the 1 on 1 calls?

You can book a meeting every Monday and Thursday.

The best students usually join at least once, better twice a week.

What is the Friday Coaching Meetup?

The Friday meetup is a call all coaching members can attend. In the meeting you can show what you currently work on and what your next goals are. You can stay in touch with the other coaching members and learn from them.

What will I learn?

Within the coaching you will learn how to do a Data Engineering project that fits to existing job openings in your area. By doing your personal project and documenting it you will learn everything you need to get hired.

Within the project you will:

- Learn how to plan and build a state of the art data science platform.

- Learn how to realize stream and batch processing.

- Gain experience in NoSQL databases. 

- Learn how to realize machine learning and business intelligence into your platform.

- Work with Data Warehouses for Business Analytics use cases

What is the difference in content between coaching and the academy?

The academy access is included in the coaching. In the Academy you find courses teaching you

  • Data Engineering Fundamentals
  • Single Tools
  • Complete capstone projects

In the coaching you use these courses as support to build your project.

I help you through the steps and point you in the right direction based on your skills and your future plans.

For beginners we often use these projects, like the AWS capstone project, in the coaching as well. It's a bit easier then starting completely from scratch (a bit like painting by the numbers)

You profit from my years of corporate data science experience.

Can I upgrade to the Coaching as an Academy member?

Yes, this is no problem!

Just send an email to [email protected] We will send you will a coupon which reduces the price of the coaching by the price of the annual access to the Academy, which you have already paid.

Is the coaching right for me?

The coaching is right for you:

If you are interested in the plumbing of data science and want to apply it in your future. We have helped many members and coaching students who work as Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Database Administrator, Software Developer as well as graduates who are searching for Data Engineering jobs.

Don't book the coaching:

If you are looking to learn machine learning algorithms.

Is this coaching useful for Data Scientists?

Of course!

Data Scientists often work with data engineers and need to understand Data Engineering tools and techniques. This knowledge can be very beneficial for a job search.

Also many Data Scientists need to do Data Engineering tasks, especially in early stages of a project. Like building a demonstrator for a proof of concept.

Data Scientists often build and maintain platforms and pipelines when there is no dedicated engineering team set up yet.

Please keep in mind though this is an engineering program. You will not learn about machine learning and other pure Data Scientist topics in the coaching sessions.

What basic skills do you recommend for the coaching?

You need:

Basic skills in one programming language. (Preferably Python)

Know what relational databases are how to use SQL and optionally how to build one

How much time to I have to spend a week for the coaching?

Let's be real: You need to spend time working on your project.

Three months sounds long, but it's no joke. You have to work every day on it. 

If you want to spend five hours a week on the training then you will not get very far.

If you want to land a job at top companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon you have to try harder!

I had students who worked many, many hours on their project.

People can see that! Don't underestimate this. 

You need to fully commit to this.

Otherwise you should keep your spot open for someone else.

What do I need to do the coaching?

- You need to be able to communicate in English

- You need a device that is able to run Zoom video conferencing software

- You need to have a microphone and camera (I don't want to speak to a black rectangle with a name in it )

- Time to do a project from home

- Time to document your work

How long do I have to complete the course?

The coaching itself takes 12 weeks. During these 12 weeks you will go through your project and can participate in the regular zoom meetings.

After the 12 weeks you will still have access to all materials.

A lifelong access so to speak :-)

You can get in touch with me and the community when ever you want. Just without the Zoom calls.

Do you give a success guarantee?

Success or job guarantees are a bunch of marketing mumbo jumbo!

Of course there is no guarantee! Especially during these times.

It's all up to you. 

One thing I can guarantee is: If you work hard it will pay off.

You'll see.


Where can I get even more information?

If you have specific questions regarding the coaching or the Learn Data Engineering Academy membership, please feel free to contact me directly. Just click here.