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  • Five-month certificate
  • September and February entry dates
  • Stevenson Campus, Winnipeg
  • Training is 25% theory based and 75% hands-on learning based
  • International applicants contact RRC's International Education Office at intled@rrc.ca or 204-632-2143 for information on this program and space availability

Aerospace Manufacturing was collaboratively developed by Boeing Canada, Bristol Aerospace, and Red River College to prepare students for positions as skilled production workers in aerospace composite manufacturing.

The program consists of nine separate courses, all of which have theory-based lectures followed by practical project-based workshops. You complete the theory and hands-on components of each course before moving onto the next.

Each course has been streamlined to provide you with maximum, effective learning over the shortest possible training interval.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

We recommend you have strong academic, technical, and communication skills.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following courses:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Grade 12 Courses
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)

Who Should Enrol?

Consider this program if you have a general interest in aviation and have good manual dexterity, strong reading skills, a good work ethic with attention to detail, and the ability to follow detailed instructions.

You should be physically fit and be able to stand for extended periods of time.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Stevenson Jan 11, 2021 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Other Fees
Year 1
1CSA Approved Safety Shoes

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
AVIA-1045Introduction to Aerospace Manufacturing
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Basic mathematics - demonstrate the knowledge to use mathematical numbers in different forms to fabricate composite and assembly structure; ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; use of fractions and decimals. Aerodynamics - demonstrate the knowledge of basic aircraft aerodynamics; aircraft flight; concepts of aerodynamics; lift, eight, thrust, drag theories; axes of flight theories; demonstrate knowledge of aerospace manufacturing regulations; air regulations (DOT, FAA, Boeing compliance).

AVIA-1046Honeycombe Core Fabrication
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Identify types of care (materials, classes, grades); ability to trim core (rough trim, net trim, CNC trim); ability to chamfer core (includes chamfer radius); stabilize core; recognize and use potting compounds (BMS 5-28); ability to pot and bond splice; heat forming; identify core (label and buy-off).

AVIA-1047Composite Fabrication
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Cloth kitting - identify prefab material matrix (low and high temp); storage and handling life specifications; calculate exposure hours; hand cut kits; CNC cutting and labeling. Composite fabrication - lay up and bagging techniques; applicable tooling; accurately complete all required paperwork; define required acronyms, abbreviations, and terminology. Cure - determine correct curing procedure (oven or autoclave); ability to debag.

AVIA-1048Trim Including Inspection
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Trim - identify tool setback; use hand rout fixtures and routers; recognize necessity for CNC fixtures and trimming; ability to deburr; ability to chamfer and edge radius. Inspection - receiving inspection; inspection methods (drawing, visual, dimensional, NDI); self inspection and acceptance; composite vs. metal detail inspection; close tolerance hole inspection; rejection tag process; material test and retest process (Lab); precision measurement (Q.C. specific).

AVIA-1049Sheet Metal and Composite Assembly
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Assembly - align and attach parts; use temporary fasteners; trim and fit parts; drill, ream and countersink holes; disassemble components and parts; dress and deburr parts; assemble parts and structural fasteners; remove parts/components from jigs or fixtures. Fastener installation - select fasteners, lay-out hole patterns; drill, ream, and countersink holes; install corrosion treated fastener holes (wet installation); set and buck rivets; install swage threadless collars; install panel and cowling fasteners; install blind nuts; install blind bolts and rivets.

AVIA-1050Exterior Finish
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Exterior finish - material matrix (primers, conductive coatings and enamel); application of coatings; curing of coatings; inspection of coatings. Corrosion control - apply water displacement compounds (Alodine/Anodize); apply leveling compounds; edge seal details (composite, metal, resin, primer). Surface Preparation - material matrix (conditioners and pinhole fillers); cure surface materials; finish product. Shipping - details of protective wrapping of parts or shipping; identify parts; airworthiness acceptance procedures.

AVIA-1051Blueprint Reading Including Process Specifications
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Blueprint reading - define the content of automated parts lists and advanced drawing change notices; interpret drawings, dimensions, notes (detail, assembly, installation); types of drawings and views; types of lines and arrangements of views; blueprint arrangement; interpret dimension elements, systems, angles, purposes; types of tolerance; aerodynamic smoothness requirements; assigned engineering numbers and block numbers. Process specifications - define content of material specs (BMS); content of process spec (BAC); recognize and use standard specs; process specifications departures (PSD's); spec control (liaise with Manufacturing Engineering); familiarize with Quality Assurance Manual (purpose, content, control).

AVIA-1052Safety and Tool Handling
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Safety Health & Environmental Affairs (SHEA) - awareness of Health & Safety hazards; how to handle hazardous materials (MSDS); compliance with safety regulations; use of personal protective equipment; operation of emergency safety equipment; knowledge of housekeeping practices (5S's); maintenance of tools and equipment; awareness of fire hazards. Tools and equipment - select and operate hand tools; select and operate power tools; select and operate shop equipment; maintain hand and power tools. Precision measurement - sue rulers; use dial calipers; use micrometers; feeler gauges; hole gauges. Tooling fabrication - define fabrication techniques (models vs. Catia); define types of tools; tool sustainment; lay-out and fabricate a cutting pattern.

AVIA-9003TOWES Preparation and Exam
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This course will prepare the student to take the TOWES exam.

CNTC-1009Composite Repair
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Approved repair instructions (D6-53900); clean damage by sanding, grinding, and routing; prepare patching by step/taper sanding; shape/size core for replacement; replace cored areas with potting compounds; bond core replacement; lay-up repair plies using pre-preg cloth; cure repairs.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Other Information

Where is Stevenson Aviation and Aerospace Training Centre located?
There are two Stevenson Aviation and Aerospace Training Centre locations -- one in Winnipeg and one in Southport. This program is being offered at the Winnipeg location at 2280 Saskatchewan Avenue.  

Note: there is currently limited Winnipeg Transit service to the Centre.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

The aerospace manufacturing industry offers rewarding employment and career challenges in a growing dynamic industry.

Graduates of the program have the opportunity to enter a number of companies in the Winnipeg market that repair or manufacture composite structures.

Contact Information

For additional program information contact:.

Stevenson Campus
2280 Saskatchewan Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 3Y9
204-945-6001 or 1-866-706-5833


How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.


Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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