FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS AUTIF-DP Automotive Technology

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Overview

  • Two-year diploma
  • May entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • International Students
This program is for international students. If you are a domestic student, click here to view the Automotive Technician- Certificate program.

Description

The Automotive Technology program gives you the necessary skills required to diagnose and repair today’s automobile. Training alternates between in class, live shop and work experience. Classroom instruction will broaden your knowledge in automotive electronics as well as strategies required for diagnosis of engine management systems, fuel injection and abs brakes.

  • Main subject areas include electrical diagnosis, electronics, ignition systems, engines, drive-lines, steering and suspension, brakes and fuel system.
  • Second-year students will have the opportunity to be involved in chassis and engine dynamometer projects in areas of emissions analysis, cold weather testing of hybrid and electrical vehicles and engine performance.
  • Upon graduation, students will receive a level two apprenticeship accreditation

Admission Requirements

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

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
      • Grade 10 Science
    • 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.
      and
  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.
        or
      • 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.
        or
      • 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. Academic Requirement
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
      • One credit in each of the following courses:
        • Grade 10 English
        • Grade 10 Science
        • Grade 10 Applied Math 20S or Pre-Calculus Math 20S, or Grade 11 Consumer Math 30S or Essential Math 30S
          or
      • RRC's Academic Foundations program
    • 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.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

Who Should Enrol?

Automotive mechanical work requires good hearing and eyesight, good physical coordination of the whole body, and some strength. You should enjoy working with your hands. Because the work can be intricate, you should have good finger dexterity and be mechanically inclined.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus May 03, 2021 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Books and Supplies
Year 1
$850.001
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$17,077.00
Year 2
$17,077.00
1The College recommends that students provide their own hand tools for this program. The approximate cost of an entry level tool set may vary from $650 to $850 depending on the quality of the tools.

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

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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.
AUTO-1200Basic Electrical
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This course is designed to provide the students with knowledge of the electrical principles as used on today's modern vehicles. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the unit covers basic electrical theory, battery related testing, electrical components and their purpose and operation. This course also covers basic procedures used to diagnose and repair electrical systems and components, including the measurement of voltage, resistance and amperage.

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AUTO-1203Shop Safety and Tools
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This course will provide students with the knowledge and hands-on skills that are required to safely and effectively use power and hand tools, shop equipment and fasteners, as well as hoist, jacks and stands. Instruction will include basic shop operations, and the use of the measuring tools and metal fabrication tools that are used to cut, drill and tap metal. The use of scan tools and multimeters, V.I.N. numbers, service information, and the preparation of trade related documents, will also be covered in this course.

AUTO-1204Tires, Wheels and Hubs
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This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about tires, wheels and hubs when working with modern vehicles and light trucks. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the unit covers tire codes and sidewall markings as well as the tools and equipment related to tires, wheels and hubs. This course also covers procedures used to diagnose, repair and replace tires, wheel assemblies, hubs and TPMS sensors.

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AUTO-1205Drive Shafts and Axles
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This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to confidently work on drive shafts and axles on automotive cars and light trucks. The course begins with basic terminology and safe work practices and covers types of drive shafts, drive shaft components, axles and their components. The course also covers the procedures used to adjust, diagnose, repair and replace drive shafts and axles. This course includes theory along with practical instructional methods.

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AUTO-1206Vehicle Maintenance
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This course will introduce students to the common service and maintenance procedures performed on vehicles and light trucks. Topics will include inspection, service and fluid exchange procedures for: engines, transmissions, differentials, transfer cases, power steering and brake systems. Basic undercarriage and underhood inspection as well as seasonal maintenance procedures will also be explored.

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AUTO-1207Suspension and Steering
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This course will cover the inspection, diagnosis, repair and maintenance of various steering and suspension systems and components.

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AUTO-1208Brakes
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This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about braking systems when working with today's automotive vehicles and light trucks. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the unit covers hydraulic principles and the types of braking systems including their components and operation. The unit also covers the procedures used to adjust, diagnose, repair and replace braking system components. A thorough review of math calculations will be included as well as Pascal's law of hydraulic fluids.

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AUTO-1209Body and Trim
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This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about body components and trim when working with today's modern vehicles. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, this course covers body components and accessories and the types of electrical/electronic systems used in body and trim. This course also covers types and sources of noise, vibration and harshness, as well as the proper procedures used to adjust, diagnose, repair and replace body components and trim.

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AUTO-1212Course Introduction
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This course allows the students to acclimatize to the college environment as well as Canadian culture. During this week, students will be introduced to the ESL and language training departments as well as the Instructors for their Automotive Technology and related courses. The objective of this course is to provide a comfortable learning environment for the students prior to the start of the main subject areas. Time will be spent touring the college and the various departments and time will be given to secure text books, lockers, coveralls etc.

AUTO-1213Engine Mechanical Systems
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The Automotive Technology program has two levels of Engine Mechanical: Engine Mechanical Systems (this course) and Engine Diagnosis and Repair, which is in year two of this program. The Engine Mechanical Systems course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge of engine construction and principles of operation. Beginning with terminology and internal combustion principles, this course covers the types of engine classifications and configurations, major engine components and types of valve train configurations. There is a Math and Science segment integrated into this course which covers the combustion process as well as calculations related to engine displacement, compression ratios, horsepower, area and volume. The Engine Mechanical Systems course includes both theory and practical instructional methods.

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AUTO-2050Introduction to Electronics
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The Introduction to Electronics Course has been developed to prepare the student for diagnosing electrical, electronic and drivability concerns on today’s vehicles. This course has been designed to build on the knowledge base of the Electrical course from year one. Beginning with an electrical review, this course covers terminology and safe work practices when working with electrical and electronic circuits. Students will be building and testing electronic circuits. This course covers the theory and practical applications of electronics and their circuits.

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AUTO-2051Engine Management
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The Engine Management Course has been developed to prepare the student for diagnosing drivability concerns on today’s vehicles. This course has been designed to build on the knowledge base of the courses taken previously. Beginning terminology and safe work practices this course covers both ignition and fuel delivery methods as well as emission analysis and drivability diagnosis. This course covers the theory and practical applications of the complete combustion process as well as computer sensors and actuators and the use of lab scopes and scan tools. The Engine Management course includes both theory and practical instructional methods.

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AUTO-2052Advanced Brakes
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The Braking Systems Advanced course was designed to build on the Brakes course from year one. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, this course reviews base brakes and hydraulics followed by the various types of Anti-Lock Brake systems, their purpose and modes of operation. This course provides the student with the knowledge to diagnose, repair and replace ABS braking systems and components. The Braking Systems Advanced course includes both theory and practical instructional methods.

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AUTO-2053Body Electrical and Diagnosis
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This course is specifically designed to provide the student with the knowledge and hands on skills required to diagnose and repair the vehicles electrical systems. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, this course covers types of lighting and windshield wiper systems as well as the vehicles electrical accessories. This course also covers network communications, wiring schematics and electrical diagnostic procedures. The Body Electrical and Diagnosis course includes both theory and practical instructional methods

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AUTO-2054Starting, Charging and Electrical Systems
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This course will provide the student with the knowledge about starting, charging and electrical systems on early and late model automotive vehicles and light trucks. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, this course covers types of starting and charging systems, their components, and their operation. Also included are the procedures used to adjust, diagnose, repair and replace components of starting and charging systems. Integrated into this course is a science segment to help the student fully understand magnetic and electromagnetic principles, induction, and electric motor operation.

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AUTO-2055Engine Diagnosis and Repair
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The Engine Diagnosis and Repair course is designed to build on the foundation of the Engine Fundamentals course from year one. This course is specifically designed to provide the student with the knowledge and hands on skills required to diagnose and repair engine systems. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the course covers types and sources of engine problems and procedures to diagnose and repair mechanical engine problems. The Engine Diagnosis and Repair course includes both theory and practical instructional methods.

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AUTO-2056Manual Transmissions and Clutches
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The Manual Transmission and Clutches course is designed to build on the foundation of the Drive Shafts and Axles course taken in year one. This course is specifically designed to provide the student with the knowledge and hands on skills required to diagnose, repair and service problems associated with manual transmissions, transaxles and clutches. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the course covers types of manual transmissions and transaxles and clutches and their components and operation. This course also covers the procedures used to replace manual transmissions and clutches and their related components. This course includes both theory and practical instructional methods.

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AUTO-2057Wheel Alignment
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The Wheel Alignment course is designed to build on the foundation of the Steering and Suspensions course 1 and 2. This course is specifically designed to provide the student with the additional knowledge and hands-on skills required to diagnose and perform wheel alignments on today’s automotive vehicles and light trucks. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the course covers steering geometry principles and procedures to adjust, diagnose and repair steering and electronically controlled suspension systems. The emphasis of this course is to prepare the student to confidently diagnose and perform wheel alignments when in Industry. The Wheel Alignment course includes both theory and practical instructional methods. 

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AUTO-2058Advanced Vehicle Service
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The Advanced Vehicle Service course is the final section of the two year Automotive Technology Course. This course has been designed to incorporate all of the subject areas taken over the past two years and allow the student to enhance their skills and complete any practical tasks required for their portfolio. Emphasis will be placed on improving areas of weakness and to help prepare them to enter the workforce by improving communication and managing skills. Managers and guest speakers from the industry will be brought in to speak to students to help prepare them for a successful career in the automotive Industry. The Advanced Vehicle Service course includes both theory and practical instructional methods.

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AUTO-2059Differentials and Drivelines
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The Differentials and Drivelines course is designed to build on the foundation of the Manual Transmissions and Clutches course taken in year 2. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, this course covers types of differentials, final drive assemblies and differential housings. The Differentials and Drivelines course also covers the procedures used to adjust, diagnose, repair and replace differentials and final drive assemblies. This course includes both theory and practical instructional methods.

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AUTO-2060AC-326 Accreditation for Level 2
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AUTO-2201Hybrids
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This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to current-generation hybrid and electric vehicle systems. Topics in this course include the fundamentals of hybrid technology and the types of hybrid powertrain, along with the hazards, safe working procedures and specialized equipment that is used when working with high voltage hybrid and electric vehicles.

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AUTO-2207Advanced Suspension and Steering
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This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and hands-on skills required to diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the course reviews types of steering and suspension systems, steering gears, assist systems and their components. Also covered are the procedures used to adjust, diagnose, repair and replace steering and suspension system components. The Advanced Steering and Suspension course includes both theory and practical instructional methods.

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COMM-1173Communication Strategies
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

COMM-9999Communications TBA
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COMM-9999Communications TBA
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COMM-9999Communications TBA
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SAFE-1028WHMIS
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The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

SEMR-9209General Safety Training
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This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

WRKE-1210Work Experience 1
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The work experience course is the final compulsory course of the Automotive Technology year one program. It provides the student with on the job training at a dealership or accredited service station. During this four week segment, students will be working under the supervision of a licensed technician and will assisting technicians with actual vehicle repair and diagnosing techniques as well as experiencing the day to day operations of an auto repair facility.

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WRKE-2210Work Experience 2
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The work experience course is the final compulsory course of the Automotive Technology program. It provides the student with on the job training at a dealership or accredited service station. During this four week segment, students will be working under the supervision of a licensed technician and will assisting technicians with actual vehicle repair and diagnosing techniques as well as experiencing the day to day operations of an auto repair facility.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/studentcomputing for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.


Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

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.

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Work Experience


There are two, four week work experiences in this two year program. The first is at the end of term two and the second at the end of term 4. You will be working one on one with qualified licensed technicians at a dealership or service station.

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.

Student/Alumni Testimonial

“The Transportation Technology programs are very intense, compact and industry-oriented. Red River College courses are job-related, and teachers share their experiences and make excellent presentations. Shop classes simulate real-life working environments so well, students can transfer their classroom experience." - Charles Lu

Contact Information

Centre for International Education and Global Partnerships
D210-2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3H 0J9
Phone: 204.632.2143
Fax: 204.632.5269
Email: intled@rrc.ca

How to Apply

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

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

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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