AUTTF-CT Automotive Technician-Certificate

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  • One-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Credit transfer opportunities:
    • High school credits
    • Credit toward the four-year motor vehicle mechanics apprenticeship
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

This program gives you an understanding of the basic purpose, construction, operation, and service of component parts and assemblies of an automobile.

You will develop the knowledge and skills required to disassemble, inspect, machine, calibrate and reassemble motor vehicle units and components. You will study internal combustion engines, automatic and standard transmissions, brakes, steering, electrical circuits, wiring, and fuel systems.

Most training will take place at RRC’s auto mechanics workshop, an environment that will give you the practical experience required for industry employment. You will also acquire industry work experience as part of this program.

This is a not an apprenticeship program, but may provide credit transfer opportunities towards apprenticeship. The Government of Manitoba, Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade offers apprenticeship training that combines on-the-job practical skills development with levels of technical training. If you are interested in applying to an apprenticeship program, please visit

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit 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.

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.
  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. 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
      • 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.
  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?

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. 

You will need a tolerance for working with grease and oil, and for exposure to various levels of exhaust fumes, dust, and dirt. Reading comprehension is important to successfully complete the required related courses: English, math, and science.

If you are seriously considering a career as an auto mechanic you should be prepared for some shift work, and should be able to work under some supervision. 

You should also be prepared for late shifts at the College during your training, as courses in the program may run until 6:00 p.m. from time to time.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 31, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Other Fees
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
1The College recommends that students provide their own hand tools for this program. The approximate cost of tools may vary from $650 to $850 depending on the quality of tools.

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, 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.

Program Outline

Instruction in this program consists of lectures in theory, demonstrations, and practical work applications on both shop models and running vehicles.

Theory grades are determined by an exam on each area. In some courses, assignments account for approximately 20% of the final theory grade.

Your practical work applications are graded separately. You will receive a letter grade for each area of study based on a step-by step evaluation of procedures, cleanliness, and functional workability. Your final mark in each area will be given upon completion of the assigned jobs or tasks.

Courses and Descriptions

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Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
Term 2Credit Hours
AUTO-1209Body and Trim
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 for additional contact information.
AUTO-1031AC-059 Accreditation for Level 1
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Students completing the Automotive Technician - Certificate program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (70%) or better will be accredited with apprenticeship Level 1 status for the Automotive Service Technician trade.

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.

AUTO-1202Engine Fundamentals
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The Engine Fundamentals course is designed to provide students with knowledge of engine construction and the 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. The calculations related to engine displacement, compression ratios, horsepower, area and volume will also be covered.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

AUTO-1210Work Experience
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Students will experience real life situations while spending time at a repair facility of their choice, or at one chosen by a core instructor. During this time, the student will shadow a licensed technician and observe actual repair and diagnostic techniques. Students will be responsible for recording all tasks and repairs into a College-issued Log Book during their time out in industry.

Academic Requisites/Eligibility:
  1. Successfully completed all first-year courses;
  2. Maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better in the program;
  3. Completed all coursework to date (no missing assignments);
  4. Demonstrated workplace readiness through consistently professional conduct throughout the program.

These requirements apply right up until the start of work placement. An arranged placement may be canceled should a student fail to fulfill the eligibility requirements.

AUTO-1211Advanced Drivelines
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This course will cover the fundamentals of drivelines in the modern automotive vehicle. Topics to be included are clutches, differentials, standard and automatic transmissions. Maintenance and minor service procedures relating to these systems will also be explored.

AUTO-2200Advanced Electrical
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This course will cover the fundamentals of electronics and solid state devices, electromagnetism, and starting and charging systems. It is designed to build on the principles learned in the Basic Electrical course (AUTO-1200).

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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.

AUTO-2202Advanced Engine Repair
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The Advanced Engine Repair course is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the operation and repair of the internal combustion engine. The course will cover engine diagnosis and repair, cooling and lubrication systems, engine disassembly and reassembly, as well as the replacement of timing belts and chains.

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This course teaches the foundations of effective communication in the workplace, including basic technical writing, interpersonal skills and oral presentations. The job search module includes the preparation of a trade-specific resume and cover letter, the development of effective interview skills, and the exploration of professional presence online (individual and corporate).

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Students will build on the foundations of the effective communication practices and strategies learned in COMM-1105. The focus will be on a continuing practice of interpersonal skills, oral presentation, and technical writing. Students will refine their job search documents and job interview skills, and they will ensure their online profile and presence is professional.

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This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to use mathematics with precision, resourcefulness and confidence as it applies to the automotive service trade. Beginning with a review of basic mathematical operations, this course of study will progress towards the more advanced mathematical topic areas that an automotive service technician needs to work with in order to perform the tasks of the trade in an effective and accurate fashion.

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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.

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This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about the basic scientific principles on which the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems of the automobile are based. Matter and energy, heat and thermodynamics, metallurgy, simple machines, basic hydraulics, basic electricity and basic engine fundamentals and engine performance calculations are the areas that will be covered in this course.

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.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Transferring credits from high school

  • Graduates of Louis Riel - Arts & Technology Centre may be eligible for advanced credit in this program
  • Graduates of high school vocational programs may be eligible for advanced credit in this program

Transferring credits to other Red River College programs
Graduates will be qualified to apply for the Automotive Technician - Diploma program offered by the College. This 36-week program has been designed to meet the demand for training in new technology. It supplements the certificate program and will prepare you to work in the automotive electronic field.

Apprenticeship opportunities
Graduates may be granted up to one level of in-school training towards the four-year motor vehicle mechanics apprenticeship program. Time credit, which reduces the length of your apprenticeship, is at the discretion of the employer and Apprenticeship Manitoba. During the next three levels of the apprenticeship program (there are four in total), you will be required by Apprenticeship Manitoba to return to the College for additional theoretical and practical training.

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

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.

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Employment Potential

Graduates of this program have found employment in service stations, dealerships, large corporations, farming communities and allied industries where they work in service/repair, sales or parts distribution.

Graduates who have entered apprenticeship programs and reached the journeyperson level work as:

  • Journeyperson mechanics
  • Shop supervisors
  • Service managers
  • Parts managers
  • Machine operators
  • Service station operators

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

How to Apply

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

Student Evaluation of Program

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