FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS MANCF-CT Manufacturing Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)

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  • One-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg

This program provides you with the skills necessary to produce computer-aided mechanical drawings of components and assemblies of industrial machines, machinery parts, and other mechanical equipment.

You will hone your problem-solving abilities and drafting skills through practical assignments, where you must think through the process of drawing development. You will spend a significant portion of the program learning about and producing drawings using computer-aided drafting (CAD). You will receive training on a wide variety of software programs such as recent releases of AutoCAD, Solid Edge, and Inventor, to give you the experience required to develop technical drawings.

As the year progresses, you will be asked to demonstrate planning, research, and analytical abilities as you undertake project design work.

As a graduate, you will possess skills in the following areas:

  • Computer operation
  • Basic manufacturing processes
  • Quality control inspection
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerance
  • Metallurgy
  • Heat treatment

Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to attend a program overview information session. You will also be invited to participate in a math and reading skills diagnostic testing session that will advise you of your program readiness.

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.

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
    • 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.  f 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 11
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in Grade 11, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 11 English
      • Grade 11 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)
LSI (Language Studies International)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)

Who Should Enrol?

Consider this program if you are interested in engineering drawing and design. You should be comfortable working with computers, as approximately half of the class time consists of computer work in the CAD lab.

Strong math and communication skills will be beneficial. Although a background in physical science is not required, an understanding of the basic concepts in physical science and mechanics will be helpful.

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

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

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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.
CNTC-1012Dimensional Metrology
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This course focuses on measuring and gauging geometric tolerances - the fundamentals of dimensional metrology. In addition to learning basic skills of using inspection tools and equipment required to perform basic open set-ups on a variety of parts that are typical of what is found in industry, students will learn to identify appropriate features on various parts and understand how they are related. They will apply principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to the inspection process following the ANSI Y14.5 M-1982 Standard. As well, the methodology for proper verification, safe and proper use of lab equipment and facilities, and final report format will be modeled.

CNTC-1015Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
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Presenting fundamental concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing according to ANSI Y14.5M-1982 Standards, this 'hands-on' course teaches students how to properly apply the principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to the manufacturing and inspection process. Students will inspect various parts using proper quality control methods.

CNTC-1034Metallurgy & Heat Treatment
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This course provides students with an overview of metallurgical equipment and introduces fundamental concepts of metallurgical procedures, from sample preparation and constituent identification through to theoretical physical metallurgy, to gain a more comprehensive understanding of mechanical metallurgy.

CNTC-1069Science 1
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This course introduces students to the basic concepts of trade science. Students will learn about pure metals and alloys (focusing on steel and sheet metal), heat treatment methods and its effect on metals, and solving shop problems involving physical science principles including force, stress, horsepower, and efficiency.

COMM-1095Communication Skills 1
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Clear and effective written and oral communication are essential for ensuring safety, quality production, and operating efficiency in the technical field. This course will provide the content to present written and oral technical information clearly and concisely. As well, this course will provide a brief overview on portfolio development.

COMM-2119Communications Skills 2
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Clear and effective written communication is essential for ensuring safety, quality production, and operating efficiency in the technical field. This course will provide the content to present instructions and procedures clearly and concisely. As well, this course will equip students with the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with potential employers.

MANU-1001Computer Aided Drafting 1
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This course introduces students to computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD software. Students will learn the commands, methods, and tools for producing, viewing, and editing two-dimensional and three-dimensional models.

MANU-1007Capstone Project(s)
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Students undertake projects generated by students, industry, or faculty. A capstone project involves researching the project, developing and designing solutions, and organizing a thesis/report to document the project work. Students are expected to create detail and assembly drawings, develop and deliver oral presentations on the capstone project, and defend the overall project design by: working effectively on research and development; communicating graphically using computer-aided drafting (CAD) and drafting conventions; using advanced computer-aided software to develop products for manufacture; using application software in the solution of problems; applying scientific and mathematical principles to the analysis and solution of problems; applying management principles to the solution of problems; producing formal reports and documents; and communicating effectively in written and oral modes.

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In this course, students are introduced to a manufacturing (mass production) environment. Students become aware of the variety of materials and processes that are used in manufacturing industries. The course also introduces students to a number of practical considerations and common methods and philosophies that are used in the quantity manufacturing world. Students will have the opportunity to transfer theoretical learning to practical applications through labs and a project.

MANU-1012PC Fundamentals
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This course is designed to introduce students to computer applications using a 'hands-on' approach.

MANU-1035Industry Training
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Students are placed in an engineering office of a firm that produces manufacturing CAD drawings or performs related tasks for a four-week period. During this time, students gain exposure to the production of working drawings and other related drafting duties, and to drafting office procedures. At the end of industrial training, students are expected to: understand and practice professional ethics; apply accepted business practices and procedures to industrial situations; communicate graphically using computer-aided drafting (CAD) and drafting conventions; identify and comply with industrial safety standards; communicate effectively using acceptable industrial terminology.

MANU-1038Engineering Drawing 1
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Drafting principles and conventions required to produce working drawings will be covered. Sketching techniques will initially be used to develop these basic concepts, and as the students' knowledge of AutoCAD increases, these drawings will be done by computer. Some of the areas to be studied include: multi-view projection, pictorials, sections, auxiliary views, fasteners, and more.

MANU-2000Computer Aided Drafting 2
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This course introduces students to computer-aided design and concepts in 3D solids modeling and parametric modeling. Students learn to build and manipulate intelligent 3D solid models creating multi-view engineering drawings and assemblies models. Autodesk Inventor as well as additional software will be used for production of these models and drawings.

MANU-2039Engineering Drawing 2
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Industry relies on engineering drawings for the production and assembly of all manufactured parts. This course deals with detail, assembly, weldment, and development drawings used to transmit this information. All drawings will be created using AutoCAD software.

MATH-1116Mathematics 1
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This course reviews the four mathematical operations in concepts such as whole numbers, fractions, and decimals using a calculator and without a calculator. Students also learn to apply principles of conversions using metric and imperial measurements, principles of percent, ratio and proportion and right-angle triangle. Students will be introduced to calculations involving perimeter, area and volume and will learn how to manipulate equations and formulae to solve shop-related problems. In most instances, students will apply mathematical knowledge to solve shop-related problems accurately and independently.

MATH-2119Mathematics 2
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This unit introduces the student to the principles of trade mathematics. It consists of a review of math concepts and continues with computed measure of plane and three-dimensional objects.

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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.

SCIE-2071Science 2
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This course introduces students to basic concepts of trade science. Students will receive instruction in the basic concepts of strength of materials, as well as the resolution of simple static forces. Suggested learning activities are assigned to enhance the student's ability to meet the learning outcomes of the course. The learning activities outlined in this course are provided as suggestions only and may be substituted for other relevant activities.

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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, you will be able to produce computer-aided mechanical drawings of components and assemblies of industrial machines, machinery parts and other mechanical equipment by:

Preparing engineering drawings to meet CAN/CSA-B78.1-M83 standards by:

  • Visualizing and applying basic drafting fundamentals
  • Preparing and editing engineering drawings
  • Creating CAD drawings
  • Calculating part features using math skills

Doing quantity take-offs and creating Bills of Material by:

  • Creating Bills of Material in a CAD environment
  • Extracting information from prints and specifications
  • Recognizing various materials and manufacturing processes
  • Calculating and/or measuring material lengths, areas, or mass

Communicating effectively in an office or engineering environment by:

  • Creating sketches for visualization
  • Interpreting and using industrial terminology
  • Researching and writing reports using standard English including correct spelling and grammar
  • Speaking and writing clearly, completely, and correctly

Demonstrating an understanding of office equipment, policies and procedures by:

  • Using time efficiently
  • Operating office equipment such as faxes, copiers, scanners, plotters, printers, etc.
  • Using general software such as work processors, spreadsheets, and the Internet
  • Performing general office duties effectively
  • Recognizing and conforming to general office etiquette

Conducting field work by:

  • Interpreting and demonstrating professional responsibility
  • Practicing basic safety procedures
  • Drawing basic sketches and/or taking notes
  • Operating measuring tools and video equipment

Interpreting and applying job-related information by:

  • Interpreting and applying drafting standards
  • Using discipline-related terminology
  • Interpreting drawings and extracting required information

Using computers as an engineering tool by:

  • Operating a computer and its operating system
  • Using software for CAD and general office applications
  • Using the Internet for research and communication
  • Demonstrating appropriate computer etiquette

CMT Applying general detaining practices on drawings by:

  • Drawing sectional views
  • Calculating and applying welding symbols
  • Calculating and applying tolerances
  • Applying appropriate G,D & T symbols
  • Applying finishing symbols

CMU Using parametric modeling software to create 3D models and engineering drawings by:

  • Conducting 3D solid models using parametric modeling software
  • Generating engineering drawings from parametric models

CMV Identifying basic manufacturing materials by:

  • Distinguishing different types of metals
  • Differentiating between thermoplastics and thermosets
  • Identifying various types of fasteners and selecting them from catalogues

CMW Understanding basic processes and machinery used in manufacturing by:

  • Differentiating various machines used in manufacturing
  • Understanding the set-up procedures and basic operations of machines used in manufacturing
  • Interpreting tables and calculating bend allowances

CMX Comprehending material flow and scheduling in manufacturing processes by:

  • Extracting product information for bills of material
  • Understanding material flow for part production

CMY Measuring parts to extract dimensional data by:

  • Using various types of measuring instruments
  • Recognizing and using both imperial and metric measuring systems
  • Converting imperial to metric and vice versa

CMZ Researching information from technical data, catalogues, specifications, standards, etc. by:

  • Finding specifications and product information for catalogued hardware and parts
  • Using the Internet to do searches
  • Finding and applying engineering drafting standards

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.

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

New graduates may find employment with the following:

  • Engineering firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Utility companies
  • Aerospace and other industries where CAD skills are required

After gaining experience, many graduates have found employment as technical representatives, sales persons for metal-working equipment and product companies, shop inspectors, and designers.

Contact Information

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

For detailed program information, contact:

George Wildeman
E-mail: gwildeman@rrc.ca
Rob Ataman
Program Co-ordinator
E-mail: rataman@rrc.ca

How to Apply

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


Student Evaluation of Program

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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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