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

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Please note the design and delivery of this program have been updated for the August 2020 start date. 

  • 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:

  • Engineering drawings
  • Design for manufacturing
  • 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.

Proof of completion of admission requirements is normally due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

Programs starting in Fall 2020 - due to the temporary closure of our campuses, proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying or July 15, 2020 (whichever is later) unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements. If you apply after July 15, the submission deadline is 5 days from date of application.

Program starting in January 2021 or later - submission of required documentation is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements. English language assessments, if applicable, are due within 30 days of applying. However, due to COVID-19 related closures, proof of successful completion of the following items is due 90 days after the service provider re-opens:

  • Academic Communication Assessment (ACA), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Readiness Assessment (AMERA), employment confirmation form, first aid course, physical fitness assessment, reading skills assessment (Degree of Reading Power - DRP), reference letters, student clinical practice form, and volunteer or employment/work experience forms

In-person submission of documents is currently not available, but the following options are available:

Upload Through Your Future Student Account (preferred method)

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Maximum upload size is 5 MB.
  • Go to www.rrc.ca/apply and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.
  • Find the applicable Supplemental Item - click on Browse.
  • Find the file you saved and double click on it.
  • Click on Upload. You can upload more than one document to the same Supplemental Item.
  • Status should read 'Received'.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Student Service Centre
Red River College
D101–2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9

E-mail: register@rrc.ca

Fax: 204-697-0584

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

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 and CAEL Online (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).
Duolingo English Test ()
Required minimum overall score is 115.

Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

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
Program/Student Fees (International)
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.
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.

MANU-1060Quality Inspection With GD&T and CMM
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This course focuses on measuring and gauging geometric tolerances - the fundamentals of dimensional metrology. Students will learn to identify appropriate features on various parts and how they are related, in addition to learning the 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 apply principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to the inspection and manufacturing processes following the ANSI Y14.5 M-1982 Standard. As well, students will inspect various parts using proper quality control methods. The methodology for proper verification, safe and proper use of lab equipment and facilities, and final report format will be modeled.

MANU-1064Lean Manufacturing
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In today's world more and more organizations are realizing how important eliminating wasted resources, improving quality, and customer satisfaction is in order to sustain a competitive business. This course will introduce students to the philosophy, terminology, and concepts that companies and organizations are using to be competitive in global manufacturing and service industry.

MANU-1074Introduction to Manufacturing
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MANU-1076Engineering Drawing 1
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MANU-1077Introduction to 2D CAD
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MANU-1079Capstone Projects
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MANU-1080CAD with Inventor
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MANU-1082Additive Manufacturing
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MANU-1083Robotics and Automation
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MANU-1084CAD/CAM Fundamentals
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MANU-1085Applied Mechanics
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MANU-1086Basics of Manufacturing
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MANU-2076Engineering Drawing 2
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MANU-2077Introduction to 3D CAD
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MANU-2080CAD with SolidEdge
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MATH-1082Mathematics for Manufacturing
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This is an introductory mathematics course for CAD designer and drafter. Algebra, geometry, and trigonometry will be introduced to prepare students to solve mathematical problems at a technician level. Students will learn and employ mathematical strategies such as models, geometric representations, formulas, algebraic equations, and mathematical reasoning.

PROJ-1071Project Management and Engineering Economics
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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-1025Applied Science in Physics
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This course will examine statics and strength of materials. CADD applications will be used as a tool to explore and visualize problems and solutions to mechanical and physics problems. Topics will include force vectors, force system resultants, moment of a force, equilibrium of a rigid body, frictional forces, structural analysis, simple trusses, frames and machines, center of gravity, centroid and moment of inertia, strain, stress, mechanical properties of materials, and Hooke's Law.

SCIE-1034Metallurgy and Material Science
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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-1019Work Experience
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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

3. A computer running the following minimum requirements




Operating System

Windows 10

Enterprise or Professional version 1803


Windows 10

Enterprise or Professional version 1903 or later



Intel i-series


Intel i5 or i7





Hard Drive


Solid State Drive

Graphics Card

1GB GPU with 29GB/s bandwidth, DirectX 11, Pixel Shader 3, Direct3D workstation class, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2

4GB GPU with 106GB/s bandwidth, designed for CAD

(e.g. "NVIDIA Quadro" or "AMD FirePro/Radeon Pro")


1920 x 1080

• 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.

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 current 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

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

  • Using time efficiently
  • Operating office equipment such as scanners, plotters, printers, etc.
  • Using general software such as work processors, spreadsheets, and the Internet

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

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

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

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

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

Comprehending material flow and scheduling in manufacturing processes by:

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

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

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

Recent Changes

The entire program has been enhanced and is now offered on a course based registration system.  Students will enjoy added flexibility by being able to take the courses they want and having options in their educational path.

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:

Nino Caldarola
E-mail: ncaldarola@RRC.CA
Aaron Brown
Program Coordinator
E-mail: ajbrown@RRC.CA

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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