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  • Two-year diploma
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Credit transfer opportunities: high school credits, university credits, credit toward apprenticeship
  • 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 prepares you for a career as a manufacturing technician with knowledge of manufacturing processes including conventional machining and metal forming operations, composites, and advanced manufacturing methods.

Heavy emphasis is placed on:

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operation and programming
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • Jig and fixture design

The program also gives you an introduction to robotics and automation, non-destructive testing, dimensional metrology, and quality inspection methods.

Upon completion of the program you will receive a Manufacturing Technician Diploma.

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.

Admission requirements are due within 30 days of applying (unless otherwise noted below). However, due to the temporary closure of our campuses, the submission deadline for items normally due within 30 days has been extended to 60 days.

Deadlines for requirements due at a later date, such as portfolios or MMIs, will be communicated directly to you.

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

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 (English Transactional Focus 40S is recommended)
      • Grade 12 Math
    • Science is not an admission requirement for this program, however it is seen as beneficial for this 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. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.

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

  1. Grade 12 Courses
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English (English Transactional Focus 40S is recommended)
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

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

  • Have an interest in mechanical equipment
  • Have good eyesight (with corrected vision if required)
  • Have good manual dexterity
  • Are physically fit
  • Are able to stand for extended periods

Students with physical disabilities considering this program are asked to contact the College to have a personal assessment.

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
Year 2
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Year 2
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
Year 2

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-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.

CNTC-1081Interpreting Engineering Drawings
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In this course, students will be provided with an understanding of trade-related print reading skills and will learn to correctly calculate and interpret information from production drawings. Conventional drafting and sketching techniques, object representation, and symbol applications as they relate to the interpretation and understanding of working drawings and specifications will be covered.

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Clear and effective written and oral communication is essential for ensuring safety, quality production and operating efficiency in the technical field. Students will learn strategies and techniques to enable them to demonstrate effective communication for defined audiences and purposes. Digital skills will be incorporated, as will 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-1021Dimensional Metrology and GD&T
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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-1022Basic Machining Theory
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This course will introduce and equip students with the basic theoretical knowledge underpinning the practical application of skills in operating various basic machine shop equipment - from bench work, grinder, lathe, milling machine, measuring tools, cut-off saws, and contour band saws, through to drilling machines.

MANU-1030CNC Practical 1
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In this course, students will directly apply programming concepts learned in the CNC theory course. This theoretical knowledge will be transferred to a practical machining environment by operating CNC mills and lathes. After the instructor demonstrates how to use each machine, students will practice independently.

MANU-1031CNC Theory 1
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In this course, students will learn the theory underpinning CNC machine set-up, operation, programming, program analysis and editing. Topics include safety, measuring tools, machines and applications, axis recognition, CNC programming, and data input.

MANU-1032Lean Manufacturing & Processes
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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-1033Basic Machining Practical
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This course will introduce and equip students with the basic practical application of skills in various basic machine shop operations. Students will receive instruction in various machine shop operations and equipment - from benchwork, grinder, lathe, milling machine, measuring tools, cut-off saws and contour band saws, through to drilling machines.

MANU-1034Fundamentals of CAD
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This course introduces students to solid modelling using Solid Edge and the fundamental knowledge required to generate engineering drawings of mechanical components. Students will learn how to develop and modify solid models as well as shop drawings.

MANU-1037Sheet Metal Fabrication
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Students will be introduced to sheet metal forming techniques including the use of CNC brake and CNC punch.

MANU-1039Manufacturing Processes & Economics
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In this course, students are introduced to a related 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 manufacturing world. Students will have the opportunity to transfer theoretical learning to practical applications through labs and a project.

MANU-1040Material Science and Metallurgy
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Students will be introduced to the physical properties and manufacturing characteristics of composites, plastics and various metallic alloys used in industrial manufacturing environments. In addition, students will gain an overview of materials analysis equipment, preparation of metallographic and/or microscopic samples, and identification of microstructures.

MANU-1041Non-Destructive Testing and Quality Assurance
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Non-destructive testing (NDT) involves a number of inspection techniques designed to detect discontinuities or defects, such as cracks, in different types of materials. NDT is used in many fields including the aircraft industry, pipelines, nuclear reactors, automotive servicing, and many others. The NDT course is designed to familiarize students with four different NDT methods - liquid penetrate method, magnetic particle inspection, ultrasound imaging, and x-ray imaging.

MANU-1042Composite Manufacturing
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The course is designed for individuals with an interest in the composite industry (aerospace/transportation). It will provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills required to a) fabricate honeycomb core details using various fabrication techniques for composite sandwich panels, b) work with composite materials for the fabrication of complex structural aerospace components, and c) repair defective composite structure.

MANU-1043Toolings-Jigs and Fixtures
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In this course, students will learn the theory which underpins designing jigs and fixtures. They will gain an understanding of tooling processes and the relationship of these tools to the machining and manufacturing areas.

MANU-1044Intro Automation and Robotics
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The course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to grasp how Manitoba’s manufacturing industry is using technology such as automation and robotics to compete in the global market.

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Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of CAD/CAM using software commonly found in industry. Students will use the software to produce CNC programs for both turning and machining centers.

MANU-2004CNC Practical 2
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This course is designed to provide students with practical experience in more advanced CNC manual programming, as well as an introduction to helical interpolation and four-axis programming.

MANU-2005CNC Theory 2
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In this course, students will learn the theoretical programming concepts that are mandatory for operating CNC machines. Topics include safety, multi-axis machining, and CNC programming.

MANU-3004CAD/CAM Applications
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In this course students will apply to parts from a print the concepts of CAD/CAM and CNC set-up and operation. Students will be required to produce a physical part on the turning/milling center.

MANU-3005Capstone Project
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This manufacturing project requires students to plan and complete the manufacturing of a product to specifications with minimal supervision. The project may involve processes such as design, selection, testing, process development, and problem analysis in a manufacturing context.

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.

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.

SEMR-9539AC-205 Machinist Theory Level 1 Accreditation
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WELD-1008Gas Welding
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This course is designed to develop the welding knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively perform oxyacetylene welding.

WELD-1010MIG Welding
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This course is designed to develop the welding knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively perform gas metal arc welding (MIG). Students will also be introduced to gas tungsten arc welding (TIG).

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Transferring credits from high school

  • Graduates of high school machinist programs may be eligible for advanced standing credit in this program.
  • Graduates from the Technical Vocational High School AMMOP program may be eligible for advanced standing credit in this program.

Apprenticeship opportunities

  • Exit with Basic and Advanced Machine Shop with an average of 70% or higher and you are eligible for Level 1 Apprenticeship Accreditation.
  • Graduates of this program may be eligible for Level 1 Machinist Apprentice.
  • If you complete the diploma program with an average of 70% or higher, you are eligible for Level 2 Apprenticeship Accreditation standing. 

Transferring credits to other Red River College programs

Transferring credits to other post-secondary institutions

  • University of Manitoba Mechanical Engineering program
  • University of Manitoba Bachelor of Technology program

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

Other Information

Workers Compensation Board regulations stipulate that steel-toed footwear must be worn in industrial workplaces. You must obtain and wear appropriate safety footwear in shop areas, both in the College and during industry placements.

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

Graduates of the program may find career opportunities in manufacturing, aerospace, or the ground transportation sectors. They may also pursue career options as a machinist or CNC programmer.

Contact Information

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

For detailed program information, contact:

Rob Ataman
Program Coordinator
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

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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