FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS MARPF-CT Marine and Powersports Technician

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Overview

  • One-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Work Experience
This program usually fills with Manitoba residents. Out-of-province applicants may apply to this program but will only be considered should seats be available three months prior to the program start date.
International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

Description

Previously called Outdoor Power Equipment Technician. This program provides you with strong foundational skills and professional knowledge required as an entry-level technician in the Marine and Powersports industry. After graduating from the Marine and Powersports Technician program you will be prepared to enter an apprenticeship or entry-level position within the industry.

Potential employment opportunities include dealerships, rental agencies, construction companies, marinas, outfitter camps, golf courses, government agencies, and standalone repair facilities.

As a graduate, you will be able to service and repair common types of Marine and Powersports equipment including:
•    Motorcycles
•    Snowmobiles
•    All Terrain Vehicles
•    Side by Side Vehicles
•    Outboard Motors
•    Stern Drives
•    Personal Watercraft
•    Lawn and Garden Equipment

Training includes professional shop practices, precision measuring, preventative maintenance, diagnostic procedures, and repair procedures. Topics of study include safety, tools, engines, fuel systems, electrical systems, seasonal storage, new vehicle prep, performance, and tuning.

The Marine and Powersports Technician Program would like to recognize the manufacturers who make equipment, technical information, and training available to the program. The support from Yamaha and Polaris enables RRC to offer up to date training on modern equipment.

Students also have an option to receive an endorsement from the Yamaha's Technical Academy and the University of Polaris. The endorsement course available through the program is the Bronze Level course.To successfully complete the Bronze course, the student must pass online tests. These endorsements will help students with employment opportunities.

Training will take place at RRC’s Vehicle Technology and Research Centre, an environment that will give you the practical experience required for industry employment. You will also have the opportunity to 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 https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship/discover/mbtrades/marineoutequiptech.html

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.

Submission of required documentation, including English language assessments, is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in your program's admission requirements.

If your program's admission requirements include any of the following items, note that the submission deadline for these items only has been temporarily extended to 90 days:

  • First aid course certificate
  • Physical fitness assessment results
  • Reading skills assessment results (Degree of Reading Power - DRP)
  • Student clinical practice and/or volunteer work experience forms

DOCUMENT SUBMISSION METHODS

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'.
  • Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.

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

Mail or In-Person
Student Service Centre
Red River College
D101–2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9
Hours of service

E-mail: register@rrc.ca

Fax: 204-697-0584

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

Proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's 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?
      • 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:
        • Grade 10 English
        • Grade 10 Math
        • Grade 10 Science
          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

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 )
8786
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
60506050
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8786
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).
4.54.04.53.0
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.

Applicants who meet the English Language Requirement through Duolingo will be invited to a 30-minute online meeting with a college representative. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss college supports to enhance student experience and contribute to the students' academic success.

115115115115
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.56.06.55.5
LSI (Language Studies International)
6.56.56.56.5
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
58505842
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.
20181918

Who Should Enrol?

Who Should Enrol?

Are you interested in motorcycles, snowmobiles, side by sides, personal watercraft, or boats? If you are, then this is the course for you! If you want to jump start your career or work on your own toys, this course will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. This course serves as a foundation for not only technicians, but service advisors and parts personnel too!

Marine and Powersports Technican 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 as well as oral and written communication is important to successfully complete the program.


Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 30, 2021 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$5,155.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$715.00
Other Fees
Year 1
$850.001
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$17,472.00
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 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

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
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-1176Advanced 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.

Prerequisites:
AUTO-1279Service Advisor
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This course is designed to introduce the students to the role of the Service Advisor in the Transportation industry.

Prerequisites:
SAFE-1033
WRKE-1279 and AUTO-1279 are corequisites.
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.

HETC-1174Engine Management
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This course is designed to familiarize the student with primary diesel fuel system components on mobile equipment. Course material will cover the characteristics of fuels and how each component functions under various operating conditions. Safe handling of fuels along with testing, diagnosing, and servicing of components will also be covered in a shop environment.

Prerequisites:
HETC-1175Diesel Engine Overhaul
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This course will allow students to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to overhaul a diesel engine,components or subassemblies.This is a hands-on course that allows students the time to become proficient in the use of tools, manuals and measuring equipment, while following OEM overhaul procedures.



Prerequisites:
MARP-1010Product Familiarization and Trade Related Documents
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This course is designed for students to familiarize themselves with marine and powersports products. They will learn about the product groups, manufacturers, and models. Safe product handling and vehicle controls will be demonstrated. Students will learn how to utilize trade documentation including parts diagrams, service manuals, work orders, and service bulletins. Students will learn to locate and interpret serial and model numbers.

Prerequisites:
MARP-1011Unit Assembly and Seasonal Storage
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This course will enable students to receive and handle crated units. They will learn the importance of proper unit assembly and pre-delivery inspections. Seasonal storage procedures and freeze protection will be performed on equipment and respective trailers. Students will demonstrate proper cleaning and shrink-wrapping techniques of boats and personal watercraft.

Prerequisites:
MARP-1012Fuel Systems
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This course is designed for students to learn basic carburetion theory of operation. Students will learn to identify major carburetor components and circuits as well as be able understand the different fuel supply system components and explain their operation. They will learn about gasoline and fuel system safety, and practice carburetor cleaning, adjusting, and maintenance. An introduction to electronic fuel injection will also be discussed.

Prerequisites:
MARP-1013Primary Drives
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This course is designed to provide students with the principles of primary drive systems. Belt, chain, gear, and hydraulic drives will be discussed. Driveline adjustments and maintenance will be performed. Continuously variable transmission operation and common clutches will be explained. Gear ratio and torque multiplication calculations will be practiced.

Prerequisites:
MARP-1014Suspension, Steering and Brakes
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This course will cover the inspection, diagnosis, repair and maintenance of various steering, suspension systems and components. Steering alignments will be performed. Suspension system inspections and adjustments will be demonstrated. Procedures used to adjust, diagnose, repair and replace braking system components are also covered. A thorough review of math calculations will be included as well as Pascal's law of hydraulic fluids.

Prerequisites:
MARP-1015Wheels, Tires and Equipment Maintenance
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This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about tires when working with motorcycle, ATVs, and related trailers. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the course covers tire codes and sidewall markings as well as the tools and equipment related to tires and wheels. Tire changing, balancing, and repair will be practiced. Rationale for scheduled maintenance items will be discussed. Locating manufacturer maintenance tables will be performed. Maintenance on various equipment types will be demonstrated.

Prerequisites:
MARP-1173Lawn and Garden
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This course is designed to provide knowledge on the maintenance and repair of lawn and garden equipment including lawn mowers, snowblowers, garden tractors, chainsaws, and other hand held gasoline powered equipment. Safe handling and operation of equipment will be demonstrated; diagnosing and correcting problems in the ignition system, fuel system, and drive system will be practiced; blade and chain sharpening will be practiced.

Prerequisites:
MARP-1178Powersports Performance and Tuning
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This course is designed for performance minded students. Engine modifications for increased power output will be discussed as well as turbo and supercharger operation. Fuel system mapping and carburetor tuning will be demonstrated utilizing our Dynojet 250ix motorcycle/ATV dynamometer. Continuously variable transmission tuning and marine propping theory will be provided.

Prerequisites:
MATH-1196Math
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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.

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.

SAFE-1033Shop 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 hand and power tools, shop equipment, and fasteners. Safe vehicle hoisting and jacking will be taught. 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 may also be covered.

SCIE-1023Science
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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.

SEMR-9545AC-216 Accreditation for Level 1
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Students completing the Marine & Powersports Technician - Certificate program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (70%) or higher will be accredited with Manitoba Apprenticeship Level 1 status for the Marine and Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Trade.

TRAN-1027Electrical Fundamentals
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This course is designed to provide knowledge of relevant electrical principles and ideas used on modern vehicles and equipment. The course will look at terminology, design, and components used in electrical circuits. This course will cover schematics, symbols, maintenance and testing of batteries, and the introduction to starting, ignition, and charging systems.

Prerequisites:
TRAN-1028Engine Fundamentals
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This course will enable students to develop the necessary skills to distinguish between a four-cycle and two-cycle engine, and perform common engine calculations like displacement and compression ratio. Students will be able to identify engine components and their function, and maintenance requirements and relationship to engine operation. Shop activities will allow students to demonstrate proper procedures for measurement, diagnosis, and repair of internal combustion engines. Lubrication, cooling, intake, and exhaust systems will be discussed.

Prerequisites:
WRKE-1279Service Advisor Work Experience
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This is the Work Practicum portion of the Service Advisor course. In this course the students will spend time in the industry, shadowing and learning from a service advisor.

Prerequisites:
SAFE-1033
AUTO-1279 and WRKE-1279 are corequisites
WRKE-1290Work Experience
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Students will have the opportunity of gaining valuable real-life work experience with an industry partner of their choice or 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.


Prerequisites:

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.

Other Information


Reasons to Choose the Marine and Powersports Technician Program

Manufacturer-supported training programs provide the opportunity to be ready to work on major brands.

Our industry relationships ensure you’ll receive hands-on training using state-of-the-industry technology and equipment in our labs.

Our Instructors are from the industry with extensive real world experience.
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Focus on career-specific training to graduate quickly with skills that prepare you for a career.

Partnerships

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 this program have found employment in dealerships, rental agencies, construction companies, marinas, outfitter camps, golf courses, government agencies, and standalone repair facilities.

Graduates who have entered apprenticeship programs and reached the journeyperson level work as:
  • Journeyperson Technicians
  • Shop Foremans
  • Service Advisors
  • Service Managers
  • Parts Advisors
  • Parts Managers
  • Technical Specialists
  • Manufacturer Representatives

Contact Information

Contact Information

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

For detailed program information please contact:

Dustin Blackwell
Marine and Powersports Instructor
dblackwell@rrc.ca
1-204-697-5948

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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