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

This is an entry-level program that develops the basic knowledge and skills you need to perform routine maintenance and repairs to vehicle systems and components. The program is designed to prepare you to adjust, service, and repair a variety of heavy mobile equipment, usually diesel powered, used in construction, agriculture, or highway transportation. The work will involve basic servicing to engines and related equipment, and performing repairs. This will include transmission servicing, hydraulic/air brakes, and basic electrical in heavy duty application.

Emphasis during training will be on practical projects. Most of your training will take place at the College in the diesel mechanics workshop, a work environment designed to provide the practical experience you will need to find a job. You will spend approximately 60 percent of your training hours doing practical work on engines, standard transmissions, automatic transmissions, basic electric, basic brake systems, and servicing of equipment.

A number of related trade courses such as arc and gas welding, mathematics, science, and communications are included in the program. Theory grades are determined by examinations in each course, while practical evaluations are determined from each instructor's practical assignments.

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

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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

Submission of required documentation indicating 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.
    • English Language Requirements (ELRs)
      • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
        Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
        • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
        • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, 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 you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
      • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

    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
        • RRC's Academic Foundations program
      • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
      • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
    2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

    English Language Assessments

    English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
    L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
    AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
    Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
    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)
    As of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. RRC Institutional CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted)
    Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


    There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

    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.

    Red River College Polytechnic will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 31, 2022.

    IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    LSI (Language Studies International)
    PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
    Password Skills ()
    Password Skills Plus ()
    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?

    This program can by physically demanding. You should be mechanically inclined and comfortable in a typical shop environment. 

    Good reading comprehension is important to successfully complete the required subject areas and the related courses, such as communications, mathematics, and science.

    If you are seriously considering this program, you should be prepared for some shift work and be able to work under some supervision. You should be prepared for occasional late shifts at the College as courses may, from time to time, run until 6 p.m.

    Locations, Dates and Fees

    Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

    Location Start Date Apply Link
    Notre Dame Campus Aug 28, 2023 Apply Now

    Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

    Program/Student Fees
    Year 1
    Books and Supplies
    Year 1
    Other Fees
    Year 1
    Program/Student Fees (International)
    Year 1
    1The College requires that students provide their own hand tools for this program. The approximate cost of tools may vary from $750 to $1500 depending on the quality of tools. A recommended list will be provided.

    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 Polytech 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 Polytechnic 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.
    ACCR-9002AC-025 Accreditation for Level 1
    More Information

    (No description available at this time)

    AUTO-1176Advanced Engine Repair
    More Information

    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.

    Take SAFE-1033 (or AUTO-1203) with either TRAN-1028 or AUTO-1222.
    AUTO-1279Service Advisor
    More Information

    This course is designed to introduce the students to the role of the Service Advisor in the Transportation industry.

    SAFE-1033 or AUTO-1203
    FIEL-1279 and AUTO-1279 are corequisites.
    COMM-1173Communication StrategiesRPL
    More Information

    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.

    FIEL-1279Service Advisor Field Experience
    More Information

    This is the field experience portion of the Service Advisor course. In this course the students will spend time in the industry, shadowing and learning from a service advisor.

    Take SAFE-1033
    FIEL-1279 and AUTO-1279 are corequisites.
    FIEL-2000Field Experience
    More Information

    Students will have the opportunity of gaining valuable real-life field 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:

        Successfully completed all first-year courses;
        Maintained a GPA of 2.0 or better in 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

    More Information

    This course is designed to develop the necessary skills to perform scheduled maintenance on a piece of mobile equipment. Students will have hands-on experience working with the required tools and equipment needed to complete various levels of scheduled maintenance. Students will receive guidance to accurately document their observations during preventative maintenance tasks.

    HETC-1022Wheel Ends, Tires and Brakes
    More Information

    This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge needed to diagnose and repair both air brake and hydraulic brake systems, tires, and wheel end components. Students will gain an understanding of safe work practices, terminologies, tools, and equipment used when servicing and repairing brakes,wheels,and tires systems. Both classroom and shop work will be part of the learning experience.

    HETC-1026Air Brakes
    More Information

    This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills about air brake systems on today’s truck and transport equipment. This course covers safe work practices, tools and equipment and the principles of operation of air brake systems and their components. Students are taught the procedures to inspect, diagnose and maintain dual air brake systems and their components, and their related servicing procedures.

    HETC-1029Powertrain Foundations
    More Information

    This course will provide students with the working knowledge necessary to identify a variety of standard transmissions, clutches, rear axles, and driveline designs. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities by using manuals, learned knowledge of procedures, and tools to diagnose, service, and repair powertrains and their individual components.

    HETC-1032Suspension, Steering, and Frames
    More Information

    This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge to work on frames, suspension, structural systems, and steering systems, including safe handling and adjustment of wheel bearings, on and off-road tires, steering gear boxes, and steering geometry.  Beginning with terminology and safe work practices for frames, suspension, and cab systems. This course will cover the tools and equipment used to service and repair, wheel bearings, steering, suspension, frame, and cab systems while working on heavy duty vehicles.

    HETC-1043Hydraulic Foundations
    More Information

    This course is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge to work on hydraulic systems. Beginning with terminology and safe work practices, the course explains theories, principles, and calculations needed to diagnose and repair hydraulic systems.

    HETC-1174Engine Management
    More Information

    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.

    HETC-1175Diesel Engine Overhaul
    More Information

    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.

    HETC-1177Torque Converters and Automatic Transmissions
    More Information

    This course will provide the working knowledge necessary to identify automatic transmission and torque converter components, operation, diagnoses and service required to return the equipment to original operating condition.

    HETC-2000Advanced Hydraulic Systems
    More Information

    This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about hydraulic system testing and diagnostics. This course also covers procedures used to inspect, diagnose, maintain and service hydraulic systems.

    MARP-1173Lawn and Garden
    More Information

    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.

    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.

    More Information

    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.

    More Information

    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
    More Information

    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 V.I.N. numbers, service information, and the preparation of trade related documents may also be covered.

    More Information

    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
    More Information

    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.

    TRAN-1003Electrical Foundations
    More Information

    This course is designed to provide foundational 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. Series and parallel circuits, diagnostic test equipment usage, schematics, symbols, and theory and maintenance of batteries will be covered.

    TRAN-1028Engine Fundamentals
    More Information

    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.

    TRAN-2003Electrical Systems
    More Information

    This course is a continuation of TRAN-1003 Electrical Fundamentals. This course is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of vehicle and equipment electrical systems. An introduction to starting, charging, and ignition systems will be covered. The diagnosis and repair of these systems and circuits using tools, schematics, and service information will be practiced. 

    More Information

    This course introduces students to the basics of oxyacetylene welding and cutting. Topics include torch safety, hook-up and take down of equipment, types of welding and cutting operations along with practical activities. This course will also provide students with practical skills based on machine shop activities of drilling, tapping and use of measuring and marking tools.


    Computer/Laptop Requirements

    Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic 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/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

    Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

    Transfer Credit Opportunities

    Upon entry into the workforce, graduates may be granted one level of in-school training toward the four-year apprenticeship program. This decision is based on evaluation of student performance by the employer and the Apprenticeship Branch.

    The Apprenticeship Branch requires that you attend Red River College or Assiniboine Community College in Brandon to obtain various apprenticeship levels and complete apprenticeship in this program. For more information, contact:

    Apprenticeship Manitoba
    Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade
    1010 - 401 York Avenue
    Winnipeg MB R3C 0P8
    Phone 204-945-3337
    Fax 204-948-2346
    Toll-Free: 1-877-978-7233 (1-877-97-TRADE)
    Email: apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca

    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

    Further information on this program is available on the Transportation Trades team site:

    Graduation Requirements

    For students registered in the Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic program with a 2020-2021 Catalogue year, the requirements to graduate are as follows:

    • Minimum program GPA of 2.0 to receive a certificate.
    • Minimum program GPA of 3.0 will qualify for level 1 Apprenticeship accreditation.
    • Minimum grade of C to pass a course.
    • All compulsory courses must be completed; one elective must be completed in term 2.*
    (*Please note that the electives WRKE-1279 and AUTO-1279 must be taken concurrently.)

    Employment Potential

    Graduates of this program have employment opportunities in the agricultural, construction, and transportation industries.

    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
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 204-697-5948

    College Support Services

    Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

    Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

    Academic Advising Service
    Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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