FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS INNTF-AC Industrial Networking Technology

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  • Four-month Advanced Certificate
  • September and January entry dates
  • Exchange District Campus (formerly Princess Street Campus), Winnipeg

This program is for individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the role that Ethernet/IP based data transport plays in industrial systems, such as manufacturing automation and power utility protection and control.

No Information Technology pre-knowledge is required. This training is aimed at the graduate technologist or engineer in the industrial control and power utility professions.

The graduate will have a strong foundational knowledge of networking technologies and understand the implications of standards (both industry and legislated) on system reliability, safety and cyber security. Industry feedback indicates a growing need for industrial engineering professionals to have a stronger understanding of network technologies and how these technologies influence their roles and responsibilities.

The successful graduate will have a basic to intermediate understanding of a number of industrial networking areas. These include:

  • Best Practice Industrial Network Architecture
  • Industrial Network Equipment Infrastructure
  • Industrial Network Cable Plant Infrastructure
  • Industrial Wireless Communications
  • Instrumentation and Process Control
  • Electrical Utility Measurement and Control
  • Quality of service and low latency support
  • Regulatory and Legislated Security and Safety Standards

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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Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 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. Engineering Diploma
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in:
    • 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.
    • Submission of a transcript is not required if you are currently enrolled in or successfully completed one of the RRC programs listed above. RRC will verify your enrolment or graduation.
    • 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)
    • 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.

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)
Communication for Engineers and Technologists (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


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

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
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.

Locations, Dates and Fees

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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.
MANU-1075Automation Systems
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The focus of this course is to help students to build a foundation for basic concepts of an industrial process control system. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and explain the applications of different process instruments, final control elements and motor control devices. They will understand the typical process control loops and loop responses. Basic PLC and HMI programs will be covered. Aspects of designing a process measurement and data acquisition system will be addressed. Various industrial communication protocols will be reviewed, as well as Safety Instrumented System (SIS) standards.

NETW-1000Industrial Cabling
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Upon completion of this course, students will understand aspects of network cabling standards, codes and applications for substations, automation, electrical control, instrumentation, LV power, fire alarms, CCTV, HVAC, Ethernet and antennas. They will understand issues and standards concerning impact and mitigation of environmental factors that affect cables. Electrical factors affecting choice, connection and protection of network cabling will be covered. In labs students will perform termination, installation and testing. Focus will be on the design and practice of structured data cabling in an industrial environment. Students will complete a project that will tie together concepts from the course.

NTWK-1002Industrial Networks 1
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The focus of this course is on learning the fundamentals of networking. This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers.

NTWK-1003Industrial Networks 2
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The focus of this course continues in learning the fundamentals of networking. This course introduces transport reliability, network scaling, redundancy and network uptime. Security and network services topics are investigated with emphasis on access control lists, DHCP, NAT, VPN's and time protocols. Management topics will include SysLog, SNMP, and Netflow.

NTWK-1004Industrial Networks 3
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This course introduces the fundamentals of Converged Plantwide Ethernet Industrial Networks (CPwE). Main topics focus on the architecture, structure, functions, components, protocols, and models of the CPwE Network.

Through the Purdue Enterprise Reference Architecture (PERA) layered model, students will examine the nature and roles of protocols and services from the process control levels to the process support levels within an industrial network.

The principles of real time sensing, and control/ response for employee safety as well as process automation will be investigated. High availability through routing, switching and connection redundancy and security will be integrated into the industrial network.

NTWK-1005Industrial Networks 4
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This course addresses real time transport fundamentals and hardened wireless implementations of Converged Plantwide Ethernet Industrial Networks. Main topics focus on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) motion and synchronization, and IEEE 802.11 industrial wireless.

The principles of real time sensing, within a control/ response automated deterministic network will be investigated with respect to network and control device time synchronization, data transport latency and jitter.

Students will analyze, configure, verify Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP), and Quality of Service (QoS).

NTWK-1006Network Security Reg & Stds
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Upon completion of this course students will understand the security standards and regulations for industrial networks. Students will be able to describe risks and mitigation methods associated with various security threats. They will be able to implement electronic access controls. Students will understand best practices for various security domains in the industrial network hierarchy. Students will demonstrate their knowledge in this area by completing assignments.

PROJ-1006Research & Design Project
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This is a project-oriented course. In consultation with the instructor the student project team will complete an industrial network design project. Co-operation within the team, including sharing the workload and collaboration, are key objectives. Also, students will learn that planning (cost, time and processes) are critical. After submitting an accepted project proposal, each team will set weekly goals that will allow the project to be completed within the timeframe of the course. Evaluation of the student's project is based on attaining these weekly project goals as well as a written technical report, an oral presentation and a demonstration of the operation of the completed project.

PWRS-1002Power Utility Systems
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This course covers the basic principles of power systems and the various components in electrical systems. It explains fundamental concepts such as phasors, active and reactive power, and single-phase vs. three-phase. This course will cover what constitutes an electrical system, how it works, and what the associated components are of a power system and their functionalities. Some of the latest developments in power system structure and management will be described.

SAFE-1100Safety & Regulatory Standards
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Upon completion of this course students will understand the safety requirements of governing codes, standards, and regulations in an industrial network environment. Students will be able to describe the hazards, best practices, failure modes and safety devices used in this environment. Students will complete a research assignment that demonstrates their understanding of the above concepts.

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/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.

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.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass all courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 GPA.
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