OUTPF-CT Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

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Overview

  • One-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Work experience 
  • 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.

Description
This program provides you with the skills and knowledge required for entry-level employment in the outdoor gasoline-powered equipment repair field.

As a graduate, you will be able to service and repair common types of gasoline-powered equipment including:

  • Lawn and garden equipment
  • Chain saws
  • Snow throwers
  • Outboard motors
  • Snowmobiles
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Motorcycles

Training includes shop practices, precision measuring, preventative maintenance, and repair and maintenance.

You will spend three weeks in both January and May gaining work experience in the industry.

Prior to starting the program, 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, 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? 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.
        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

Who Should Enrol?

Good hearing and eyesight, good physical coordination of the whole body, and some strength are needed in outdoor power equipment technician work. You should have no respiratory difficulties and no physical handicaps that would prevent you from lifting 50 pounds on a regular basis and 100 pounds occasionally. 

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 is important to successfully complete the required related courses: English, math, and science.

If you are seriously considering a career as an outdoor power equipment technician, 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 31, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$4,868.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$650.00
Other Fees
Year 1
$900.001
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$17,130.00
1The College recommends that students provide their own hand tools for this program. The approximate cost of tools may vary from $800 to $900.

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.

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 (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
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.56.06.55.5
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
20181918

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
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COMM-1272Communication
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OPET-1001Machine Shop Theory
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Shop knowledge and basic manufacturing skills are required by person working in mechanical trades.

Through theoretical instruction and a series of practical shop demonstrations, learners will be exposed to techniques that will better equip them to deal with challenges present in their respective trade. In providing an introduction to the basics of manufacturing, the course will contribute to the development of the learners’ analytical, mechanical and cognitive skills.

Topics covered in the course include:

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OPET-1003Basic Small Engine Theory
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OPET-1005Engine Service Theory
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Fundamental services, maintenance and overhaul methods and procedures, precision measuring, diagnosis and correction of both two-stroke and four-stroke-cycle engines used in power equipment. Solve problems using basic troubleshooting procedures. Diagnosing and testing of all engine, fuel, ignition, and electrical systems. Use parts and service manuals effectively.

OPET-1009Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Theory
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Explain the principle of transmitting power from the engine to the functional system by means of a belt drive system and a chain drive system. Describe the components of a belt drive system and a chain drive system. Name and describe the common types of chains, bars, sprockets, and clutches used on chainsaws.

OPET-1012Snowmobile Theory
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Explain the principles of operation of the two-cycle snowmobile engine as well as related systems including ignition, fuel supply, lubrication, charging, starting, and cooling. Know the correct procedure for off-season storage and the procedure for pre-delivery and set up. Fundamental operating, construction and design features and characteristics of snowmobile clutches, chain cases, drive axles, tracks, suspensions, frames, brakes, and steering.

OPET-1021Automotive Technician Math
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OPET-1025Shop Safety and Hand Tools Theory
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The student will be able to distinguish between safe and unsafe shop practices and select fire extinguishers for the classes of fire. Understand the importance of developing safe working habits to avoid injury to themselves and fellow workers, and to prevent damage to equipment. The student will be able to identify, understand, explain, and use tools necessary for small engine repair.

OPET-1037Basic Small Engine Practical
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Disassembly, identification and inspection of the two-stroke and four-stroke cycle engine. Operation and identification of fuel induction systems and valve train.

OPET-1047Motorcycle/ATV Theory
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OPET-1051Outboard Motors Theory
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Explain the principles of operation of the two-cycle and four-cycle outboard engine, as well as related systems including ignition, fuel supply, lubrication, charging, starting and cooling. Know the correct procedure for off-season storage and the procedure for boat rigging and set up Fundamental operating, construction and design features and characteristics of outboard gear cases, drive shafts, propellers, trimtabs, exhaust housing, control boxes, and tilt assemblies.

OPET-1054Work Experience
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OPET-1062Shop Safety and Hand Tools Practical
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Use of hand tools, measuring instruments, use of special equipment, presses, drill, press, stands, and jacks. Demonstrate the ability to work safely and cooperatively in the shop.

OPET-1097Electrical Systems Practical
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Disassembly, testing, repairing, and reassembly of electrical components, attaching and use of testing meters and diagnostic equipment related to small engine service.

OPET-1099Engine Service Practical
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OPET-1102Electrical Systems Theory
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OPET-1153Lawn and Garden/Chainsaw Practical
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OPET-1180Motorcycle/ATV Practical
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OPET-1191Outboard Motors Practical
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OPET-1256Fuel Systems Theory
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OPET-1328Snowmobile Practical
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Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust the component parts of the snowmobile engines used in the industry and test each to manufacturer's specifications. Diagnose, disassemble, repair, reassemble, and adjust snowmobile clutches, chain cases, drive axles, tracks, suspensions, frames, brakes, and steering. Store a snowmobile for the off-season and complete a snowmobile pre-delivery service.

OPET-1840Orientation to Power Equipment Technician
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SAFE-1028WHMIS
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SCIE-1044Power Mechanics Science
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SEMR-9209General Safety Training
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Recognition of Prior Learning

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

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

Graduates may be employed by a variety of companies engaged in the sales or service of outdoor power equipment. Such companies may include:

  • Agricultural equipment dealers
  • Private outdoor power equipment sales and repair shops
  • Rural agri-businesses
  • Various federal, provincial and municipal government departments
  • Motorcycle and ATV dealerships
  • Lawn and garden outlets
  • Rental centres
  • Remote fishing lodges
  • Marine, snowmobile, and personal watercraft dealerships

Contact Information

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

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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