Manufacturing Technician
Overview
  • 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

Description
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

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of successful completion of 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
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, 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 completed your education outside of Canada or the United States, do not submit your international academic credentials until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • If you were educated outside of Canada or the United States, submit results of an English language proficiency assessment (ELPA) indicating you meet the following ELRs:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, Writing 7
        or
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.0, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.0
        or
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.0,  Reading 4.5,  Writing 3.5
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • We strongly advise you successfully complete an English language proficiency assessment (ELPA) before submitting your application to ensure you can meet the 30 day deadline.
    • ELPAs must be dated within two years of your application date.
    • After confirming you meet ELRs, the College will send you a request to submit your international academic credentials for assessment.
    • For more information, visit www.rrc.ca/credentials

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
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in the courses listed in the Regular Admission Requirements
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, 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 completed your education outside of Canada or the United States, do not submit your international academic credentials until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2
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.


Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date
(subject to change)

LOCATION START DATE  

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees
Year 1 $4,976.00
Year 2 $4,976.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1 $500.00
Year 2 $300.00
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1 $16,416.00
Year 2 $16,416.00
 
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.


Program Content
YEAR 1
TERM 1 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  CNTC-1069 Science 1 2
  CNTC-1081 Interpreting Engineering Drawings 3
  COMM-1095 Communication Skills 1 2
  MANU-1012 PC Fundamentals 1
  MANU-1022 Basic Machining Theory 4
  MANU-1033 Basic Machining Practical 4
  MATH-1116 Mathematics 1 3
  SAFE-1028 WHMIS 0
  SEMR-9209 General Safety Training 0
TERM 2 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  COMM-2119 Communications Skills 2 2
  MANU-1021 Dimensional Metrology and GD&T 4
  MANU-1030 CNC Practical 1 4
  MANU-1031 CNC Theory 1 4
  MANU-1032 Lean Manufacturing & Processes 4
  MANU-1034 Fundamentals of CAD 3
  MATH-2119 Mathematics 2 3
YEAR 2
TERM 3 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  MANU-1037 Sheet Metal Fabrication 2
  MANU-1039 Manufacturing Processes & Economics 2
  MANU-1040 Material Science and Metallurgy 4
  MANU-2003 CAD/CAM 4
  MANU-2004 CNC Practical 2 4
  MANU-2005 CNC Theory 2 4
  WELD-1008 Gas Welding 1
  WELD-1010 MIG Welding 1
TERM 4 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  MANU-1041 Non-Destructive Testing and Quality Assurance 5
  MANU-1042 Composite Manufacturing 5
  MANU-1043 Toolings-Jigs and Fixtures 5
  MANU-1044 Intro Automation and Robotics 4
  MANU-3004 CAD/CAM Applications 3
  MANU-3005 Capstone Project 4
  SEMR-9539 AC-205 Machinist Theory Level 1 Accreditation 0
 
Course Descriptions
CNTC-1069 Science 1
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-1081 Interpreting Engineering Drawings
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.
 
COMM-1095 Communication Skills 1
Clear and effective written and oral communication are essential for ensuring safety, quality production, and operating efficiency in the technical field. This course will provide the content to present written and oral technical information clearly and concisely. As well, this course will provide a brief overview on portfolio development.
 
COMM-2119 Communications Skills 2
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-1012 PC Fundamentals
This course is designed to introduce students to computer applications using a 'hands-on' approach.
 
MANU-1021 Dimensional Metrology and GD&T
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-1022 Basic Machining Theory
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-1030 CNC Practical 1
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.
Prerequisites:
CNTC-1081 AND MANU-1003 AND MANU-1033
 
MANU-1031 CNC Theory 1
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.
Prerequisites:
CNTC-1081 AND MANU-1033 AND MANU-1033
 
MANU-1032 Lean Manufacturing & Processes
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-1033 Basic Machining Practical
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-1034 Fundamentals of CAD
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-1037 Sheet Metal Fabrication
(No description available at this time)
Prerequisites:
CNTC-1069 AND MATH-2119
 
MANU-1039 Manufacturing Processes & Economics
(No description available at this time)
Prerequisites:
MANU-1022
 
MANU-1040 Material Science and Metallurgy
(No description available at this time)
Prerequisites:
CNTC-1069
 
MANU-1041 Non-Destructive Testing and Quality Assurance
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-1042 Composite Manufacturing
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-1043 Toolings-Jigs and Fixtures
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-1044 Intro Automation and Robotics
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.
 
MANU-2003 CAD/CAM
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-2004 CNC Practical 2
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.
Prerequisites:
MANU-1030
 
MANU-2005 CNC Theory 2
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.
Prerequisites:
MANU-1031
 
MANU-3004 CAD/CAM Applications
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.
Prerequisites:
MANU-2003 AND MANU-1030
 
MANU-3005 Capstone Project
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-1116 Mathematics 1
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-2119 Mathematics 2
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.
 
SAFE-1028 WHMIS
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-9209 General Safety Training

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-9539 AC-205 Machinist Theory Level 1 Accreditation
(No description available at this time)
 
WELD-1008 Gas Welding
This course is designed to develop the welding knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively perform oxyacetylene welding.
 
WELD-1010 MIG Welding
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
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.
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 Co-ordinator
204-632-2066
E-mail: rataman@rrc.ca