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Engineering and Construction Technology


2016 Technology Alumni Reception

September 30, 2016

2016 Technology Alumni Reception

Red River College is hosting a series of receptions this fall to give alumni the opportunity to re-connect and re-engage with one another.

First up is a reception for RRC Technology Program Graduates.


For one night only, we are transforming the Voyageur into a fun and funky retro gaming lounge, showcasing hoe far technology has come over the decades. Graduates can mix and mingle with alumni from industry , enjoy a complimentary beverage , and snack on a few delicious appetizers. The space will feature retro video games and exhibits like RRC’s robot Baxter, the solar car, and instructors’ vintage calculator collections.

This is a free event for the alumni, including RRC staff who have graduated from a technology program. You may also bring a guest, free of charge, but registration is required for all attendees. We encourage you to share this invitation with other alumni, including colleagues and graduates that you keep in touch with.

Event Details:
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Voyageur | Notre Dame Campus | 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
RSVP Deadline: October 5, 2016
Each guest will receive one complimentary drink ticket | Cash bar to follow

To register, please click here.


2016 Annual GIS Project Presentations

April 6, 2016

The GIS Project Presentations are scheduled for Thursday, April 28th, 2016 from 9:00am-11:50am in A4-06 Lecture Theatre, 4th floor of A Building at the Notre Dame Campus. 


The Geographic Information Systems faculty at Red River College is currently organizing the presentation of the GIS term 2 practicum projects to be held at Red River College, Notre Dame Campus.  The Advanced Diploma GIS Technology students together with a partner in industry, academics, or government have been working on a 160 hour GIS project from January 4 – April 22, 2016. The students have designed, implemented, and executed a GIS project free of charge for their project partner during that period to gain experience and hone their GIS skills.


The GIS Project Presentations is the completion of the term 2 GIS practicum projects. Each student will provide a 15 minute presentation on their project together with a poster. Partners and anyone interested are encouraged to attend. If you have other parties that may be interested in attending, please feel free to forward this e-mail on to them.


Please RSVP me by noon on Monday, April 25th at  to indicate if you wish to attend and how many will be attending. Free parking will be provided for those in attendance, so please provide me with the number of parking spots and numbers attending.  I have included a map of the Lecture Theater that we will be using for the presentations. For those in attendance, refreshments and snacks will be provided.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.


Thank you,


Roger Hamelin

Instructor, Civil Engineering Technology

Red River College

2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Room A2-32

Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0J9

Phone: (204) 632-2983

Fax: (204) 633-6075


Career Fair 2016: Stategies and Tips

January 13, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Red River College’s Annual Career Fair will be held on January 27th and 28th, 2016. The fair will be held at both the Notre Dame and Exchange District campuses. We encourage all students to attend and make the most out of this wonderful opportunity.

This is your chance to meet with various employers, find out what they do and figure out what skills and expertise you can bring to their company.

So please, update those cover letters and resumes prior to the event and prepare a list of questions you’d like to ask each employer, but most of all….Have fun and Good Luck!

Make the Most Out of Career Fairs Poster 2016 EDC

Make the Most Out of Career Fairs Poster 2016 NDC

Holiday Harvest 2015 Was a Giant Success!!

December 23, 2015

The 16th Annual Holiday Harvest came to an end on Friday, December 11, 2016.

We had a record breaking year with the donations, thanks to the time and commitment from all students and staff members. (Clap! Clap! Clap!) Your influence and support makes a tremendous difference. As students, you’ve gained more than just a chance of winning a free breakfast. You just helped to build a sense of responsibility to help your community, and you worked together for a collective cause. You should be proud of your amazing accomplishment!

As mentioned previously, the academic classes who bring in the most donated goods are awarded with a delicious breakfast, along with the chair and dean.
This year, the winning classes are:

First Year – C4
Second Year – Municipal
Third Year – ***CMD***
Fourth Year – CMD

***CMD Third Year Students earned a breakfast because of their ingenious strategy. They managed to collect over $1200.00 in donations.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to:

• All of the students who so generously donated hamper items
• Robin for calling the Salvation Army for the Holiday Harvest families,
• Louise for collecting and tabulating the donations,
• Cody, Dylan, Denis, Margaret, Val, Louise, Patricia and NIcky for organizing the food hamper donations,
• Louise and Patricia for purchasing last minute perishables and missing gifts,
• Margaret and Carrol for letting us use their office space to store gifts and food items during the first half of December,
• Denis and Dylan for delivering the baskets to the families on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The hampers were well received, and the families showed great appreciation.

Denis and Dylan were also sent off with warm hugs and best wishes, and the families asked them to pass on their gratitude to everyone involved in this act of kindness.



Here’s wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

– Maya Angelou

The Annual School of Construction and Engineering Technologies – Employer Appreciation Evening

December 8, 2015


The Annual School of Construction and Engineering Technologies’ Employer Appreciation Evening was held on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 in the Voyageur Cafeteria at Red River College to acknowledge those employers that hired our co-op education students during the summer of 2015.
The evening was a smash success with over 150 in attendance. Nancy Wheatley, Dean of the School of Construction and Engineering Technologies was the Master of Ceremonies. Our President, Paul Vogt, gave an opening speech, our V.P. Academics & Research, Christine Crowe, presented the draws prizes and posed for pictures with the winners. Our Director – Development, Patti Johannesson, was also present along with Elizabeth Glaseman – Alumni Relations Manager.
All attendees enjoyed a Roast Beef Buffet and complimentary bar. To further display the College’s thank and appreciation, 19 special prizes were drawn and handed out to lucky employers. Draw prizes included a Rival Stainless Steel Roaster Oven, 30L Wet/Dry Shopvac, $100 Cabela’s Gift Card, Coleman Perfectflow Instastart Grill Stove, and Kitchenaid 10-Pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set, to name a few. All attendees also received a gorgeous Red River Ceramic coffee mug.

The excitement that the employers showed in sharing in the celebration of another successful year of the Co-operative Education Program was strongly evident. All look forward to continuing their relationship with the college and hiring more of our students in 2016. We hope to see you all again next year!

A special thanks goes out to the following coordinators who helped organize this event:
Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology (CWT)
Don Young
Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)
Hojat Norouzi
Greenspace Horticulture (GH)
Ruth Rob
Civil Engineering Technology (CET)
Denis Loiselle, Dylan Yanchynski, Patricia Oleksiew (CET)

Become a Mentor!

September 17, 2015

As we know, we live, work and learn in a very global society and to truly be successful today, students need to develop and/or enhance their intercultural competencies. Our current and future students need to be able to interact effectively and appropriately with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and have the ability to recognize, acknowledge, respect and incorporate an understanding of world views and their impact on relationships.

Aligned with these principles, Diversity and Intercultural Services offers two programs I would like to highlight:

1. The Intercultural Mentorship Program (IMP)

A one-on-one partnership between a Canadian-raised student (local mentor) and an immigrant/international student (global mentor).


  • You give, gain and grow so much in a short time, commitment is only 10 hours of time over the course of a term
  • Broaden your intercultural skills by learning about another culture while sharing your knowledge, skills and perspective of your own
  • Develop your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Create an opportunity for friendship while fostering the personal and professional growth of someone else
  • Add to your resume (stand out from the rest) and obtain a reference
  • Have FUN while making a difference in another student’s life
  • Two Awards X $500 are available for partnerships that demonstrate the “spirit” of mentorship

To obtain additional information or to sign up for the IMP please visit: – please note the sign up deadline for this term is September 17, 2015!

2. Step Out Of Your Box Program (SOYB)

A great opportunity to promote diversity, challenge stereotypes and help build a socially involved and responsible campus, workplace and society!


  • Build your own adventure while exploring a new dimension of diversity
  • Enhance your understanding of the multiple layers of diversity
  • Develop respectful and effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Connect with others in a meaningful way that builds skills and develops an awareness and an understanding of the diverse world we live in
  • Become a leader and advocate for a “diversity” cause
  • Add to your resume (stand out from the rest) and obtain a reference
  • Four Awards X $500 are available for students who demonstrate active involvement and who step out of their comfort zone to make a difference!

To obtain additional information or to sign up please visit:



January 7, 2015

hamper imageWe make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

The generosity of our students is truly amazing! Together they raised over $2800 in food, toys, gifts and cash donations in just 3 weeks. If only they could have seen the response when their giant food and gift hampers were delivered… A single mom with 7 children – all under the age of 10 – opened the door to receive a hamper, and a huge smile of joy and gratitude spread across her face. The students’ abundant generosity also provided for a second hamper delivered to a family of 9 and donations to Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Harvest, Winnipeg Inner City Missions, and the Red River College Student Food Bank.

The “Holiday Harvest” giving event is held every year in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Gary Giesbrecht, who first conceived of the idea in 1999. Gary was a gifted teacher who knew how to motivate and encourage his students. He playfully initiated some friendly competition between classes, to find out which group of students could win the title: “Most Generous Class”. Being an engineer, Gary developed an equation to determine the winning class called the “Giving Ratio.” This year, the title goes to the 3rd Year A/E Class, followed closely by the 2nd Year Municipal Class, and the 1st year C2 Class.

“Gary’s Holiday Harvest” could not take place without the many staff members who coach classes; gather donations; make donations; assemble hampers; deliver hampers; and organize the event. This event is clearly very important to many in this department, as evidenced by their effort and dedication.

Gary inspired all of us to give generously, and he taught us that hampers offer more than material goods. These gifts show people in need that there are others who care and are willing to help. And that brings people hope for the future… hope that lasts beyond the holiday season.

Your care has opened up new spectrums in my life, and has given me the energy to keep going towards the better future. My family and I thank you for your support.  – Hamper Recipient

Contributed by – Robin Hutchinson, Instructor, Holiday Hamper coordinator



Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom

December 22, 2014

IMG_00000294“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” –  William Arthur Ward, inspirational author

Field trips and guest speakers have always made students young and old excited about a class. That’s no different in college. We have had many people from industry partner with the Civil Engineering Technology department in varied ways. We have had many past graduates speak to our first year students to help guide them through the maze of programs to choose from. We have had industry experts come to classes and lunch ‘n learns to share new ideas or to confirm the lessons in the classroom about construction, environment, and management. And we have had others provide jobsite tours to classes. All of these have had significant impacts on the students. The students return to class with renewed energy as to why they are in their program and they have a better idea of whether they should be in the office or the jobsite.

Here are some of the comments made by the students.

“I have quite a bit of background in construction but it was a very informative tour and I learned a lot. I think it is a great course in the A/E program to allow students to visit various job sites and learn what is going on. Our tour guide was very helpful and was good at answering our questions. I look forward to visiting many other job sites.”

“This is my first site visit in the construction field. I have five years’ experience doing drafting job. But I never get any chance to go to job site. This job site visit make me little confident regarding the construction. Now I can relate theoretical drafting and practical construction.”

“I don’t have any construction background prior to coming to Red River so getting to see a project start and finish is quiet interesting to me.”

“I enjoyed this site visit simply because it was my first time being in a real construction job site. It was interesting to see how interior wall assembly’s support systems are made. It was also interesting to hear what the site supervisor had to say about the project and how concerned he was about creating a safe environment.”

“I have been on site trips during my previous course in BC but they were mostly residential single family dwellings and no one from the company doing the construction gave us a tour. Having someone from the company that is in charge of the project gives you a better understanding of what is actually occurring on site at that stage of construction and the reasons behind certain aspects of the structure.”

“Being on an ongoing jobsite was very interesting. I learned a lot of things compared to sitting in class and listening rather than being on a real construction project and being observant. This experience helped me pursue my current program even more.”

There are so many to acknowledge and we will focus on the tour guides this time.  Over the years, we have visited sites of most of the builders. If I should miss a few, I truly apologize. It takes a lot to provide the tours and the time and energy involved does not go unnoticed. The ability to take the hour or two for the tours can be challenge. And over the years with the safety protocols increasing, it has not waivered the enthusiasm to have the students come on site. We thank you all very much.

Past Tour Providers (click on the name to link to their website)

2014 Tour Providers (click on the name to link to their website)

Thank you to all of you.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin, statesman, inventor, writer

Radon is Getting Attention

December 8, 2014

Radon was talked about a number of years ago. It seemed to be the concern of the month. But as time went by, the talk went silent and so did the concern so it seemed. Unfortunately, the radon hadn’t gone away. The colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that can be a silent and slow killer is still found in a high number of homes in Manitoba according to a 2012 Health Canada study. In a recent news article (Westman Homes Rank Highest, 2014), radon is still exists and in record numbers in this province.

Although there are test kits available at local hardware stores, how reliable are they and what do the home/building owners do if they test positive and above the limit? Proper testing for radon and the mitigation planning and installation requires training and certification. The Canadian – National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP), provides the certification program for training professionals in radon services.

There is a short supply of certified radon specialists in Manitoba. As a result, C-NRPP has partnered with Red River College to provide the Measurement and the Mitigation Certification courses. The training dates are coming up quickly. Please take a look and consider whether radon measurement and mitigation services will fit into your business.