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Introduction to Trades

Power your passion and potential. Prepare to transition into an exciting RRC Polytech trades program or start your career.

Explore a variety of rewarding skilled trades by learning in our shop spaces, talking with industry experts and meeting with potential employers.

Introduction to Trades allows you to upgrade your knowledge, build specialized skills and gain direct entry into the RRC Polytech trades program of your choice. As you start paving your career path and begin your lifelong learning journey, you’ll take advantage of the many wrap-around supports provided by the College.

This program heavily emphasizes practical, interactive experiences to build the essential skills you need for employment and further learning. You’ll get an immersive, well-rounded introduction to many rewarding career paths, explore a variety of technical skills, create practical projects in our modern shops and connect with invited speakers, experienced instructors and potential employers. You’ll also prepare yourself academically and enhance your career potential through various learning and workplace skills, including collaboration, note-taking, time management and professional communication.

This experience may also count as credit toward your future trade program and could reduce your first-year course load.

Prepare to enrol in RRC Polytech trades programs including:

  • Program Type
    Full-time
  • Credential
    Certificate
  • Annual Intakes
    Fall and Winter
  • Locations
    Notre Dame Campus and Interlake and Peguis – Fisher River Campuses
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Program Length
    5 months

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this preparatory program, you’ll sharpen your technical skills and academic abilities while developing leadership and communication skills and building a professional portfolio of your achievements.

TERM 1

Develop a professional resume and portfolio, learn to safely use advanced tools and improve your computer, math and problem-solving skills.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Automotive technician
  • Carpenter
  • CNC machinist technician
  • Collision repair and refinishing specialist
  • Electrician
  • Heavy duty equipment mechanic
  • Marine and powersports technician
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning technician
  • Welder
  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Aerospace manufacturing technician

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

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Learn specialized skills, like welding, and prepare to enter directly into your trades program of choice.
Build versatile skills like sheet metal manipulation, which is valuable across the HVAC, automotive and aircraft maintenance industries.
Learn new skills directly applicable to the workforce or transferrable to the RRC Polytech trades program of your choice.
Collaborate with peers and expert instructors in a safe, respectful team environment to develop crucial communication, time management and collaboration skills.

Graduate Success

Our grads feel confident enrolling in their program of choice at RRC Polytech and are excited to see their hard work fuel their passion. After completing the Introduction to Trades program, you’ll have the math, computer and communication skills you need to succeed across industries.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.

100% – SATISFIED WITH RRC POLYTECH EDUCATION

Our grads are employed and very satisfied with the training they received in the Introduction to Trades program. Our dedicated instructors are a huge part of that exceptional experience. They care deeply about their students and are happy to work with you one-on-one to explain concepts and share expert insight.

100% – RECOMMEND PROGRAM TO OTHERS

When you successfully transition to a trades program at RRC Polytech, you’ll still be supported by the School of Indigenous Education (SIE) throughout your academic journey.

90% – CONSIDER INSTRUCTORS KNOWLEDGEABLE

Our experienced instructors and knowledgeable support staff understand the pressures and stresses of student life. They aim to help you stay focused and organized and achieve a healthy life-school-work balance.

“I would encourage anybody to come down here because if I could plow through the barriers that I did and succeed in the program, anybody can.”

Richard Chisel – Graduate, School of Indigenous Education

“[The program] helped me gain confidence and prepared me for automotive. Now, I’ve graduated from the Automotive Technician [program] with a certificate and I’m continuing on to [pursue a] diploma. I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking Intro to Trades!”

T. Massan- Graduate

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a student in the Introduction to Trades program, you are a self-starter, motivated to help others and build your knowledge and skills. You enjoy the challenge of completing complex tasks but also feel comfortable asking for help. You see college as an opportunity to grow as an individual and see learning as both a challenge and a reward.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.

PERSONALITY TRAITS

  • Challenge-driven
  • Detail-oriented
  • DIYer
  • Ethical
  • Practical

SKILLS

  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Motivation
  • Reliability
  • Work ethic

INTERESTS

  • Maker
  • Building
  • Construction
  • Trades
  • Apprenticeship
  • Hands-on work
  • Red Seal
  • Manufacturing
  • Entrepreneurship

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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SCHOLARSHIPS

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OTHER INFORMATION

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DATES AND FEES

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LIST OF COURSES

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.

OTHER INFORMATION

Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.

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Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

FINANCIAL AID

Support yourself while pursuing your RRC Polytech education. You may be eligible for loans, grants and bursaries to help tackle your financial needs.

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