Price Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics

Helping Manitoba Bridge Gaps in its Manufacturing Sector

Our province and our country have fallen behind in adoption of the digital technologies — such as automation, additive manufacturing, AI and robotics — driving Industry 4.0.

Combined with labour market and skills shortages in manufacturing, the economic impact of this slow adoption is staggering: Canadian manufacturers missed out on more than $13 billion in potential business in 2021 alone.*

To stay competitive on the global stage, Manitoba must bridge these gaps.

*Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters 2022 Annual Labour Survey

What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics merges previously independent fields of engineering (mechanical, electrical and computer) into an interdisciplinary approach to system, product and solution development. This helps manufacturers harness technologies driving Industry 4.0 (such as automation) to boost their competitiveness and reduce their labour market challenges.

Developing Solutions by Working Together

For more than 80 years, RRC Polytech has collaborated with an array of strategic partners — from industry and peer post-secondary institutes to community and funders — who believe training and research can maximize social and economic benefits for all peoples in Manitoba.

The Price Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics (Price Institute), which was developed in direct collaboration with industry, tackles the primary challenges facing Manitoba’s manufacturing sector. Built on three complementary goals, the Price Institute helps Manitoba manufacturers:

  • Attract new talent to design and deliver new technologies and processes that fuel their businesses.
  • Reskill or upskill existing workforces to harness these new technologies or processes.
  • Accelerate technology transfer throughout its vast network of SME manufacturers, through collaborative applied research activities.

Price Institute Pillars

New Academic and Collaborative Programming

  • Post-graduate diplomas in Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics
  • Industry-driven micro-credentials
  • Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program (Levels 1 and 2)

Centre for Automation and Manufacturing Technology Transfer (CAMTT)

  • Affordable applied research for SMEs
  • Accelerates technology transfer
  • Strengthens connection between RRC Polytech students, applied research expertise, and industry

New Research Chair in Advanced Manufacturing

  • Nexus of the Institute
  • Oversees CAMTT activity
  • Builds strategic relationships with industry, donors, government

Annual Outputs

The Price Institute is a dynamic response to the present and future needs of Manitoba’s manufacturing sector, with strong annual outputs that will benefit Manitoba’s economy and communities for generations to come.

150%increase in newly skilled graduates

25%equity seating for students from equity-deserving groups

Equity-deserving groups include women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and persons of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

1,000employees upskilled or reskilled

Our Generous Supporters

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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