Radon is Getting Attention

December 8, 2014 • Written by

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.

Did you know that Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB) will be enforced as of December 1, 2014?

October 3, 2014 • Written by

IMG_20141003_101523If you do not know the answer or if this question weighs in your mind, read on…

The MECB increases energy efficiency in buildings an average of 26% more than the previous model National Energy Code for Buildings 1997. It also addresses building envelope heat losses as well as efficiencies of lighting, HVAC, service water heating and electrical systems.

As of December 1, 2014 permitting authorities in the Province of Manitoba will be enforcing energy codes for new Part 3 Residential, Commercial, and Industrial buildings for the first time.  The Code will also apply to additions but not renovations.  Building permit applications received on or after December 1, 2014 will be required to have designs that demonstrate compliance with the new Code.

Are you ready?

Do you know what will be required for compliance with the new Code?

Have you seen the provincial MECB Compliance tool?

If you have more questions than answers, RRC can help you get ready for the new Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings…

Technology Solutions for the Workplace through the School of Construction and Engineering Technologies is offering a 3 day or 5 day training courses of the requirements of the MECB.  For those not involved in design, who would prefer an introduction, a 1 day overview of the MECB is also offered.

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the requirements of MECB 2013 using all three compliance path options: prescriptive, trade-off and performance. Part One, 3 days (Mon-Wed)of the course will focus on the prescriptive and trade-off compliance paths as well as the basics for the performance path.  Part Two, 3 days (Wed –Fri) will focus on the performance path and train participants on the use of CAN-QUEST modelling software that generates the referenced building and compares it to the proposed building. Both Parts will include the introduction and applications of the compliance tool required by the Authority Having Jurisdictions (AHJ).

For registration information: Technology Solutions for the Workplace

– Tammy Harper, RRC Instructor

Water and Wastewater Certification Spring Training is scheduled

October 2, 2014 • Written by

The Spring courses for water and wastewater certification have  been scheduled. Check out the link for details. If you need more info, Louise will help you out at

W-WW Course Announcement Spring 2015

Onsite septic system installers, we have a course scheduled for December 8 – 12, 2014.  For further information they should contact Louise at or 204-632-3017.

Credentials. What’s behind your name?

October 2, 2014 • Written by

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This can be confusing for many graduates. For the graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology department, there many reasons for it. The Construction Management degree students actually did not have an official set of letters specified for their degree. The Civil Engineering Technology diploma students have a department acronym the same as their main credentialing association’s credential, CET.

Construction Management Graduates

It became official this week that your credential upon graduation is BTech (Const Mgmt). You are able to add that to your resume, business cards, email signoff, and fancy official letterhead once you have your parchment. For those unaware, the Construction Management degree program is a Bachelor of technology program with a major focus on construction management, hence, the credential, BTech.

Civil Engineering Technology Graduates (3 year diploma programs)

Many have mistaken CET to represent graduation from the Civil Eng Tech department but, in fact, that is not correct. CET represents recognition and membership to the Certified Technologist and Technicians Association of Manitoba (CTTAM). Graduates are granted the credential of CET after meeting the criteria set by CTTAM. The criteria includes CTTAM membership, graduation from an accredited post-secondary program, successfully completing an ethics exam, and having a minimum of two years of work experience in your field of study and at a technologist level. For more information on the CTTAM certification criteria, you can visit the CTTAM site, .

Water and Wastewater Training in Manitoba

September 4, 2014 • Written by

Did you know that all water and wastewater operators in Manitoba require certification? Did you know that Red River College offers the training courses that can prepare operators to pass the provincial Water and Wastewater Operator Certification exams? The staff in the Civil Engineering Technology department have been offering water and wastewater training for many years and they want you to know that they are offering even more.

Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Exam Preparation Courses: A series of 4-day training courses to prepare operators to pass the provincial certification exams.

Manitoba Water and Wastewater School:A one-week training for new operators that uses hands-on training to focus on the practical aspects of water and wastewater operations. This training can also assist current operators seeking to upgrade their knowledge and hands-on abilities.  For more information, please contact Morley Smith, 204-632-2140 or .

Onsite Wastewater Management: A 5-day program designed for wastewater system installers and contractors who wish to be certified with Manitoba Conservation as Onsite Wastewater Management Systems Installers. For more information, please contact Morley Smith, 204-632-2140 or .

In the future:

The Civil Engineering Dept has partnered with Apprenticeship Manitoba to deliver the training for operators enrolled in the Water and Wastewater Technician apprenticeship program. For more information, see .

First Day For First Years

September 4, 2014 • Written by

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It’s already Day 3 for the first year students of the Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Management, and the GIS students. Many of you can remember the anxiety of finding your way around the college, getting to know your classmates and instructors, and wondering if you were in the right program. Do you remember that first week of classes? The orientation day in the South Gym was yesterday, today is the first full day of classes and tomorrow is the GST and Math Diagnostic.

Every Fall students will have the grandest of intensions – diligent study practices, monk-like social habits, and excellent grades but it soon fades. As much as they know what they should do and what their instructors suggest, not much is taken to heart. BUT maybe if the students heard it from those that have lived it, maybe then they would be more inclined to hang on to those suggestions.

I invite the graduates of our programs to share their experiences and advice. What do you wish you did differently? What advice did you hear and wish you had followed? Please share all of this along with when and what program that you graduated from. If you would like, tell us your career path so that students may see some of the diverse options that are out there.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

Civil Grads of 2014

June 27, 2014 • Written by


Congratulations to Our Civil Engineering Technology Grads!!

Convocation on June 3, 2014 was a great evening. We saw over 150 students from the various Civil Engineering Technology programs cross the stage receiving their well-deserved diplomas and degrees. The evening was filled with pride from parents, faculty, and most of all, the students, themselves. They recognized that the hardships that they endured during their schooling were behind them. The hard work and success had brought them to this point and that this graduation will take them to their chosen careers. The majority of the students were employed already and excited to use what they have learned in their corner of the industry of design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment.

The Civil Engineering Technology diploma students may not have remembered that only two or three years earlier they were contemplating which program to select as they progressed into their second year of studies. Many at the time were divided between two or three options. To help with this, the department put on the annual Program Information Day where we have graduates and employees join instructors to provide insight on what students will experience in their future studies and to describe the employment experiences and progress opportunities in the specific programs.

This year, we recorded these presentations to allow students to revisit them and to provide potential students and others the opportunity for better understanding of our Civil Engineering Technology programs.

Perhaps in years to come, we will have the pleasure of congratulating you at convocation. …


Please follow the links for more information on the programs that interest you.

Architectural/Engineering Technology video

Building Design Technology video

Environmental Technology video
(Please note that the video does continue after our Dean, Nancy Wheatley’s address)

Geomatics Technology video

Municipal Engineering Technology video

Structural Engineering Technology video


Structural Engineering Technology

June 27, 2014 • Written by

This 32 month program focuses on the analysis and design of the structural systems of both building and infrastructure projects. Graduates from Structural Engineering Technology have the opportunity to continue their education into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Technology, Construction Management program here at Red River College or pursue their Civil Engineering degree at Lakehead University (additional conditions apply).


Structural Engineering Technology video

Structural Engineering Technology program information

Municipal Engineering Technology

June 27, 2014 • Written by

This 32 month program focuses on the design and construction process of municipal infrastructure. Graduates from Municipal Engineering Technology have the opportunity to continue their education into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Technology, Construction Management program here at Red River College or pursue their Civil Engineering degree at Lakehead University (additional conditions apply).

Municipal Engineering Technology video

Municipal Engineering Technology program information