Students are Prepped for the Future

by Adrien Montoya

Red River College is one of the largest institutions of applied learning in Manitoba, spreading its programs over eight campuses in the province.

The main campus is the Notre Dame campus, which also happens to be where the Collision Repair and Refinishing program takes place. The Notre Dame campus is located at 2055 Notre Dame Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


The Collision Repair and Refinishing program at Red River College prepares students with basic working knowledge of all different metals and spray painting. Throughout the program, students will either develop or enhance their knowledge on auto body repair, collision repair and spray painting. The program also teaches students about patching, finishing, and preparing a panel for painting. In this program, safety and environmental safety are thoroughly enhanced. In order to graduate, students have to complete two mandatory work placements.


To apply for this program, students must either have graduated from high school or be enrolled in a post-secondary course. The regular admission requirements are a successful completion of Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Mathematics and Grade 10 Science.


Upon graduating from the Collision Repair and Refinishing program of Red River College, one can be hired as an auto body mechanic, metal finisher, painter’s prepper, as well as body frame specialist. Other jobs such as claims adjusters, collision estimators, and shop supervisor are also possible outcomes.


The Collision Repair and Refinishing program at Red River College lasts nine months or 38 weeks. The college also offers a strictly car painting program which lasts 15 weeks.

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