Education & Training

Ready to Work: Winnipeg’s Post-Secondary Environment

Winnipeg is home to two world-class universities, the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, as well as the Canadian Mennonite University and Université de Saint-Boniface. Red River College — the province’s leading applied sciences college — is also here, as are several highly regarded vocational institutions.

Collectively, more than 44,000 full-time students are currently enrolled at the city’s post-secondary learning institutions, which offer a variety of education and training programs that meet the diverse needs of multiple sectors and ensure a steady supply of highly skilled workers.

Below is a brief summary of some the most esteemed schools the city offers as well as some of the faculties, departments and/or programs that have become nationally recognized for the targeted training provided.

Contact EDW if you’d like to learn more about how Winnipeg’s business leaders, government representatives and academic institutions work together to supply the requisite talent to local companies. It’s a winning collaboration that helps keep Winnipeg firms extremely competitive in the global marketplace.

University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba is the province’s largest university, with more than 20 faculties educating students in the areas of engineering, business, mathematical sciences and other disciplines critical to the advanced manufacturing and aerospace sectors, for example. The university is comprised of a faculty and staff totaling more than 8,700 and provides educational programs to more than 28,000 students. 

Acclaimed University of Manitoba faculty/department offerings include the following:

Faculty of Engineering

The faculty of engineering is a centre of excellence in interdisciplinary engineering research and application. The faculty offers students opportunities for hands-on industry training through paid, cooperative learning programs in which students complement their education with paid work experience in their chosen field. The faculty offers a diverse set of undergraduate degree programs in the fields of biosystems, civil, electrical and computer, mechanical and manufacturing, and design engineering. Students have the option of concentrating studies in the fields of manufacturing and aerospace.

Engineering Research Laboratories

The department of mechanical and manufacturing engineering is home to several outstanding research laboratories. The applied mechanics and design laboratories conduct research in a broad number of fields, covering topics that include nano-mechanics, stress and vibration analysis, and human-gait analysis. The materials science and engineering laboratories have become a Canadian leader in conducting research and development into composites and composite-related structures. The lab houses significant capability to conduct research in such areas as the joining of aerospace materials, acoustic emission, solidification and diffusion, phase transformation in solids, wear and wear protection, and composites.

The manufacturing and production laboratories support active research in robotics, sensor technology, system integration, automatic controls, information systems, human-machine control systems and teleoperation. One of the highlights of the labs is the rapid prototyping laboratory, which allows for rapid manufacture of multipurpose models or prototypes to be used for testing and design. The thermofluids and energy laboratories contain facilities supporting research into such fields as turbulence, computational fluid dynamics and heat-transfer modeling, and alternative energy.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The faculty of engineering’s department of electrical and computer engineering conducts research in fields such as applied electromagnetics, computational intelligence, nanosystems and other advanced fields of electronics. 

I.H. Asper School of Business

The I.H. Asper School of Business has gained an international reputation for developing programs that enhance skills relevant for current and future managers in organizations operating in a global environment. The school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including both a full-time and part-time MBA program, and a Ph.D. program. The I.H. Asper School of Business was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1999 and was reaccredited in 2009 and 2015. Less than five per cent of business schools worldwide earn this international recognition.

University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg is consistently recognized by both Maclean’s magazine and The Globe and Mail newspaper. It is a leader in academic excellence, aboriginal education, applied computer science, engineering, physics, and theatre and the arts. More than 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students attend courses at the University of Winnipeg, which employs a faculty and staff of more than 800. 

Notable University of Winnipeg faculty/department offerings include the following: 

Applied Computer Science

The faculty of science at the University of Winnipeg is home to the department of applied computer science. The faculty of science offers a master degree in applied computer science and society, as well as bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degrees in one of two streams of learning: information systems or health informatics.  Graduates from the faculty are typically employed in professions such as database administration, systems analysis and design, project management and quality assurance. 

Faculty of Arts

The faculty of arts is the largest and most diverse faculty at the University of Winnipeg and spans many liberal arts departments. The department of theatre and film is one of the largest in Canada and offers the opportunity to obtain a bachelor of arts in one of six different areas of study: acting and directing, design, drama in education, filmmaking, playwriting, stage management and production. The department also offers a joint dance program stream between the University of Winnipeg and The School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg.

Red River College

Red River College (RRC) is the largest and most comprehensive applied learning institute in the province, providing high-quality education and training to more than 12,000 full- and part-time students each year. With a main campus located near the Richardson International Airport, a downtown Exchange District campus and various regional locations, RRC is committed to staying current and responsive to the demands of the marketplace. Successful partnerships have helped graduates achieve a 95 per cent employment rate.

RRC is Manitoba’s only full-service training provider. It boasts a proven track record of responding aggressively to industry with workforce-ready graduates. RRC responds to the specialized education and training needs of business, labour, industry, government, professional associations and community organizations through custom-designed training and modified college programs.

Celebrated RRC department/program offerings include the following:

Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT)

The Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT) is an applied research venue where students encounter real-world aerospace industry problems that are explored and solved. The centre is a public-private partnership in which Red River College provides access to academic resources (including the training of operators, technicians and engineering technologists) and StandardAero provides the facility, equipment maintenance, shop access and supplies (as well as trained operators and on-the-job trainers for project support).

Red River College Stevenson Campus (Winnipeg)

Since 2002, the Stevenson Aviation and Aerospace Training Centre has been uniquely equipping students to enter the aerospace labour force in Winnipeg. Programs include aerospace manufacturing technician, aircraft maintenance, gas turbine engine repair and overhaul, aircraft structural repair technician, aircraft maintenance engineer diploma program, AME “M” apprenticeship and non-destructive testing.

Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection 

With a $4.4 million investment in 2011, the Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection (CNDI) at Red River College provides specialized inspection equipment and a network of portable ‘non-destructive’ imaging equipment that can be used by industry in their facilities. This equipment allows companies to detect hidden flaws in materials more efficiently and with greater confidence without damaging the materials.

Creative Arts Department

The creative arts department at RRC offers programs in creative communications, graphic design, digital media design, 3D computer graphics, deaf studies, library and information technology, and technical communication

Creative Communications Program

The creative communications program at RRC has a multifaceted curriculum that prepares students for careers in four general areas: advertising, media production, journalism and public relations. The aim of the program is to give students a high degree of knowledge and competency in order to secure entry-level positions in a broad spectrum of communication-based jobs. Courses are augmented by training in such diverse areas as electronic publishing, web design, social media, creative writing, photography and marketing.

Université de Saint-Boniface

Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) was established in 1818. It is the only French-language university in the province of Manitoba and was the first post-secondary educational institution to be established in Western Canada. Located in the community of St. Boniface in the heart of Winnipeg, it offers degree programs including arts, social work, translation, science, education, business administration and nursing as well as graduate programs in education and Canadian studies. USB is affiliated with the University of Manitoba and offers University of Manitoba degrees.

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology provides secondary and post-secondary students with applied skills training for careers in health care and human services, information and business technology, and various skilled trades.

Robertson College

Robertson College is the starting point for a better tomorrow. Its graduates find rewarding careers, new opportunities, increased stability and financial security. Programs specialize in the business, information technology and health-care fields.

Manitoba Tourism Education College

The Manitoba Tourism Education College was established to meet current and long-term employer needs by preparing future employees for positions in the tourism, hospitality and retail industries in Manitoba. This private vocational school delivers six to eight week training programs plus a 30 hour practicum. Potential employees are matched to employers, with the goal of future employment.

Responsive Training Infrastructure

Industries in Winnipeg constantly adapt to changing markets and adjust to new technologies, applications and consumer trends. With a knowledgeable workforce, changes are viewed as opportunities. Winnipeg’s training infrastructure ensures companies are poised to excel in these changing environments.

Workforce Training Programs

Industry Sector Associations Providing Training Support