Rosemount Technology Centre

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Coordinates: 45°33′34″N 73°35′1″W / 45.55944°N 73.58361°W / 45.55944; -73.58361

Rosemount Technology Centre
Motto Your career, Our focus
Type vocational career centre
Established 1994
Principal Harry Michalopoulos
Students Approximately 800
Location 3737, rue Beaubien Est
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H1X 1H2
Campus 3737 Beaubien East (Main Campus) and 10909 De Gariepy (Curtis George Campus)
Nickname RTC

Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC) is a free English-language adult technical career education centre located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The school is operated by the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and funded by the Quebec Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports. There are approximately 800 students attending the school across eight different programs. The programs are tuition-free. RTC is the largest English vocational school in Quebec and consists of two campus'. The main campus shares a building with Rosemount High School and the Curtis George Campus is named after the late Curtis George, the RTC Assistant Centre Director who spearheaded the development of the second campus.

Most programs are 1800 hours and last for 14 months. Based on a modular system, students gain practical experience through a series of acquired competencies. Programs start at various times throughout the year. Upon completion of the program students receive a Diploma of Vocational Studies / Diplome d'etudes professionel (DEP).

RTC vocational centre offers “Student for a Day”. Candidates have the opportunity to meet with current students and teachers to observe classroom and lab activities in their respective programs.


The RTC career center offers eight different specialized programs for students in a wide variety of technical and industrial fields.

Automated Systems in Electromechanics[edit]

To enable students to maintain and operate automated production equipment. To educate students to take action at the primary operation level. To teach students to service different types of mechanical, hydraulics, pneumatics and electronic components. To train students to work in the various production industries which use automated systems.[1]

Cabinet Making[edit]

To enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes for production of templates and assembly of wooden furniture. Students learn about sculptured wood, veneering, marquerty and furniture composed of panels and composites. Students learn ornamental woodwork and staircases, installation of manufactured component, repair and restoration of furniture.[2]

Computer Graphics[edit]

Whether it is for print or web, students learn how to successfully meet technical requirements in order to produce design layouts with type and images. From the conception stage through the actual final output, the complete production process including photography and digital printing, with the necessary skills taught through various hands-on experiences. Using software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver and WordPress, students end up possessing both the knowledge and technical skills required to have a great career in the industry.

Furniture Finishing[edit]

Students learning different accepts of furniture finishing, mixing opaque-color stains, how to prepare wood surfaces. Students work on finish on used and new furniture and learn different furniture styles.[3]

Industrial Drafting[edit]

To enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to produce drawings common drafting instrument and a computerized work station (CAD). Educate students how to read and do detail and assembly drawings of mechanisms, machine frame and other objects. Students learn how to draft diagrams of systems involving hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical circuits and pipes.[4]

  • Software (Pc base)
  • Auto Desk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • SolidWorks

Machining Techniques[edit]

To enable students to carry out routine machining tasks such as sawing, drilling, filing, milling and thread cutting on lathe in accordance with specifications. To educate students on which tools to use and how to set them up for various jobs. To teach students how to use both basic and specialized equipment. To train machinists-in-training how to read engineering blueprints and how to use 3D software.[5]

Numerical-Control Machine Tool Operation (CNC)[edit]

To program and use numerically controlled machines (lathes, milling machines, a machining centre) to produces complex parts. Making changes to sequence of operations, make change to program, position and install jigs. Students machine pieces that may be used in engines, turbines and hydraulic systems.[6]

Printing and Digital Layout[edit]

To enable students to prepare basic materials for the production of printing plates. Students learn how to set up the various types of printing presses (offset and screen) and how to maintain press. Students also learn on how to run the job and execute finishing techniques. Basic introduction to printing and layout software.[7]

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • QuarkXPress


In 1994 the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal created the Rosemount Technology Centre as an offshoot of the vocational programs at High School. Marzia Michielli was the first Centre Director. The programs offered at the time were: Hairdressing, Industrial Drafting, Machining Techniques, Preparation for Printing, Professional Cuisine, Secretarial/Accounting, and Woodworking. Within several years, Hairdressing, Professional Cuisine and Secretarial/Accounting were moved to other vocational centres in Montreal.

The RTC logo design is based upon an isometric geometric cube with a set of two white stripes which represents the early stages of vocational learning. The isometric cube shape suggests a secondary stage of learning which requires the representation of a three-dimensional concept common in many technological vocations.

1995 Automated Systems in Electromechanics moves to RTC from Westhill High School 1996 Professional Cuisine is moved to LaSalle and Printing and Finishing is offered for the first time. 1997 Major renovations were made to the building. 1998 Preparation for Printing was updated and was renamed Desktop Publishing / Computer Graphics. 2000 Hairdressing moves to Laurier Macdonald Vocational Centre 2001 Accounting moves to the JFK Business Centre. 2002 Numerical-Control Machine Tool Operation (CNC) and Furniture Finishing were added to the offerings.



Students can participate at the annual CRC Robotics competition. They first participated in 2002 and won the Championship in 2007. This event is an extracurricular activity and cross-curricular learning experience. The competition involves many of the different departments in the center. The robotics team is composed of students from six of our departments: Electromechanics, Machining, Industrial Drafting, Computer Graphics, Printing, and Cabinetmaking. Students have 12 weeks to design and construct a robot that participates in the tournament. Create a bilingual video documentary that presents the competitor's school; produce a bilingual written journal that documents the details of the school, the team, and robot. Students have to design a bilingual web site that showcases to the public the team's work and accomplishments and a presentation kiosk to present their work to visitors and judges during the challenge period. Students and Schools compete among 20 to 24 teams consisting of different levels of education from High schools to Cegeps.

Skills Olympics[edit]

Students participate annually in the Quebec Skills Olympics.

"Hats Off to You" Competition[edit]

Female students from Rosemount Technology Centre studying in male-dominated training programs participate in the annual "Hats Off to You" Competition.


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