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Parts Technician - Materials Technician

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Materials technicians are involved in the movement of materials in a wide variety of industries including agriculture, forestry, health, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, transportation and retail industries.  They are employed by organizations that produce, process and retail a wide variety of products.

Materials technicians may be employed in many different settings and work with a wide variety of materials. Job requirements and responsibilities can vary considerably from one job to another.

In general, a materials technician:

  • prepares, generates, picks and ships orders,
  • receives shipments and ensures that they are complete and in good order,
  • processes customer and supplier returns,
  • applies inventory management practices and maintains accurate inventory records,
  • schedules and arranges transportation of materials using rail, air or road,
  • calculates transportation costs and prepares transportation documents,
  • maintains material identification records inventory,
  • interacts with internal and external customers,
  • operates computer systems,
  • operates material handling equipment (dollies, hand trucks, pallet jacks, forklifts, cranes, conveyors),
  • handles and stores products in appropriate storage areas,
  • supervise warehouse personnel,
  • participates in business operations and planning,
  • participate in safety programs,
  • design and plan warehouses,
  • practice Total Quality Management (TQM), and
  • design and plan warehouses.

Those authorized to perform the restricted activities of this designated trade include:

  • Sponsored Apprentices,
  • Certified Journeypersons
  • Individuals deemed qualified by their employer, and
  • Self-Employed individuals.

For complete information, see Restricted Activities and Classes of Individuals.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for a parts technician-materials technician is 3 years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of classroom instruction in each year of the apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Certificate).
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on:

Work Experience

The requirements for a Parts Technician - Materials Technician are:

Recognized Credentials

The requirements for a Parts Technician – Materials Technician are:

  • A valid recognized credential from another jurisdiction.
  • A successful theory exam.

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guide Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.


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