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Parts Technician - Parts Technician

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Parts technicians manage and dispense parts inventories, which may include automotive, heavy duty, farm implement, industrial, recreational vehicle, jobber, plumbing, electrical, etc.  Parts technicians may be responsible for stock handling, identifying and cataloguing parts and assemblies as well as ordering, receiving, inspecting, sorting, pricing and selling, depending on business areas.

The specific duties a parts technician performs depend upon the size of the wholesale, retail or warehouse distribution business and the types of parts involved.  Some businesses specialize in one line of equipment such as a particular line of automotive parts; others stock parts for several makes of machinery as well as a wide variety of hardware supplies.

In general, a parts technician:

  • sells supplies and parts,
  • orders parts and keeps inventories,
  • receives supplies and stores them according to a prearranged system,
  • organizes and ships exchange parts and returns,
  • keeps price lists and catalogues updated,
  • prepares statements,
  • submits bills,
  • maintains records, and
  • receives payments.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Apprenticeship
  • The term of apprenticeship for a parts technician is 3 years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training for each year, 6 weeks of technical training in the first and third years and 8 weeks of technical training in the second year.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
Trade Qualifier

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit
Related Trades

Applicants with an Alberta or recognized trade certificate in one of the following trades may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship or Trades Qualifier program requirements.

  • Parts Technician
  • Warehousing Basic
  • Warehousing Intermediate

Supporting Resources

 
Description
Description / Resources
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.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training 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.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.