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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.

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 technical training in each year of the apprenticeship.
Trade Qualifier
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.
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.