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Length: 3 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn to manage and dispense parts inventories, handle stock, identify and catalogue parts and assemblies in a variety of industries like automotive, heavy-duty, farm implement, industrial, recreational vehicles, plumbing, electrical and more.

If you like a variety of work, working with people, working in their area of expertise and participating in a customer’s success, you will enjoy a career as a parts technician. 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, you will:

  • sell supplies and parts
  • order parts and keeps inventories
  • receive supplies and store them according to a prearranged system
  • organize and ship exchange parts and returns
  • keep price lists and catalogues updated
  • prepares statements
  • submit bills
  • maintain records
  • receive payments

Materials technicians may be employed in many different settings and work with a wide variety of materials. 

This is a non-compulsory trade – individuals can work in the trade without certification if the employer deems the individual to have the skills of a journeyperson. However, individuals who are working in the trade and learning the trade must become a registered apprentice.

Is this the right fit for me?

To be successful in their trade, parts technicians must have:

  • the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public even in difficult situations
  • basic math skills
  • strength, stamina and the ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items up to 18 kilograms
  • the ability to pay careful attention to details such as parts catalogues and electronic inventory systems.

Credentials

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

This s a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Parts technicians are employed by wholesale and retail businesses and warehouse distributors that deal with all types of parts. Apprentice parts technicians may begin working as stock or receiving clerks or drivers. As they become acquainted with the different parts and their applications and the stockroom system, they may be promoted to parts counter positions.

Experienced parts technicians who have business and technical experience may advance to supervisory positions such as parts department manager, store manager or even store owner. With some sales experience, parts technicians can move into sales representative positions.

Some journeypersons go on to run their own contracting firms – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate

$25 - $35
Average hourly wage
3
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $805.94  
Year 2: $1,033.92  
Year 3: $805.94


*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for apprenticeship intakes opens August 2020

Admission and completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3

OR

A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 30 and Chemistry 30
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Courses

Apprentices in this trade will spend three years (three 12-month periods) of on-the-job training and technical training at SAIT. Technical training will be 6 weeks year one and two, and 8 weeks for year three.

Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice
Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer 
Sign contract and receive record book
Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts
Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1500 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend third period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass third period Trade Qualification Exam
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Lab & Material fees 2020/21 total
1 $630 $50 $53.94 $72 $805.94
2 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
3 $630 $50 $62.93 $72 $805.94

SAIT Fees

Student support fee: $25
Student technology fee: $25.00

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Wellness centre

Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetteball courts and eight room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.

Financial planning tool

Our apprenticeship cost calculator can help you make a financial plan by identifying and adding up your expected expenses while attending SAIT — find out exactly how much money you need to save, seek or borrow to get you through your studies.

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Transportation
403.284.8471
transportation.info@sait.ca

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