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Parts Technician


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

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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.


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 is 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 business – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate

$25 - $35
Average hourly wage
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $925.74  
Year 2: $1,168.72  
Year 3: $925.74

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

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid


The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Registration for the 2021/22 academic year opens on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

How to register

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 10-2
  • Math 10-2


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


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 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20
  • 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

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

After you register

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The term of apprenticeship for a parts technician is three 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.

training pathway

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


Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2021/22 total
1 $674 $197.80 $53.94 $925.74
2 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
3 $674 $197.80 $62.93 $925.74


Campus recreation fee: $45.80
Lab and material fee: $77
Student support fee: $37.50
Student technology fee: $37.50

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.

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