Overview

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

There are two specializations for this trade:

  • Parts technician: 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. In this role, you will sell supplies and parts, order parts, keep inventories, receive supplies, catalogue parts, organize returns, maintain records, submit bills, prepare statements and receive payments.
  • Materials technician: as a materials technician, you will prepare and ship orders, process returns, complete inventory processes in place, interact with customers, handle products, operate equipment and calculate transportation costs.

Parts and materials technicians are skilled tradespeople who are self-motivated and enjoy working with people. This line of work is most fulfilling for those who enjoy business practices.

To thrive in this career, it is important to have the following traits:

  • physical strength and stamina
  • be organized and analytical
  • manual dexterity
  • the ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items up to 18 kilograms
  • the ability to work independently
  • good math, communication and computer skills
  • the ability to get along well with customers and fellow workers.

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and apprenticeship education periods, graduates will be awarded a certificate in addition to 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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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 12102, 13201, 14401, 14403, 60020, 62100, 64101, 75101.

Apprenticeship training

For each specialization, apprentices will spend three periods of apprenticeship education and on-the-job training before becoming a journeyperson.

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 each year, and:

  • six weeks of apprenticeship education in the first and third years
  • eight weeks of apprenticeship education in the second year.

Year 1 | Period 1

You will start by learning workplace safety and environment protection. You will then learn about material handling, material storage, material identification, calculations as well as communications.

Training length: 6 weeks

Year 2 | Period 2

You will learn engines and related systems, power train, hydraulics, steering, suspension, air brakes, electrical, auto body, agriculture and mobile industrial equipment.

Training length: 8 weeks

Year 3 | Period 3

You will learn inventory, procurement, design and planning, business management as well as human relations and industry network.

Training length: 6 weeks

The term of apprenticeship for a material technician is three years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of apprenticeship education each year.

Year 1 | Period 1

You'll begin by learning standard workplace safety and environmental protection regulations, material handling and storage, material identification and calculations, and effective communication practices.

Training length: 6 weeks

Year 2 | Period 2

You will learn logistics, facility management, transportation and traffic, material identification, tool cribs and leadership.

Training length: 6 weeks

Year 3 | Period 3

You will learn inventory, procurement, design and planning, business management as well as human relations and industry network.

Training length: 6 weeks

Apprenticeship education performance

To succeed in apprenticeship education, you must pass each section of the course and the AIT exam.

The passing grade for each section in a course is 65%. A passing mark on each provincial exam and the interprovincial qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

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Training pathways

You can earn your journeyperson designation in one of the following ways.

The traditional training pathway begins with finding a job with an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Once you are an apprentice, you will alternate between on-the-job training and educational periods.  

You must apply for an apprenticeship through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training before attending your first education period at SAIT.

Admission requirements

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 10-3

OR

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

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam

Recommended requirements

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
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MyTradeSecrets

Once you have begun working as an apprentice, you can attend SAIT to complete your technical training.

You'll register for technical training at SAIT on MyTradeSecrets or you can register by phone.

How to register

Available intakes

SAIT delivers some training periods for Parts Technicians through the Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS.)

WATS intakes offer classes and labs in shorter segments spread out over an extended period. This approach allows you to remain employed full-time while pursuing your training.

SAIT delivers some training periods for Parts Technicians through the Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS.)

WATS intakes offer classes and labs in shorter segments spread out over an extended period. This approach allows you to remain employed full-time while pursuing your training.

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Parts Technician

The estimated total cost of 2024/25 tuition and fees in each period of technical training.
Period Number of weeks Tuition fees Additional fees Total
1 6 $864 $311 $1,175
2 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
3 6 $864 $311 $1,175
Total cost:
$3,831

Materials Technician

The estimated total cost of 2024/25 tuition and fees in each period of technical training.
Period Number of weeks Tuition fees Additional fees Total
1 6 $864 $311 $1,175
2 6 $864 $311 $1,175
3 6 $864 $311 $1,175
Total cost:
$3,525

Books or modules, along with other items for classes, are approximately $600 per period.

It's recommended you don't 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 (PPE) will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective until June 30, 2024.

Parts Technician

The estimated total cost of 2023/24 tuition and fees in each period of technical training.
Period Number of weeks Tuition fees Additional fees Total
1 6 $792 $301 $1,093
2 8 $1,056 $319 $1,375
3 6 $792 $301 $1,093
Total cost:
$3,561

Materials Technician

The estimated total cost of 2023/24 tuition and fees in each period of technical training.
Period Number of weeks Tuition fees Additional fees Total
1 6 $792 $301 $1,093
2 6 $792 $301 $1,093
3 6 $792 $301 $1,093
Total cost:
$3,279
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Funding options for apprentices

Apprentices get to learn while they earn, but there are still costs to consider. Many resources are available at SAIT and federally to help support apprentices.

Financial aid

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact

Have more questions?

Technical training at SAIT

School of Transportation

Phone
403.284.8471
Email
transportation.info@sait.ca

Apprenticeship training and registration

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services

Phone
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca