Parts Technicians manage and disperse parts inventories, which may include automotive, heavy duty, agricultural, industrial, recreational vehicle, after-market, plumbing, electrical, etc. As a Parts Technician, you could find yourself responsible for stock handling, warehousing, identifying and cataloguing parts and assemblies as well as ordering, receiving, inspecting, sorting, pricing and selling. Experienced Parts Technicians may advance to management positions or outside sales roles.
The Parts Technician trade is a three year Red Seal apprenticeship program.
Apprentices may be eligible for financial support.
Materials Technician Apprenticeship
- Materials Technician apprenticeship training is a branch of the Parts Technician apprenticeship program.
- First and third period training is common with Parts Technician; therefore these apprentices would register into the Parts Technician course.
- Second period Materials Technician apprentices would register into the Materials Technician course (offered at NAIT at the present time).
To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required for the trade to which you apply. Entrance requirements are monitored by Alberta and Industry Training.
See How to Become and Apprentice to find out about becoming a registered apprentice.
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For Ted, who had already worked as a mechanic, the program offered more theory and a greater comprehensive study of being a parts technician that will open doors to a larger number of opportunities, including in fields such as mining and other industries with heavy equipment.
“It gives you a lot of options.”