Parts and Materials Technician
Parts and Materials Technicians are in high demand in north/central Alberta and this course is designed to provide the entry level technician an advantage in securing employment. Graduates of this course will qualify as third period apprentices in two trades, which will expand the availability of employment opportunities. The skills obtained in this course are highly sought after by prospective employers and will enable graduates to seek employment in a wide variety of job settings and locations.
Parts Technicians manage and dispense parts inventories, which may include automotive, heavy duty, farm implement, industrial, recreational vehicle, jobber, plumbing, electrical, etc. 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.
You’ll learn to order parts and keep inventories, receive and store supplies in an organized system, update price lists and catalogues, computers and materials handling equipment. 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.
Materials Technicians are involved in the movement of materials in a wide variety of industries including agricultural, forestry, health, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, transportation, and wholesale/retail industries. Materials Technicians may be employed in many different settings and work with a wide variety of materials, and their duties and responsibilities can vary considerably from one job to another.
They are employed by organizations that produce, process, and use products such as office supplies, tools and equipment, food goods, textile products, farm equipment or industrial supplies.
You’ll learn to prepare, generate, pack and ship orders, process orders, operate electronic material identification tools and schedules, purchasing, warehousing and inventory control.
Although a high school diploma is not required as a prerequisite for entrance into this program, students should be aware that some employers may require a high school diploma as a prerequisite for employment.
Course requirements are the same as with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) and include the following Alberta Education courses or equivalents:
- English 20-1 or English 20-2 and
- Mathematics 20-1, Mathematics 20-2 or Mathematics 20-3, and
- One 20-level Science
Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted to the course upon successful completion of the AIT Entrance Exam.
First Year (49 credits)
Semester 1 (16 weeks)
- PM1100 Material and Handling Equipment (10)
- PM1200 Material Handling and Warehouse Operations (7.5)
- PM1300 Safety Skills, Communication and Transportation (6.5)
Semester 2 (16 weeks)
- PM2100 Automotive Parts Identification (11.5)
- PM2200 Heavy Duty Parts Identification (11.5)
- PM2300 Introduction to Inventory Management (1)
Semester 3 (4 weeks)
Students who successfully complete Semester 1 will qualify to challenge the AIT Training First Period Exam for Parts and Materials Technician. These students will also continue on to Semester 2 and upon successful completion of the second semester will qualify to challenge both the Parts and Materials Technician AIT Second Period Exams. In addition, students who successfully complete semesters 1 and 2 will be placed in a work practicum for a four-week period.
Our 36-week program includes a work experience to give you practical experience along with the theory and hands-on training you will need to challenge the 1st- and 2nd-year apprenticeship exams, putting you well on your way to both Journeyman tickets.
Students who successfully complete the required credits are eligible to graduate from the course and receive a Certificate in Parts and Materials Technician.
To register for technical apprenticeship training you must be indentured as an apprentice eligible for training. Typically, students would be employed full-time with a company and have signed a contract of apprenticeship with them and have that contract registered with AIT.
Apprenticeship information can be accessed by visiting the AIT website at http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca.