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Parts Technician

There are two branches of this trade in Alberta: (1) parts technician and (2) parts technician - materials technician. Parts technicians manage and dispense a wide variety of mechanical, plumbing, electrical or other parts. Materials technicians move and manage goods into, within and from warehouses. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.

Contact

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

Legislation

Under Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and Parts Technician Trade Regulation, you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship for both branches of this trade is three years (three 12 month periods) with 1,500 hours of on-the-job training in each year. Parts technicians attend six weeks of technical training in the first and third years, and eight weeks of technical training in the second year. Materials technicians attend six weeks of technical training in each year. Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Parts technicians trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

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