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Apprenticeship

Parts Technician

Parts technicians perform ordering, warehousing, inventory control and sales of parts.

Also Known As

Auto Parts Salesperson, Materials Technician, Parts Picker, Salesperson, Warehouse Worker

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Shippers and Receivers (1471);  Storekeepers and Parts Clerks (1472) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Shippers and Receivers (B571);  Storekeepers and Parts Clerks (B572) 
  • 2011 NOC: Shippers and receivers (1521);  Storekeepers and partspersons (1522) 
  • 2016 NOC: Shippers and receivers (1521);  Storekeepers and partspersons (1522) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Shippers and Receivers
2006 NOC : 1471

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information to maintain internal manual or computerized record-keeping systems; and in coding goods

OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating computers to keep records; and in unpacking and routing goods to appropriate storage areas; may operate fork lifts, hand trucks and other equipment to load, unload, transport and store goods

directive

Interest in overseeing loading and unloading of goods from trucks and other conveyances

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Storekeepers and Parts Clerks
2006 NOC : 1472

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to prepare requisition orders for parts and supplies, and to maintain records of orders and amount, kind and location of parts and supplies on hand

OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating computerized inventory systems; and in keeping records using manual systems

SOCIAL

Interest in speaking with customers to sell spare and replacement parts for motor vehicles, machinery and equipment in retail settings and to advise retail customers and internal users on appropriateness of parts, supplies and materials requested

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

In Alberta, the parts technician trade has the following branches:

  • Parts Technician - Parts Technician
  • Parts Technician - Materials Technician

For simplicity, the branches are referred to as parts technician and materials technician in this profile.

Parts technicians manage and dispense parts inventories, and may be responsible for stock handling, identifying and cataloguing parts and assemblies, ordering, receiving, inspecting, sorting, or pricing and selling parts. They may work with parts from the original manufacturer or other manufacturers of automotive, heavy duty, farm implement, industrial, recreational vehicle, plumbing, electrical or other types of equipment.

Duties and responsibilities vary depending on 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 and hardware supplies.

In general, parts technicians:

  • Sell supplies and parts
  • Order parts and keep inventories
  • Receive supplies and store them according to a pre-arranged system
  • Organize and ship exchange parts and returns
  • Keep price lists and catalogues updated
  • Prepare statements
  • Submit bills
  • Keep records
  • Receive payments
  • Use equipment, such as computers, calculators and materials handling equipment
  • Contribute to their business’ operation and principles of operation

Materials technicians are involved in the movement of materials in a wide variety of industries including agriculture, forestry, health, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, transportation and retail industries. They may be employed in many different settings and work with a wide variety of materials. Their duties and responsibilities can vary considerably from one job to another.

In general, materials technicians:

  • Prepare, generate, pick, and ship orders
  • Receive shipments and ensure they are complete and in good order
  • Process customer product returns and the return of products to suppliers
  • Schedule and arrange the transport of materials by rail, air or road
  • Calculate transportation costs and prepare transportation documents
  • Maintain records of material identification and inventory
  • Participate in business operations and planning
  • Operate computer systems
  • Operate material handling equipment (for example, dollies, hand trucks, pallet jacks, forklifts, cranes, conveyers)
  • Use storage systems to handle and store products (use equipment to move items and place them in appropriate storage areas or bins)
  • Supervise warehouse personnel
  • Interact with customers
  • Participate in safety programs
  • Practice Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Design and plan warehouses
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Parts technicians and materials technicians may work indoors or outdoors. Indoor environments include offices, warehouses and storerooms where large inventories are kept, often on rows of shelves or in bins. Working hours vary depending on the industry. Most work a 40-hour week and those in large facilities may work shifts.

The work can be physically demanding. Materials technicians often are on their feet all day and lift items that weigh up to 18 kilograms.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Parts technicians need:

  • Basic math skills
  • Strength and stamina
  • Attention to details such as parts catalogues and electronic inventory systems.
  • The ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public even in difficult situations

They should enjoy variety and working with people.

Materials technicians need:

  • Strength and stamina
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math, communication and computer skills
  • The ability to work alone, as a team, and with customers

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to their work, operating handling equipment and keeping detailed records.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Shippers and receivers

NOC code: 1521

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 28, 2021 and Jun 25, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Inspect and verify incoming goods against invoices or other documents
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Organized
Oversee loading and unloading of goods
Prepare bills of lading, invoices and other shipping documents
Maintain internal record-keeping system
Record shortages and reject damaged goods
Unpack goods received
Determine method of shipment
Personal Suitability: Reliability

Storekeepers and partspersons

NOC code: 1522

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 28, 2021 and Jun 25, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Personal Suitability: Dependability
Personal Suitability: Organized
Receive, unpack and sort incoming parts, supplies and materials
Store items in warehouse, tool room or supply area
Ship, deliver or pick up parts, products or equipment
Personal Suitability: Excellent oral communication
Identify, label and catalogue items received
Clean and maintain office, supply area or warehouse
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship

To work in Alberta, a parts technician or materials technician must be ONE of the following:

  • A registered apprentice
  • A certified journeyperson
  • Someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate
  • Work for an employer who is satisfied that the technician has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
  • Self-employed

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train them. They must also meet ONE of the following:

  • Have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 10-2, Math 10-3, or equivalent
  • Have a pass mark in all 5 Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
  • Pass an entrance exam

Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. Some employers require parts or materials technicians to have experience working with the types of product sold (for example, automotive or farm implement parts) so they can answer customer questions about product use.

The term of apprenticeship for parts technicians is 3 years (three 12- month periods) that include:

  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training in each year
  • 6 weeks of technical training in the first and third years
  • 8 weeks of technical training in the second year

The term of apprenticeship for materials technicians is 3 years (three 12- month periods) that include:

  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training in each year
  • 6 weeks of technical training in each year

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) .

Parts technician apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For more information, see the Apprenticeship Training Catalogue.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Parts Technician

Parts technicians perform ordering, warehousing, inventory control and sales of parts. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Parts Technician Trade Regulation [pdf], 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.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Parts Technician.

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Parts technicians are employed by wholesale and retail businesses, and warehouse distributors that deal with all types of parts. Apprentices often start as stock or receiving clerks or drivers before moving up to the parts counter positions.

Materials technicians are employed by organizations that produce, process or sell products such as office supplies, tools and equipment, food goods, textile products, farm equipment or industrial supplies. Most work in urban centres where manufacturers, wholesalers and large retailers have their warehouses. Some are employed where large mining, transportation or manufacturing facilities are concentrated in non-urban settings (for example, at wood products plants or petroleum production facilities).

With the appropriate training and related work experience, parts technicians and materials technicians may advance to supervisory positions or move into related fields such as purchasing, sales, inventory control or materials management. Parts technicians may become store managers or even store owners.

Parts technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1522: Storekeepers and partspersons. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

Materials technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1521: Shippers and receivers. In Alberta, 77% of people employed in the Shippers and Receivers occupational group work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] for parts technicians and materials technicians is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed below
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 1521: Shippers and receivers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 234 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

In Alberta, the 1522: Storekeepers and partspersons occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 39 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Journeyperson materials and parts technicians wage rates vary depending on industry sector and geographic location in the province. Generally, it ranges from $13 to $35 an hour, plus benefits (2020 estimates). Apprentices in both branches of this trade earn at least 65% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 75% in the second and 85% in the third.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Storekeepers and partspersons

2016 NOC : 1522
Average Wage
$26.09
Per Hour
Average Salary
$51,958.00
Per Year
Average Hours
38.9
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.8
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 1522 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $32.78 $20.77 $19.23
Overall $18.00 $36.80 $26.09 $25.00
Top $21.00 $51.43 $31.73 $30.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
Construction
Transportation and Warehousing
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
ALL INDUSTRIES
Retail Trade
Health Care & Social Assistance

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
50%
50%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
28%
28%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
4%
4%
Vacancy Rate
1%

Shippers and receivers

2016 NOC : 1521
Average Wage
$20.72
Per Hour
Average Salary
$41,382.00
Per Year
Average Hours
38.6
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.9
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 1521 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $24.00 $17.82 $17.00
Overall $16.00 $28.00 $20.72 $20.00
Top $17.00 $32.54 $24.56 $24.24

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
Oil & Gas Extraction
Construction
Educational Services
Manufacturing
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Wholesale Trade
ALL INDUSTRIES
Information, Culture, Recreation
Transportation and Warehousing
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
44%
44%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
21%
21%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
5%
5%
Vacancy Rate
1%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Motor Dealers’ Association of Alberta website: mdaalberta.com

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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