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Parts & Materials Technician Certificate

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
Parts and Materials Technicians are in high demand in north and central Alberta and this program is designed to provide the entry level technician an advantage in securing employment. Graduates of this program 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, and electrical. 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. Student will learn to order parts and keep inventories, receive and store supplies in an organized system, update price lists and catalogues, 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. Students will learn to prepare, generate, pack, and ship orders; process orders; operate electronic material identification tools and schedules; and purchasing, warehousing and inventory control skills.

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10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 4C4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

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.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated November 07, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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