Automotive Parts Person

Parts Technician Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade Trade Code 240P
NOC 1472


  • Receive and sort incoming parts and supplies
  • Reconcile calculated inventory with physical counts
  • Prepare, maintain and update purchasing files, reports and price lists
  • Store items in an orderly and accessible manner in a warehouse, tool room, parts room, or other area
  • Process incoming requisitions and issue or distribute parts and supplies for internal usage
  • Maintain records of orders and the amount, kind and location of parts supplies on hand using manual or computerized inventory system
  • Prepare requisition orders to replenish parts and supplies
  • Provide customer support service and merchandising by selling spare and replacement parts for motor vehicles, machinery and equipment in a retail setting in person, over the telephone or Internet
  • Advise retail customers or internal users on appropriateness of parts, supplies or materials requested
  • Manage and process returns

Personal Qualities

  • You are computer literate and enjoy working with computerized equipment
  • You pay close attention to detail
  • You enjoy working indoors
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time and are able to bend down and reach up frequently
  • You will have to lift and carry parts of various sizes and weights
  • You are not bothered by standing on concrete all day
  • You like working independently or as a member of a team to provide service both in-house and to the public
  • Review to the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • A partsperson may work for motor vehicle parts manufacturers, motor vehicle manufacturers, motive power repair shops and retail parts establishments
  • A partsperson will generally work in a warehouse, tool room or parts room, and if in a retail environment, may work behind a counter and serve the public

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5,460 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Information not available at this time, contact Employment Ontario at 905 837-7721 or 1-800-461-4608

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices start according to individual company rates and progress along the company’s wage scale over time
  • Wages 1 range from $9.15 to $28.10 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the pay scale

Prospects For Employment

  • Employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2009 2
  • Most journeypersons work full time, however a sizeable percentage work part time

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Employers who employ first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
  • Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction