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Parts Management Technician

Certificate

Program Overview

Parts management technicians make sure the right parts are available in the right place at the right time. You have to like variety, be good at organizing things, be able to handle large volumes of information, and have good people and computer skills.

The Parts Management Technician program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic provides the skills you need to work in wholesale distribution centres and in automotive, truck, agricultural, industrial equipment and recreational equipment dealerships.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's one-year Parts Management Technician certificate program is offered on campus in Saskatoon. The entire program is also offered online through distance learning. Combining classroom theory with practical assignments and labs, you’ll learn how to serve different customers, dispense parts and sell related goods. You’ll get practical training in:

  • all types of parts
  • maintaining a clean, orderly display and storage area
  • maintaining pre-determined inventory levels
  • parts applications and locations
  • parts purchasing and storage
  • using a computerized inventory control system
  • using parts manuals, catalogues, and electronic catalogues

Get Advanced Apprenticeship Standing

Use your Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate to get advanced standing as an apprentice in the Partsperson trade. Getting your journeyperson’s ticket will increase your earning potential and open the door to opportunities in marketing and management. First, you’ll need to get a job in the trade and register as an apprentice. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s certificate program, you’ll be ready to work as a parts or warehouse person in automotive, truck, agricultural, industrial or recreational dealerships, in wholesale distribution centres and for industrial suppliers. There are jobs at mine sites, mills, warehouses, government departments, hospitals, even the armed forces. You could also work as a service writer, inventory control clerk, purchasing clerk, shipper and receiver.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
"Inventory Control Specialist, Merchandising and Sales"Storekeepers and Parts Clerks (1472)$24,200 - $44,800

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 30 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 65 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 60 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

On-campus program - $5,800
Distance program - $6,000

International Students

Saskatoon

Year 1 (32 weeks) - $13,400 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
BUS 180
General Business
2
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You will receive a broad overview of Canadian business. You will study the free-enterprise system, forms of business ownership, small business management, franchising, the production and marketing of goods and services, and financial management.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery
COAP 194
Inventory Software
2
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You will become familiar with the programs used by Parts Department computer systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
COMM 127
Industry Communications
2
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You will practice fundamental employability skills related to oral and written communications. You will also practice employability skills related to working effectively with others. You will learn personal employability skills and the effect of attitudes and behaviours on successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery
COMP 170
Basic Computer Operation
1
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You will be introduced to the basics of computer concepts. Topics you will study include computer components, hardware and software, working in a graphical user interface, file management, word processing and the Internet. The general skills you learn in this course will prepare you for further courses such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentation graphics.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 342, COMP 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Online - Individual, Independent Study, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery
COMP 171
Introduction to Microsoft Word
1
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Your studies will introduce you to basic word processing skills such as creating, editing and formatting documents, building tables, using templates and applying styles.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): CKEY 187, COAP 196, COAP 343, COMP 120, COMP 154
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
COMP 174
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1
1
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You will study the basic features of Excel. You will learn to create workbooks, format spreadsheet elements, manipulate multiple worksheets, create simple charts and use simple formulas and functions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 117, COAP 138, COAP 197, COAP 344, COMP 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
GRPH 184
Graphics
3
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You will learn the proper method of letter and number formation. You will also learn and put into practical use the methods of merchandising, advertising and product display that lead to impulse buying.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
MATE 185
Materials Handling Procedures
1
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You will learn typical practices and procedures for material movement in a warehouse or parts distribution facility. You will focus on design, space usage, and equipment requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
MATE 186
Materials Handling and Equipment
1
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Your studies meet Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) requirements for safety training required to operate mobile powered equipment. You will learn theory and practical operations on a variety of mobile powered equipment.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
MEAS 182
Applied Trade Measurement
1
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You will learn the necessary skills to calculate, convert, and apply common trade measurements on the job.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 119, MATH 125, MATH 187, MATH 188, MATH 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory
MGMT 189
Managerial Skills
2
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You will focus on the goals, functions and roles of management. You will focus on team building, leadership, and management principles. You will identify essential and employability skills that will enable success in the workplace.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 191
Trade Introduction and Safety
2
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You will study the history of the program and the reason for trained parts people in the industry, examining the different types of dealership and aftermarket parts distribution networks. OH&S, personal and shop safety, fire safety and worksafe policies and procedures will be covered.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 192
Tools and Measuring
2
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You will learn how to identify and use hand tools, power tools and measuring equipment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 193
Engine Systems 1
2
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Your studies will focus on the components of all the systems that are associated with the engine (including fuel, emissions and lubrication systems).
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
PART 194
Parts Information Systems
2
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You will learn the different methods of locating and identifying components. These include printed materials, microfiche and computer technology.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 195
Basic Electrical Parts
2
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You will study the fundamentals of electricity and learn how to identify the components of circuits found on a vehicle.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 196
Parts Facilities
2
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You will learn how to set up and/or organize a parts area. The course covers building design, storage areas and binning systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 197
Parts Documentation
2
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You will become familiar with the various transactions that occur in a parts department. This includes point-of-sale documentation and forms used for other functions.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 198
Parts Warehousing
3
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Your studies will cover the history of warehousing, transportation systems, shipping and receiving and transportation of various products.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study
PART 199
Inventory Audit
1
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You will learn the requirements and procedures for doing an inventory count.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 287
Hydraulic Parts
2
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You will study the principles of hydraulics and learn how to operate and identify components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
PART 288
Basic Engine Parts
2
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Your studies will examine engine classifications and design. You will focus on identifying engine components and their function.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 289
Vehicle System Parts
2
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Your studies will cover suspension, steering and braking systems. You will focus on the principles of these systems as well as the components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
PART 291
Drivetrain Components
2
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You will study transmissions, differentials, final drives, clutches and converters, as well as drive lines. You will focus on the function of the parts and replacement parts available.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 292
Standard Inventory
2
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Your studies will focus on parts and products that are common to all types of parts operations. It will include fasteners, fittings, bearings, seals, belts, chains, couplers and clutches. You will focus on the function and the replacement of these high-activity parts and products.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 293
Engine Systems 2
2
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You will study engine heating and cooling systems, air conditioning and lubricating systems. You will focus on the high-activity parts and the function of the components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
PART 294
Automotive and Truck Wholegoods
3
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Your studies will focus on the areas that are common to the automotive, light truck, and heavy truck components of the parts industry. You will focus on body design, chassis components, operator features, and safety systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
PART 295
Advanced Electrical Parts
2
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You will study the internal components of the starting, ignition, lighting, horn and accessories system circuits. You will focus on the function of the components as well as the replacement parts.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PART 195
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
PART 296
Agricultural and Industrial Wholegoods
3
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You will learn about the equipment used in agricultural and industrial applications. You will focus on basic operation with special attention to the fast-wearing parts.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
PART 298
Advanced Engine Parts
2
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You will study the function of all engine components and failure analysis.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PART 288
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
PART 299
Inventory Control
2
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You will learn the management tools and control systems used to manage inventory.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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