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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)$25,000 - $72,100

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.

 

$5,250

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Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
COAP 194
Inventory Software
1
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You will become familiar with the programs used by Parts Department computer systems.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 194CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Work Based Delivery
COMM 127
Fundamental Communication Skills
2
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You will use fundamental employability skills related to obtaining and keeping a job. You will apply skills to work effectively with others and produce job-related documents. You will identify employability and practical skills to prepare effective job search materials and discuss the effect of attitudes and behaviours on a successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 127CE, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
MATE 190
Materials Handling and Equipment
3
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You will study typical practices and procedures for material movement in a warehouse or parts distribution facility. You will focus on design, space usage, equipment requirements, and the theory and practical operations on a variety of mobile powered equipment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATE 190CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
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
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 189CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Work Based Delivery
PART 191
Introduction to the Parts and Warehousing Trades
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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 191CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 192CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 193CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, 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: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PART 194CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Work Based Delivery
PART 195
Electrical Parts 1
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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 195CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 196CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 197CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 198CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
PART 199
Inventory Audit
2
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You will learn the requirements and procedures for doing an inventory count.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PART 199CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 287CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
PART 288
Engine Parts 1
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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 288CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 289CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 291CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 292CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 293CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
PART 294
Automotive and Truck Wholegoods
2
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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: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PART 249CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
PART 295
Electrical Parts 2
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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 295CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
PART 296
Agricultural and Industrial Wholegoods
2
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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: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PART 296CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
PART 298
Engine Parts 2
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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 298CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, 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
Equivalent Course(s): PART 299CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Work Based Delivery
WORK 198
Work Experience
0
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This course will cover the practices and procedures for material movement in a warehouse or parts distribution facility with focus on theory and practical operations of various material handling equipment movement of material efficiently within the design and spatial requirements of the facility.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): WORK 198CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

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.


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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