Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The term of apprenticeship for parts technicians (parts/materials) is 3 years (three12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 6–8 weeks of technical training each year (depending on the period).
Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.
The first period of technical training is 6 weeks in length and common to both specializations. Apprentices are trained in safety skills and procedures, materials handling and storage, material identification, calculations and communication.
Parts technicians – The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in engines and related systems, power train, steering and suspension, brakes, electrical, auto body, and agriculture and mobile industrial equipment.
Materials technicians – The second period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in materials handling and storage, material identification and tool cribs, as well as warehouse business operations and transportation and traffic.
The third period of technical training is 6 weeks in length and common to both specializations. Apprentices are trained in inventory, procurement, design and planning, business management, human relations and advisory network.