At a glance

In today's mechanized world, equipment often wears out, breaks down or becomes damaged. A Partsperson manages and sells an inventory of parts for vehicles, appliances, machinery and equipment. Making available the parts needed to repair or replace these items is an important aspect of the service provided by retail stores, agencies and to-the-trade outlets such as repair shops and parts stores.

Depending on the type and size of outlet you work in as a Partsperson, you can expect to do some or most of the following jobs:

  • Receive orders for parts and ensure orders are accurately filled
  • Set up and use a parts storage system to receive ordered parts
  • Price parts according to a price catalogue
  • Provide assistance to those looking for parts
  • Sell parts over the counter to tradespeople or the general public
  • Order parts and keep track of inventory

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: and Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook)

  • Dealerships
  • Parts shops
  • Retail stores
  • Service shops
  • Tool cribs
  • Parts distribution outlets
  • Warehouses
  • Outside yards (large machine parts)

Other conditions: standing, reaching, kneeling, and lifting, may need steel-toed shoes and other safety equipment, may work evenings and weekends (retail), may work indoors or outdoors (outside yards)

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a Partsperson could be the occupation for you!

  • Do you have an interest in fixing things?
  • Do you enjoy helping others solve practical problems related to repairs?
  • Can you be precise and accurate in your work?
  • Are you a good communicator?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Partsperson.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$29, 400 - $48, 048

Minimum/ Average for Partsperson


Minimum wage - $30/ hour

Entry level: Minimum wage - $14/ hour

Senior Level: $30/ hour and up

Annual: $20, 000 - $60, 000 (average)

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit


Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit


Program Length (Minimum Years)

3 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours L3: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 8 weeks Y2: 8 weeks Y3: 6 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

8, 100 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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