If you like staying organized, developing expertise, working with people and participating in your customers’ successes, the Parts Technician Apprenticeship could be the perfect fit for your future.
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- All of our services to students remain available virtually.
- See the minimum technology requirements required to participate in online elements of this program.
- Visit our Student Awards and Financial Aid page for information about COVID-related supports and Lethbridge College's own emergency funding for students.
Becoming a master of parts management in any industry requires a special skillset that involves organization, customer service and material identification. Of course, hands-on experience is also vital. You’ll find all this and more in our Parts Technician – Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS) program.
Over three years, you’ll attend class just one day a week, usually from mid-day to early evening. The rest of the week? You’ll be getting hands-on, quality training on the job – and earning a paycheque while you do so. In the classroom, we’ll train you in the subjects that’ll advance your career like human relations and material identification. On the job, you’ll develop expertise in identifying and cataloguing parts, preparing statements, submitting bills and receiving payments.
When you finish your apprenticeship, you’ll have the knowledge of parts for the automotive sector, hardware supplies, machinery divisions and more, as well as the skills to be the go-to person for wholesale groups, retail businesses and warehouse distributors.
Find the career fit for you in the Parts Technician – WATS program. Apply today!
When you finish your apprenticeship training, you’ll be an expert in parts management. You’ll find employment in wholesale groups, retail businesses and warehouse distributors in positions such as:
- receiving clerk
- parts clerk
- parts department manager
- sales representative
- store manager
A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.
Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.
Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.
Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS) programs involve one day of training at Lethbridge College per week throughout the length of the program.
- Material identification and calculations
- Engines and related systems
- Material handling and storage
- Design and planning
- Human relations and industry network
- Electrical, autobody, agriculture and mobile industrial equipment
View the full course outline for the Parts Technician – WATS Apprenticeship.
- Successful completion of English 10-2 and Math 10-3, or a pass mark in all Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests, or entrance exam.
- English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20 and related career and technology studies recommended.
Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.
Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.
You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board
Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB T1J 4C7
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!
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Mix your education, employment and experience
Spend just one day a week here on campus gaining technical training vital to your career.
Many apprenticeships require you to be on campus and away from the job for periods of eight weeks at a time. But with the Weekly Apprenticeship Training System, you remain employed on a full-time basis. Just one day a week is spent here on campus gaining technical training vital to your career. It’s the right mix of education, employment and experience.
Our job is to equip you for yours
Investing in the workforce of tomorrow
A modern facility dedicated to training the next generation of service technicians.
Investing in the workforce of tomorrow
The Crooks School of Transportation resides within the first phase of the Technologies, Trades and Innovation Facility. This 41,317 square-foot building was made possible by Art and Mary Jane Crooks as well as the generosity and ongoing support of our industry partners. They have invested in the workforce of tomorrow – they have invested in you.
The Crooks School of Transportation features:
- 14 hoists in the automotive lab
- four agricultural and heavy equipment bays
- three dynamometers, or "dynos" for short (an engine dyno, a chassis dyno and a transmission dyno), which are devices used for measuring the power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating prime mover
- the Western Tractor Technology Lab, an advanced agricultural technology room supplied with industry-leading technology from Western Tractor
“As business people, we realize just how important the trades are,” said Art Crooks at the unveiling. “We know the ‘old gang’ is retiring and we need new people to take their place. The purely academic stream has been overemphasized and students are not always encouraged to enter a trade, yet they provide professional and rewarding careers in which skilled people can make a good living. When we moved here, we became much more aware of the work being done by Lethbridge College in trades education. We hope our gift helps keep students in Lethbridge and makes training at Lethbridge College as accessible as possible.”
An industry in need of skilled workers
A cultural shift towards university education and bachelor’s degrees has meant there are fewer and fewer skilled workers to take over for an aging population. Regardless of the economy, trades are an essential component of any society. Check out the Canadian Government’s job market profile as well as Alberta’s occupational profile for a look at your prospects as a parts technician.
From here to there: alumni updates
Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.
“After receiving my Journeyman certificate of completion, I went on to work with Mercedes-Benz and Toyota. During my automotive dealership experience I sat on the Lethbridge College Parts Technician advisory committees. I enjoyed the training and mentoring of young apprentices so much that I now work for the Alberta Government as an apprentice and trades consultant. The passion I have for the trades all started during the time I spent as a student at the Lethbridge College. For that I would like to say thank you to all past and present college staff.”
– From Winter 2015 Wider Horizons
“I received my Journeyman Parts Technician after completing my studies at the college,” Kerri told the alumni office. “I was working at Cervus Equipment on contract as a parts technician when I got offered the position of warranty administrator at Dunlop Western Star. Even though I’m not working as a parts person any longer, I love my job at Dunlop Western Star and work with a great bunch of people.”
– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons