Partspersons order, stock and dispense parts and assemblies to the mechanical, service and agricultural industries.

What do Partspersons do?

  • Receive and sort incoming parts and supplies.
  • Store items in an orderly and accessible manner in a warehouse, tool room, supply room or other area.
  • Process incoming requisitions and issue or distribute parts and supplies for internal usage.
  • Maintain records of orders and the amount, kind and location of parts and supplies on hand using manual or computerized inventory system.
  • Prepare requisition orders to replenish parts and supplies.
  • Sell spare and replacement parts for motor vehicles, machinery and equipment in a retail setting.
  • Advise retail customers or internal users on appropriateness of parts, supplies or materials.

As with all trades, safety is important to partspersons. Hazards that are present in a warehouse environment include operating large equipment such as forklifts and handling hazardous materials. Key attributes for people entering this trade are: excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, computer application skills, problem solving skills, mathematical skills, manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude. Physical considerations for this occupation include considerable amount of time standing, walking and lifting. This trade appeals to service-oriented people. This career offers stable employment not highly affected by seasonal employment trends.

Experienced partspersons may advance to other positions such as sales representative, purchasing representative, parts department manager, store manager or store owner.

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