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Industrial Engines and Equipment Partsperson


From boats and front-end loaders to backhoes and cement trucks an industrial engine and equipment partsperson (or parts clerk) can help you find the right part for all sorts of industrial equipment and vehicles. They are interested in machinery and are able to communicate with customers regarding the purchase or ordering of parts. Industrial engine and equipment parts clerks have good organizational skills and the ability to properly order, store and dispense all types of parts. They need to have a knowledge of replacement parts for internal combustion engines, heavy duty, marine and industrial equipment including varieties of on and off highway trucks and equipment as well as marine power and drive components.

Industrial parts clerks are usually found in warehouses where it is often dusty and can be hot in the summer and cold in the winter. They may be required to wear gloves, hard hats and steel-toed boots while working in the shop. These workers generally work 40 hours per week. They also tend to work shifts either mornings, evenings or overnights Monday through Sunday.

Recent advances in technology, including computerized inventory controls and wireless tracking devices, have allowed business to expand their services. This means, workers who are comfortable with computers and have some technical knowledge, will have an advantage entering this trade.
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San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.

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  Interests and Skills  
Industrial engine and equipment parts clerks have a general interest in parts and mechanics. They are also interested in advising customers about the parts required. These workers need a good grasp of numbers to estimate and quote prices, trade-in allowances, warranties and delivery dates for customers. Industrial equipment parts clerks are also able to prepare sales contracts, and perform typical sales duties such as accepting cash, checks and automatic debit payments.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Greet customers and discuss the type, quality and quantity of merchandise sought for purchase or rental
  • Advise customers on use and care of merchandise
  • Estimate or quote prices, credit terms, trade-in allowances, warranties and delivery dates
  • Prepare merchandise for purchase or rental
  • Prepare sales contracts and accept cash, check, credit card or automatic debit payment
  • Prepare merchandise for purchase and rental, and assist in the display of merchandise
  • Use a computerized inventory system to maintain track of stock, ordering, parts and customer details
  • An industrial engine and equipment parts person will generally work an eight-hour shift during the mornings, afternoons, or nights. Their day will be spent ordering stock, advising customers on the parts they may require, preparing estimates and stocking and displaying merchandise. These workers are responsible for keeping up-to-date with the changing equipment and also the technology. The use of computerized inventory systems is becoming common in this job and workers will require some technical knowledge and familiarity with computers.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Industrial engines and equipment parts clerks are employed by a variety of companies and warehouses and equipment manufacturers.

  Long Term Career Potential  
These workers could move into warehouse supervisory positions, management positions or become product representatives with experience.

  Educational Paths  
Industrial engines and equipment partspersons receive their training either through informal, on-the-job training or through an apprenticeship program. Trade certification can be obtained either through an apprenticeship program or after several years of work experience. While trade certification is not mandatory in all areas to become an industrial engines and equipment partsperson, it can be a requirement for many employers and can also help secure employment.

Apprenticeship programs involve a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. A pre-apprenticeship course may also be available which takes about five to six months to complete at a community college and is designed to help you get connected with a good company to apprentice with. It is important to apprentice with a reputable company as that is your education. While some apprenticeship programs may not require a high school diploma, it is important to note that employers generally prefer to hire high school graduates.

Apprenticeships can vary, however a typical apprenticeship lasts four to five years. The apprenticeship is a paid position, however wages are about 50 percent of what an employer pays the journeyperson, with yearly increases. After successfully completing the apprenticeship requirements, their industry training and apprenticeship office awards the industrial engines and equipment partsperson a certificate of completion.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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