Parts specialists frequently oversees a parts department, where equipment and materials are sold. Typical employers of parts specialists are automotive care centers and dealerships, as well as equipment sales and rental businesses. Companies that provide equipment and supplies to commercial industries (such as restaurants) also typically hire parts specialists.
Most of the time, a parts specialist oversees inventory and maintenance of parts for sale or rental. The specialist conducts regular inventories and maintains part lists, carefully noting sales trends and adjusting inventory as needed. Companies hiring parts specialists typically also give them purchasing authority. In some companies, the parts specialist must also assume a sales representative role. He or she answers customer inquiries about various equipment and machine parts, as well as if that equipment would meet clients' needs. Parts specialists typically work in a warehouse or machine shop environment, but they may also spend time in a sales area as well. Specialists typically work during regular business hours.
Parts specialists must have a wide knowledge of the parts and equipment they oversee; this typically requires practical experience with the specific industry to which the tools and parts are tailored. Additionally, if a specialist’s role involves purchasing, employers typically prefer specialists supervisory or managerial experience. The education required for this position may range from vocational school certification to associate’s degrees or higher.
Parts Specialist Tasks
Monitor and verify the delivery of parts, and conduct an inspection to ensure quality.
Maintain documentation of requisitions and records of inventory.
Purchase equipment parts or supplies in order to maintain stock levels.