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Parts Salespersons

Sell spare and replacement parts and equipment in repair shop or parts store.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Receive and fill telephone orders for parts.
    • Fill customer orders from stock, and place orders when requested items are out of stock.
    • Read catalogs, microfiche viewers, or computer displays to determine replacement part stock numbers and prices.
    • Receive payment or obtain credit authorization.
    • Prepare sales slips or sales contracts.
    • Determine replacement parts required, according to inspections of old parts, customer requests, or customers' descriptions of malfunctions.
    • Assist customers, such as responding to customer complaints and updating them about back-ordered parts.
    • Locate and label parts, and maintain inventory of stock.
    • Mark and store parts in stockrooms, according to prearranged systems.
    • Pick up and deliver parts.
    • Discuss use and features of various parts, based on knowledge of machines or equipment.
    • Examine returned parts for defects, and exchange defective parts or refund money.
    • Manage shipments by researching shipping methods or costs and tracking packages.
    • Maintain and clean work and inventory areas.
    • Advise customers on substitution or modification of parts when identical replacements are not available.
    • Place new merchandise on display.
    • Demonstrate equipment to customers, and explain functioning of equipment.
    • Measure parts, using precision measuring instruments, to determine whether similar parts may be machined to required sizes.
    • Repair parts or equipment.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 10,430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,230

    Typical Education


    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Initiative


    • Microfiche or microfilm viewers
    • Laser printers
    • Forklifts
    • Digital cameras
    • Cash registers


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