Purchasing Agent apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Purchasing Agent

Purchasing Agent apprenticeship

DOT code: 162.157-038, AIMS code: 0948

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Coordinates activities involved with procuring goods and services, such as raw materials, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, and advertising, for establishment: Reviews requisitions. Confers with vendors to obtain product or service information, such as price, availability, and delivery schedule. Selects products for purchase by testing, observing, or examining items. Estimates values according to knowledge of market price. Determines method of procurement, such as direct purchase or bid. Prepares purchase orders or bid requests. Reviews bid proposals and negotiates contracts within budgetary limitations and scope of authority. Maintains manual or computerized procurement records, such as items or services purchased, costs, delivery, product quality or performance, and inventories. Discusses defective or unacceptable goods or services with inspection or quality control personnel, users, vendors, and others to determine source of trouble and take corrective action. May approve invoices for payment.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Purchasing: raw materials, machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, services. 2000
B. Interviews vendors to obtain: prices - discounts, information concerning product, capability of vendor to produce services and/or product, delivery date. 600
C. Purchasing by testing, observing, examining. 600
D. Knowledge of market prices: quantity discounts. 400
E. Reviews bid proposals from Vendors 400
F. Enters Contract: knowledge of essentials of contract law, knowledge of warranties and product liability, commercial arbitration. 600
G. Receiving orders/requisitions: verifies quantity and quantity of merchandise and/or stock received, proper storage facilities. 1000
H. Quality control: determines defects of purchased goods (with inspection personnel), determines source of trouble, takes corrective action. 800
I. Recordkeeping: evaluation of vendor, delivery, cost, items purchased. 1000
J. Authorized payment of Invoices: discounts, authorized payment of invoices, authorized return of merchandise, credit purchases. 600
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 8,000

Related technical instruction
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

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