The formation of collisionless shock fronts is an ubiquitous phenomenon in space plasma environments. In the solar wind shocks might accompany coronal mass ejections, while even more violent events, such as supernovae, produce shock fronts traveling at relativistic speeds. While the basic concepts of shock formation and particle acceleration in their vicinity are known, many details on a micro-physical scope are still under discussion. In recent years the hybrid kinetic simulation approach has allowed to study the dynamics and acceleration of protons and heavier ions in great detail. However, Particle-in-Cell codes allow to study the process including also electron dynamics and the radiation pressure. Additionally a further numerical method allows for crosschecking results. We therefore investigate shock formation and particle acceleration with a fully kinetic particle-in-cell code. Besides electrons and protons we also include helium and carbon ions in our simulations of a quasi-parallel shock. We are able to reproduce characteristic features of the energy spectra of the particles, such as the temperature ratios of the different ion species in the downstream which scale with the ratio of particle mass to charge. We also find that approximately 12-15% of the energy of the unperturbed upstream is transferred to the accelerated particles escaping the shock.