Automotive Service Technician Student Equipment Lists

In addition to the regular college expenses, students entering the automotive trades programs must possess hand tools and uniforms. The cost of the required tools and tool box for the freshman year varies vastly depending on brand and place of purchase, but the typical range is between $2,000 and $6,000. In addition, the total cost for textbooks, personal protective equipment such as safety shoes, safety glasses, fire resistant jacket and uniforms is about $1,800 for the two-year period. It is recommended that all tools and equipment be insured under the parents’ or the student’s homeowner’s insurance. Please verify coverage with your insurer.

A laptop or tablet computer capable of wireless connection to the Internet is required. Shop online.

Some of the necessary lab instruction will need to be performed on components/"bench units" that may be damaged beyond practical repair during the lab practice. Therefore, it is recommended that the components be acquired from salvage vehicles. These components include alternators, starters, and tandem master cylinders that can be purchased at an approximate cost of $20-$120*. Students will receive information about the identification and purchase/attainment of bench units from individual course instructors after arriving on campus.

Some of the required supply items that students accepted into the automotive service technician program need to furnish are not on the equipment lists. These items, such as welding rods, brake fluid, oils, etc. must be of a particular type and should not be purchased prior to arrival on campus. Again, after arriving on campus, students will receive information about the identification and purchase/attainment from individual course instructors at an approximate cost of $150* for the school year.

Students are required to have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle that can be used to perform lab practices on. Since the purpose of the vehicle Is to provide as much real-life, hands-on experience as possible, the vehicle should be relatively common (e.g., Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota as opposed to Ferrari, Fiat, or Lotus), in good running order and a later model year for the following reasons:

• Reference material is usually more accurate and readily available for common vehicles.

• The possibility of us being able to provide the special tools that are sometimes required to complete the lab projects is more likely for common vehicles.

• Many of the lab projects require that the vehicle run and/or be drivable to complete them.

A vehicle with power windows and locks are highly recommended. Due to limited lab space, large vehicles such as limousines and quad-cab, long-box trucks, may be prohibited from the labs at the discretion of the instructor.

Some students do their required lab practice on the vehicles they drive every day, while other purchase inexpensive project vehicles (approximately $500 - $1,500) to do their required lab projects on. It is not necessary that the vehicle be licensed or insured and there is ample parking provided for these vehicles.

If you have any questions, please contact the Automotive Trades Department, at 607-587-3117 or the Student Services Office at 607-587-3111.

*All costs calculated from a poll of current students.

Automotive Service Technician Freshman Equipment List

The following items are to be furnished by each freshman. Please bring them with you when you begin classes. Tools are NOT available at the campus bookstore unless otherwise noted.

1/4" Square Drive Socket Set

  1. Six-point sockets (3/16 - 9/16")
  2. 4 - 14mm shallow and deep well socket set
  3. Reversible ratchet
  4. 3" extension
  5. 6" extension

3/8" Square Drive Socket Set

  1. Sockets (3/8 - 3/4")
  2. Six-point deep well sockets (3/8 - 3/4")
  3. 8mm - 19mm shallow and deep well socket set
  4. 3" extension
  5. 6" extension
  6. 10" extension
  7. Reversible ratchet
  8. Universal joint

1/2" Square Drive Socket Set

  1. 10mm - 24mm short and deep impact sockets
  2. 3" extension
  3. 6" extension
  4. 10" extension
  5. 24" flex handle
  6. Reversible ratchet
  7. Universal joint
  8. Impact universal joint

Brakes & Suspension

  1. Narrow brake spoon
  2. Tire gauge
  3. Tire valve core remover
  4. 6" brass or aluminum punch
  5. 3/8" torx socket set T15 - T60
  6. ½" drive torque wrench (max. 250 lb.)**
  7. 3/8" drive torque wrench (flex head, min. 5 lb.)
  8. Return and hold down spring tools
  9. Brake line double flare kit (and ISO/bubble flare kit)

Welding & Preventive Maintenance

  1. Tip cleaner (torch)
  2. Spark lighter
  3. Tire tread depth gauge (1/32")
  4. Files: 1 round and 3 square files
  5. Welding kit***

Electrical & Fuel Systems

  1. 13/16" & 5/8 spark plug sockets
  2. 12-18" jumper wire (16 gauge minimum)
  3. Roll of black electrical tape***
  4. Small tube resin solder***
  5. 12v test light (Power Probe III preferred)
  6. Sparkplug gaper
  7. Fuel pressure test kit
  8. DVOM capable of measuring amperage
  9. Combination stripper/crimper pliers
  10. Ignition Spark Tester

Miscellaneous Tools

  1. Allen wrench sets (standard and metric)
  2. Combination wrenches (3/8 - 1")
  3. 5-piece punch and chisel set
  4. 8mm - 22mm combination wrench set
  5. 3 flat screwdrivers - 4", 6", 8"
  6. 4 Phillips screwdrivers - #2 stubby, #2 regular, #1 regular, #3 regular
  7. 1 1/2 lb. or heavier ball peen hammer
  8. Fluorescent drop light with 25' cord - 3 prong plug
  9. Blow gun with rubber tip and male coupler (NAPA 90-618, or equivalent)
  10. Tire chuck with male coupler (NAPA 90-618, or equivalent)
  11. 1 fender cover
  12. Slip lock-type pliers (5-6 positions)
  13. Needle nose pliers
  14. 10" vise grips
  15. 12' measuring tape
  16. Set drill bits by 1/64 increments to ½"
  17. Diagonal pliers (side cutters)
  18. Telescoping inspection mirror
  19. Dial indicator and holding fixture (flex arm type preferred)
  20. 3-piece pry bar set (max 36")**
  21. Roll of shop towels
  22. Magnet with extendable rod
  23. ½" Impact gun
  24. Soldering gun/soldering iron
  25. 1 box of Nitrile disposable gloves
  26. Gasket scraper
  27. Razor scraper
  28. Hack saw and blades
  29. Small swivel oil filter wrench
  30. Large swivel oil filter wrench
  31. 25' extension cord
  32. Hand operated vacuum pump
  33. Needle nose vice grips
  34. 1/2” drive to 3/8” drive (reducer) adapter
  35. Power steering pulley installer & remover
  36. Compression gauge
  37. 4.5" Grinder and grinding wheels
  38. Pick set
  39. Automotive thermometer (dial type)
  40. Long handled 1/2" drive ratchet
  41. Axle nut sockets
  42. 90 degree die grinder kit

**Preferred for Brakes & Suspension Course

***These items are available at our Campus Store.

All tools must meet OSHA standards. Prescription glasses are okay if confirmed by a statement from your optometrist must have Z87 approved side shields. Bring this statement at the start of school.

Tool Box(es) - Bottom roll cab must have a lock. You may add a lockable top cabinet to the roll cab. Roller Cabinet must not exceed 55 inches long by 25 inches wide.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Shop Uniforms - Safety shoes (steel toes - no sneakers), safety glasses with Z87 approved side shields, flame resistant welding jacket, welding goggles (shade 5), high-cuff welding gloves, welder's helmet (shade 10). Uniform shirts MUST BE ordered from the Wellsville Campus Bookstore. You may place your order online, by phone 607-587-4020, or email. Uniform work pants are to be black in color (example - Dickie brand) and five (5) pair are recommended (minimum requirement of three pair). These are not available at the campus bookstore but can be purchased at most retail stores (i.e., Wal-Mart, K-mart, Sears, JC Penney).

Books: $350 plus tax per semester - you may visit the Wellsville Campus bookstore's website for prices and ISBN numbers.

Automotive Service Technician Senior Equipment List

Items on the following list are to be furnished by each senior (in addition to the freshman list of required PPE, uniforms, tools and laptop/tablet). Please bring them with you when you begin classes. Tools are NOT available at the campus bookstore.

  1. Infrared temp gun
  2. 32 oz. dead blow hammer
  3. Quick disconnects tools (A/C, Fuel, Trans., Engine oil cooler lines)
  4. 3/8" drive twist design nut/bolt remover set
  5. Pickle fork style, suspension component separator
  6. Vacuum gauge
  7. Constant tension clamp pliers (hose clamp pliers)
  8. Serpentine belt removal tool
  9. 3/8" drive crow's feet wrenches 6 pt. (metric sizes 9 - 18 mm)
  10. Axle socket set 29 - 38mm six point
  11. Creeper
  12. Internal/external snap ring plier set
  13. 3-piece (minimum) door panel removal tool set
  14. Harmonic Balancer/Steering wheel puller kit
  15. Carbide top marking scribe (Amazon about $6)
  16. Inverted torx socket set

All tools must meet OSHA standards where applicable.

We urge the purchase of good quality tools for durability and better quality work.