Autobody Repair - 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 $5,500. For the second year, the costs are considerably less. In addition, the total cost for textbooks, safety shoes, 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 student's homeowner's insurance.

Some of the required supply items that students accepted into the autobody repair program need to furnish are not on the equipment lists. These items, such as welding rods, body fillers, and sand paper, etc., must be of a particular type and should not be purchased prior to arrival on campus. After arriving on campus, students will receive information about the identification and purchase/attainment of these items from individual course instructors. Approximate cost for the school year will be $200*.

Students are required to have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle that can be used to perform lab practices on. Some students practice on the vehicles that they drive every day, while others 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 parking provided for these vehicles.

Project vehicle requirements: since the purpose of the vehicle is to provide as much real-life, hands-on experience as possible, the vehicle should be a relatively common vehicle (e.g., Ford, GM, or Chrysler). Each student has a required list of lab projects that need to be completed throughout each course. Usually (not always) the healthier and more common the project vehicle is, the easier and more beneficial it is to complete the lab projects. A newer vehicle will enable the student to get hands-on experience on later technology. The following is a list of reasons the project vehicle should be relatively healthy and common:

  • Reference material is usually more accurate and readily available for common vehicles.
  • Sometimes special tools are required to complete the lab projects that are more readily available for common vehicles.
  • Many of the lab projects require that the vehicle run and/or be drivable to complete them. Example: the cylinder evaluation requirement/lab project used in one of the labs requires the student do a compression test on an engine. It would not be possible to do that lab project on a vehicle if the starter did not function properly.
  • Power windows and locks are highly recommended.

Ample parking is allowed on campus for registered student vehicles. Parking lots are maintained and patrolled by University Police staff. Student dead lots are not maintained or patrolled by University Police. Student parking permits are available through the University Police Office at registration or in the Student Services Office on the Wellsville Campus after registration.

If you have any questions, you may 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.

Autobody Repair Freshman Equipment List

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

1/4" Square Drive Socket Set

  1. Six-point sockets (3/16 - 9/16")
  2. Reversible ratchet
  3. 3" extension
  4. 6" extension
  5. Six-point sockets metric (4mm - 15mm)

3/8" Square Drive Socket Set

  1. Sockets (3/8 - 3/4")
  2. Six-point deep well sockets (3/8 - 3/4")
  3. 3" extension
  4. 6" extension
  5. 10" extension
  6. Reversible ratchet
  7. Impact universal joint
  8. 12 metric sockets (8mm - 19mm)
  9. 9 Torx sockets (T10 - T55, T60)

1/2" Square Drive Socket Set

  1. 13 sockets (3/8 - 1 1/8")
  2. 3" extension
  3. 6" extension
  4. 10" extension
  5. Reversible ratchet
  6. Impact universal joint
  7. 8mm - 24mm deep impact socket set

Miscellaneous Tools

  1. Allen wrench sets (standard & metric)
  2. Combination wrenches (3/8 - 1 1/8")
  3. Combination wrenches (8mm - 22mm)
  4. 5-piece punch and chisel set
  5. 3 flat screwdrivers - 4", 6", 8"
  6. 3 Phillips posi-drive screwdrivers - #1, #2, #3, #2 stubby
  7. 2 lb. heavy-duty hammer
  8. Inexpensive calculator
  9. Set of inverted Torx sockets
  10. Florescent drop light with 25' cord - 3 prong plug
  11. Blow gun with rubber tip and Aero male coupler (3804, G-2 or equivalent)
  12. 1 fender cover
  13. Channelock-type pliers (9" - 10")
  14. Needle nose pliers
  15. 2 10" curved jaw vise grips
  16. 4 9" C clamp vise grips
  17. 6m/20' tape (metric and fractional)
    NOTE: must have metric scale
  18. Set drill bits by 1/64 increments to 1/2"
  19. Diagonal pliers (side cutters)
  20. Safety shoes (steel-toe, no sneakers)
  21. Safety glasses (clear only)*
  22. Respirator (1/2 mask with 2 charcoal filters)
  23. 1 narrow brake spoon
  24. Return and hold down spring tools
  25. Tire pressure gauge
  26. Tire chuck with Aero male coupler (3804, G-2 or equivalent)
  27. Tire valve core remover
  28. Tire tread depth gauge (1/32")
  29. 6" brass or aluminum punch
  30. 3/8" drive hex socket set
  31. Tip cleaner (torch)
  32. Spark lighter
  33. Welding goggles (shade 5)
  34. High cuff welding gloves
  35. Welding kit*
  36. Vehicle powered test light
  37. Aluminum straight edge (3')
  38. Roll of black electrical tape*
  39. Small tube resin core solder*
  40. HVLP (high volume, low pressure) paint gun
  41. Welding helmet (shade 10)
  42. Body filler spreaders
  43. Body filler mixing board
  44. Rubber sanding block (3M)
  45. Soft sanding block (Motor Guard SB-1)
  46. D.A. 6" pad
  47. Air grinder 6" disc
  48. Body hammers and dolly set
  49. 12" long board
  50. Air or electric drill 1/2" chuck
  51. DVOM capable of measuring amperage
  52. 25' extension cord
  53. Soldering gun/soldering iron
  54. 1/2” Drive Torque Wrench (Max 250 pound)
  55. Power steering pulley installer & remover
  56. 4.5" Grinder and grinding wheels
  57. Automotive thermometer (dial type)

Tool Box - 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.

Shop Uniforms - 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.

All tools must meet O.S.H.A. standards where applicable. We urge purchase of good quality tools for durability and better quality work.

NOTE: Safety glasses must meet O.S.H.A. standards. Prescription glasses are okay if confirmed by a statement from your optometrist. Bring this statement at the start of school.

*These items are available at our campus bookstore.

Autobody Repair Senior Equipment List

Items on the following list are to be furnished by each senior (in addition to the freshman list of required tools). Please bring them with you when you begin classes. Tools are NOT available in the campus bookstore unless otherwise noted.

  1. ¼" air ratchet
  2. Air board sander
  3. 90 degree die grinder with 2" roloc arbor
  4. Door panel removal tools
  5. Body trim/molding removal tools
  6. Antenna removal tools
  7. GM door spring removal tool
  8. Swivel head rivet gun (up to 3/16")
  9. Spot weld cutter/drill kit
  10. Heat gun
  11. Metal reamers/carbide burrs
  12. Small paint block/paint nib file