Heavy Equipment, Truck and Diesel Technician - Student Equipment Listing

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 the student's homeowner's insurance.

Some instruction cannot be given on live vehicles, thus students who have been accepted into the heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician program will be required to furnish bench units. These units such as alternators, starters, and tandem master cylinders may be purchased at an approximate cost of $20-$200*. 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 heavy equipment, truck and diesel 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. Some students practice on the vehicles that they drive every day, while others purchase inexpensive project vehicles (approximately $500 to $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 at registration or in the Student Services Office on the Wellsville Campus after registration.

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.

Heavy Equipment, Truck and Diesel 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 sets
  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 sets
  4. 3" extension
  5. 6" extension
  6. 10" extension
  7. Reversible ratchet
  8. Universal joint

1/2" Square Drive Socket Set

  1. 13 sockets (3/8 - 1 1/8")
  2. 10mm - 24mm shallow impact sockets
  3. 3" extension
  4. 6" extension
  5. 10" extension
  6. 24" flex handle
  7. Reversible ratchet
  8. Universal joint

Brakes & Suspension

  1. Narrow brake spoon
  2. Brake line double flare kit and ISO flare kit
  3. Tire gauge
  4. Tire valve core remover
  5. 6" brass or aluminum punch
  6. 3/8" torx socket set T15 - T55
  7. 1/2" drive torque wrench (max. 250 lb.)*
  8. 3/8" drive torque wrench (flex head, min. 5 lb.)
  9. Return and hold down spring tools

Welding & Preventive Maintenance

  1. Tip cleaner (torch)
  2. Welding goggles (shade 5)
  3. Spark lighter
  4. Tire tread depth gauge (1/32")
  5. Files: 1 round and 3 square files
  6. High cuff welding gloves
  7. Welder's helmet (shade 10 lens)
  8. One small roll of acid core solder

Electrical & Fuel Systems

  1. Set round feeler gauges
  2. 13/16" & 5/8 - 3/8" spark plug sockets
  3. 12-18" jumper wire (16 gauge minimum)
  4. Roll of black electrical tape***
  5. Small tube resin solder***
  6. 12v test light (Power Probe III recommended)
  7. Sparkplug gaper
  8. Ingnition Spark Tester

Miscellaneous Tools

  1. Allen wrench set (standard and metric)
  2. Combination wrenches (3/8 - 1")
  3. 5-piece punch and chisel set
  4. 8 - 22mm combination wrench set
  5. 3 screwdrivers - 4", 6", 8"
  6. 3 Phillips screwdrivers - #2 stubby, #2 regular, #1 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 1/2"
  17. Diagonal pliers (side cutters)
  18. Round inspection mirror
  19. Safety shoes (steel toes - no sneakers)
  20. Safety glasses (mirror items not allowed)***
  21. Dial indicator*
  22. Welding kit***
  23. Roll of shop towels
  24. Magnet with extendable rod (optional)
  25. DVOM with 10A and 320MA
  26. 1/2" Impact gun
  27. Soldering gun/soldering iron
  28. Small swivel oil filter wrench
  29. Large swivel oil filter wrench
  30. 25' extension cord
  31. Truck tire pressure gauge (0-150 PSI)
  32. Pick Set
  33. Hack Saw with blades
  34. Gasket Scraper
  35. Power steering pulley installer & remover
  36. 4.5" Grinder and grinding wheels
  37. Automotive thermometer (dial type)

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.

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 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. Prescription glasses are okay if confirmed by a statement from your optometrist. Bring this statement at the start of school.

*Preferred for Brakes & Suspension Course

***These items are available at our campus bookstore

Heavy Equipment, Truck and Diesel Technician 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 at the campus bookstore unless otherwise noted.

  1. Two (2) pairs of safety glasses
  2. One (1) pump-type oil can
  3. Set of E-Z Outs or screw extractors
  4. One (1) 3 lb. dead blow hammer
  5. One (1) ball peen hammer (32 oz. or larger)
  6. One (1) 50' flexible air hose with ends
  7. One (1) set of ear plugs or muffs (for ear protection)
  8. Box end/open end combination wrenches 1 1/8" to 1 1/4"
  9. Hand wire brush
  10. Lady Foot Pry Bars - One (1) 12" and one (1) 16"
  11. 3/8" drive 12 point 1/4" to 3/4" and 10 - 18mm
  12. Bearing race punch - 16" or longer
  13. Respirator or dust masks for clutch and brake work
  14. Bottle of white out**
  15. Pocket calculator**
  16. 24" 1/2" drive breaker bar
  17. 90 degree die grinder kit (2" roloc arbor)
  18. Flash light
  19. Slip lock pliers (18" - 24")
  20. Grease gun
  21. Snap ring pliers
  22. 4-piece long picks set
  23. Large brass punch
  24. 6" dial caliper (Measures inches and millimeters)

**NOTE: These may be purchased at the campus bookstore.

A laptop or tablet capable of wireless connection to the Internet is highly recommended.