In addition to the regular college expenses, students entering the autobody curriculum should be prepared for additional expenses required for classroom and lab exercises. Tools and a tool box are required and the cost varies vastly depending on brand and place of purchase, but the typical range is between $2,000 and $5,500. In addition, the total cost for textbooks, personal protective equipment such as safety shoes, safety glass, fire resistant jacket, uniforms, etc. is about $1800 for the two-year period. All tools and equipment should be insured and are often covered by the parents' or 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 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. 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, or Chrysler 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 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.
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.
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, unless noted otherwise.
1/4" Square Drive Socket Set
3/8" Square Drive Socket Set
1/2" Square Drive Socket Set
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.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Shop Uniforms - Safety shoes (steel toes - no sneakers), safety glasses with Z87 approved side shields, flame resistant welding jacket, respirator 3M part number 6900 full-face mask, welding goggles (shade 5), high-cuff welding gloves, welding 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.
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 and must have Z87 approved side shields. Bring this statement at the start of school.
**These items are available at our campus bookstore.