Automotive Service Technician Student Equipment Lists

  • In addition to regular college expenses, items listed below are also required upon entering the program
  • It is recommended that tools and equipment be insured under  homeowners insurance policy
  • All costs calculated from a poll of current and recent students
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Automotive Trades Department at 607-587-3117
Tools and Toolbox $3,000-$8,000
The cost varies vastly depending on brand and place of purchase  
Roller Cabinet must not exceed 55 inches long by 25 inches wide and must have a lock  
All tools must meet OSHA standards  
Uniforms & Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)  
Uniform shirts (short or long sleeve) available from Campus Bookstore SS $29.95-34.95
LS $32.95-36.95
Safety toe shoes $50-200
Safety glasses (Z87 rated) $10
Prescription glasses are okay if confirmed by a statement from your optometrist and must have Z87 approved side shields  
Laptop $975*
A laptop or tablet computer capable of wireless connection to the Internet is required.  *If purchasing from the Alfred Bookstore.
Shop online.  
Textbooks  $350/semester
Visit the Wellsville Campus Bookstore's website for prices and ISBN numbers  
Bench Units $20-120
Some of the necessary lab requirements will be performed on components that may be damaged beyond practical repair during the lab. It is recommended that the components be acquired from salvage vehicles. These components include alternators, starters, and tandem master cylinders. Students will receive information about the identification and how to obtain bench units from individual course instructors after arriving on campus.  
Lab Supplies for Requirements  $150
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.    
Project Vehicle  $500-1500
Project vehicles will be used to perform lab requirements. The vehicle should provide as much real-life, hands-on experience as possible, and should be a common make (e.g., Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota, etc). Cars/trucks should be in good running order and a 1996 or later model year. Students can also supplement their daily driver for some of the lab requirements.  
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.  
It is not necessary that the vehicle be licensed or insured.  

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***
  6. Flame resistant welding jacket
  7. Welding goggles (shade 5)
  8. High-cuff welding gloves
  9. Welder's helmet (shade 10)

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. Rechargeable and cordless light
  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 (pneumatic or battery powered)
  24. Soldering gun/soldering iron
  25. 1 box of Nitrile disposable gloves
  26. Gasket scraper
  27. Razor scraper
  28. Small swivel oil filter wrench
  29. Large swivel oil filter wrench
  30. 25' extension cord
  31. Hand operated vacuum pump
  32. 1/2” drive to 3/8” drive (reducer) adapter
  33. Power steering pulley installer & remover
  34. Compression gauge
  35. 4.5" Grinder and grinding wheels
  36. Pick set
  37. Automotive thermometer (dial type)
  38. Long handled 1/2" drive ratchet
  39. 90 degree die grinder kit with 2" roloc arbor

**Preferred for Brakes & Suspension Course

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

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 tip 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.