Required Tools for Automotive Technology Students

  • Instructions for Tool Box Drop Off: Automotive Technology and Powersports Program Students

We do not sell or endorse any particular brand of tool here at SUNY Canton. Our advice to students is to purchase the best tools they can afford to buy. It has been our experience that the cheaper tools, both in price and/or quality will end up being much more expensive in the long run due to frequent replacement.

Craftsman tools range up to about $700 while Snap-On tools range up to about $3500. The only required Snap-On tool is the Model 504 Digital Multimeter. This is required for the Snap-On Electrical Certification training embedded in our Auto Electrical I course.

Financial Aid can only be used for tools in the freshman year.

The following e-mail link will allow you to take advantage of special student pricing on our required tool package offered by Snap-On Tools.

The list of tools include:

  • A SUITABLE TOOLBOX with lock. A roll cabinet is recommended but not required. The Student's First and Last Names must be permanently affixed to BOTH ends.
  • Fender cover
    Better to have two because nothing touches paint!
  • Set of combination wrenches (open-end / box-end): metric
  • Set of 1/2in drive sockets with ratchet and extensions: metric
  • Set of 3/8in drive sockets with ratchet and extensions: metric
  • Set of 3/8in drive deep-well sockets: (6-point) metric
  • Spark plug sockets: 3/8in drive; sizes 5/8in and 13/16in
  • Set of 1/4in drive sockets with ratchet and extensions: metric
  • Set of 1/2 drive deep metric Impact Sockets
  • Pliers: diagonal cutters, needle nose, slip-joint, "Channelock" style, and wire stripper/crimper.
  • Set of screwdrivers, both Phillips and slotted (flat blade).
  • Tire pressure gauge.
  • Tire inflation chuck with TYPE 'B' air-line fitting.
  • Air blowgun with TYPE'B' air-line fitting.
  • **** NOTE: Craftsman air-line fitting will not work! ****
    NAPA Auto Parts Stores usually have these fittings in stock
    for $1.50-$2.00 each.
  • Snap-On Digital Volt-Ohm-Amp Meter model EEDM504F. This meter will be used extensively throughout the program and will be the basis for your Electrical Certification.
  • Current Probe, Low range, with Banana Plugs - AES# 07-60-BP
  • Flashlight, with extra batteries.
  • 12-volt test light.
  • Gasket scraper and / or stiff blade putty knife.
  • Set of punches and chisels.
  • Set of blade-type feeler gauges (.0015in to .035in).
  • Spark-plug gapping gauges.
  • Torx driver bit set: #15 through 25, 27 through 40, 45, 50, and 55.
  • Plastic tipped soft-faced hammer.
  • Large ball-peen hammer. 16 ounce or larger is recommended.
  • Heavy leather welding gloves.
  • Torque Wrench; 1/2in drive, capable of accurately reading from 50 ft/lbs. or less and up to 150 ft/lbs. or more.
  • Torque Wrench; 3/8in drive, capable of accurately reading from 10 ft/lbs. or less and up to 75 ft/lbs. or more.
  • Shop cloths / rags *
  • Spray cans*: 1) brake cleaner, 1) carburetor/throttle body cleaner, 1) silicon spray, 1) penetrating oil.

** Each student is required to wear **

    (Invest in a good pair which won't fog up!)
    (pants and collared shirt, or coveralls) such as Walmart, Carhart, Tractor Supply or other outdoor stores.
  • A PLAIN GREY T-shirt may also be worn.
    Blue jeans, flashy t-shirts, black pants or shirts, coveralls tied around the waist, etc. are not acceptable dress while working in the lab. If the student is currently employed at a facility which provides them with a work uniform that includes a collared shirt, then that student will be allowed to wear that uniform in the lab. Keeping these items clean and properly maintained will be the students responsibility.

Strongly suggested optional tools:

Engraver, drum brake spring service tools, 3/8" drive impact driver with bits, 1/4" drive torque wrench, and assorted "Vise-Grip" style regular and needle-nose pliers.

Remember..... purchasing good quality tools
is less expensive in the long run.

Automotive Technology Department
Christopher Mayville
Curriculum Coordinator