Female auto student

Your instructor and the automotive repair technology program's advisory committee stress the purchase of tools is a must in seeking employment in the automotive field. You cannot be hired without them. So please check out the tool fair held during the career and technical education new student orientation session.

Matco, Mac, Craftsman, and Snap-On tools are offered as sets at greatly reduced prices while you are a student at SWCC.

The following tool list has been compiled with costs in mind.  This is a minimum requirement for an entry-level technician.

Please engrave your tools to prevent them from being lost or stolen.

A tool box suitable to house all the tools listed below is also necessary.

 

Socket Sets
Don't forget breaker bar and extensions where applicable
1/2” drive socket/rachet set – standard
7/16" to 1 1/8", 12-24 mm metric sockets

3/8" drive socket/ratchet set – 1/4" - 3/4" standard, metric – 10mm to 19mm
13/16" & 5/8" spark plug sockets

1/4" drive socket/ratchet set
3/16" - 1/2" standard sockets
4-14 mm metric sockets

Pliers

7" - 8" needle nose
9 1/4" water pump (channel lock)
7" - 8" diagonal
10" vise grip
7.5" slip joint
10" snapring pliers (Tru Arc)
For inside and outside snaprings
Must open to one and a half inches.

Screwdrivers
Standard screwdriver set (tip width - shank length) - 1/4 x 3-1/4", 5/16 x 10-1/4", 7/32 x 6-1/8", 3/8 x 12-3/4", 1/4 x 8"

Phillips screwdriver set (shank length) - 3-1/4" #2, 6-1/4" #1, 8" #2

Posi-drive screwdriver set (shank length - tip size) - 3 - 1/4" #2, 6-1/4" #1, 8" #2

Torx bits/drivers - T27 - 55, 3/8" drive sockets, 10 - 27 screwdriver style

Chisel and punch set - pin & starter punch, flat chisel, pry bar, 3/32", 5/32", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 5-1/2", 6", 6-1/2", 5" center punch, 24"

Brake Tools
Brake adjusting tool 8"
B rake spring pliers, remove and install 
Tire tread depth gauge
Brake retainer washer tool (large/small)
Tire crayon
Tire pressure gauge

Optional Tools - These may be purchased as needed. Your instructor may have suggestions for specific automotive areas.
1/2" Torque wrench
Amp/Volt/Ohm Digital Tester (Fluke Tester)
Die Grinder
Cut-off wheel tool
Deep sockets - Metric and standard (Impact preferred)

Hammers
16 oz. plastic
16 oz. rubber mallet
16 oz. & 32 oz. ball peen

Miscellaneous Tools
Allen Wrench Set (L-type) - 1/16" to 3/8" hex
Feeler Gauge - .0015" to .080"
Wire Gauge - .035" to .080"
Scraper - 1-1/2" x 3-3/8" heavy duty
Wire stripper - 6" 10-20 gauge
Test light
Steel ruler 6" pocket
Hacksaw with following blades 4-18 TPS, and 4-24 TPI
Flat hand file with handle 10" mill
Flash light with batteries
Oil filter wrench (should fit small and large filters)
Magnetic pick up tool
Steel measuring tape 12'
Safety glasses (not goggles)
Tire inflation air chuck
Rubber nozzle blow gun
 

Wrench Sets
3/8" - 1" combination, standard 10 -22 mm
3/8" - 5/8" line, standard combination metric

Air Tools - Optional
3/8" Air Ratchet
1/4" Air Ratchet
3/8" Air Impact Wrench
1/2" Air Impact Wrench