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It’s often said that a technician is only as good as his tools. This is certainly the case when it comes to collision repair!
Collision repair technicians analyze, diagnose and repair damaged vehicles. Accidents happen on our roadways every day, and these technicians play an important role in getting vehicles back
up and running. In order to do their job well, they must have a specific set of tools they can rely on.
If you’re considering a career in this industry or are currently completing your collision repair training program, this list is for you. Follow along as we share a complete auto body tools list.
As an aspiring collision repair technician, it’s important to start building your tool set as soon as possible. According to David Sydnor, education manager for the Collision Repair program at UTI,
it’s critical to have a set of tools before sitting down for an interview with your future employer. While many companies will provide the specialty tools you’ll use on the job, technicians are expected to have a basic set of tools, which
Don’t forget a cart or rolling box that organizes your tools so they’re easy to use.
This is a long list, and it might seem overwhelming to those just starting out. Remember that you can build your tool set over time as you complete your training. David suggests letting friends and family know that you’re building your tool set,
so when Christmas and birthdays come around, you can receive tools as gifts.
Be sure to also do your research and take advantage of UTI’s industry connections to talk with potential employers and ask what tools you’ll be expected to have. Not only will
this make a great impression, but it can also guide you as you add tools to your set.
Finally, there may be ways to save money when purchasing your tools. UTI has a close relationship with Snap-on, a leading manufacturer of high-end tools and equipment for professionals in the transportation industry.
Through UTI’s Snap-on Student Excellence Program, students can receive discounts on tools while they are enrolled at UTI. Additionally, as technicians retire, many choose to sell their tools to the next generation. Take advantage of your network—you
may be able to purchase some high-quality tools at a lower price!
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