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50+ Essential Tools for Collision Repair Technicians

UTI Profile Image Universal Technical Institute Nov 6, 2019 ·

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.

Collision Repair Tool List

A female CRRT student from UTI who is using essential tools for collision repair technicians

 

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 includes:

¼” Drive Sockets

  • Six-Point Standard/Metric Socket Set (44) 
  • Torx Bit Sockets: T-10, T-15, T-20, T-25 (4) 
  • Six-Point 9mm Deep Socket (1)

¼” Drive Tools

  • QR TD Ratchet
  • 3" Extension Bar
  • 6" Extension Bar
  • Universal Joint
  • 6" Spinner Handle

⅜” Drive Sockets

  • Six-Point Standard Deep Sockets (11) 
    • 3/8"
    • 7/16"
    • 1/2"
    • 9/16"
    • 5/8"
    • 11/16"
    • 3/4"
    • 13/16"
    • 7/8"
    • 15/16"
    • l"
  • Six-Point Metric Deep Sockets (11) 
    • 9mm
    • 10mm
    • 11mm
    • 12mm
    • 13mm
    • 14mm
    • 15mm
    • 16mm
    • 17mm
    • 18mm
    • 19mm
  • Twelve-Point Standard Sockets (10) 
    • 5/16"
    • 3/8"
    • 7/16"
    • 1/2"
    • 9/16"
    • 5/8"
    • 11/16"
    • 3/4"
    • 13/16"
    • 7/8"
  • Twelve-Point Metric Sockets (3)
    • 9mm
    • 19mm
    • 21mm
  • Easy-To-Read Twelve-Point Metric Sockets (8)
    • 10mm
    • 12mm
    • 13mm
    • 14mm
    • 15mm
    • 17mm
    • 18mm
    • 19mm
    • 21mm
  • Screwdriver Bit Socket Set (23) 
  • Torx Bit Socket T-47

⅜” Drive Tools

  • QR TD Ratchet
  • 3" Extension Bar
  • 6" Extension Bar
  • 10" Extension Bar
  • 10" Flex Handle
  • Universal Joint
  • 3/8" to 1/4" Socket Adapter

Wrenches

  • Twelve-Point Full Polish Standard Combination Wrenches (13) 
    • 1/4"
    • 5/16"
    • 3/8"
    • 7/16"
    • 1/2"
    • 9/16"
    • 5/8"
    • 11/16"
    • 3/4"
    • 13/16",
    • 7/8"
    • 15/16"
    • l"
  • Twelve-Point Full Polish Metric Combination Wrenches (13)
    • 7mm
    • 8mm
    • 9mm
    • 10mm
    • 11mm
    • 2mm
    • 13mm
    • 14mm
    • 15mm
    • 16mm
    • 17mm
    • 18mm
    • 19mm

Hex Keys

  • Long Arm Standard Hex Key Set (11) 
  • Long Arm Metric Hex Key Set (11) 
  • Short Arm Standard Hex Key Set (11) 
  • Short Arm Metric Hex Key Set (11) 

Screwdrivers

  • Phillips & Slotted Professional Screwdriver Set (8) 

Pliers

  • 7" Pro Straight Jaw Locking
  • 6-3/4" Pro Slip Joint
  • 10-1/2" Arc Joint
  • 8" Pro Long Nose
  • 8" Pro Wide Jaw Diagonal

Hammers

  • Shrinking and Utility Pick Hammers (3) 

Chisels

  • Cold Chisels (3) 
  • 1/4" x 4"
  • 3/8" x S"
  • 1/2" x 5-3/4" 

Punches

  • Punch end Line Up Tools (5) 
  • 1/1G" Pin
  • 3/32" Pin
  • 1/0" Pin
  • 5/32" Pin
  • 5/32" Line-Up

Dollies

  • Dollies (4) 
  • Universal
  • Heel
  • Combination
  • Panel

Other Tools

  • Trim Pad Removing Tool
  • 12" Hacksaw
  • 9" Rubber Sanding Block
  • 1/4" Professional Blow Gun
  • Shoehandle Wire Brush
  • Scratch Awl
  • 10" Compound Leverage Snips, Straight Cut
  • 5 Pc. Specialty Tool Kit
  • 3" Stiff Scraper
  • SAS Hornet Safety Glasses
  • SAS Overspray Safety Goggles
  • Ear Muff Hearing Protector
  • Voltage Tester
  • Window Molding Remover
  • Gasket Scraper
  • 11" Locking C-Clamp
  • 25' Locking Tape Measure
  • 4pc. Body Trim Set

Topcoat & Primer Guns

  • SATAjet 100 B F HVLP primer gun
  • SATAjet 5000 B HVLP topcoat gun (color)
  • SATAjet 5000 B RP topcoat gun (clear)

Rolling Box

Don’t forget a cart or rolling box that organizes your tools so they’re easy to use.

Start Building Your Collision Repair Tool Set

A male student from UTI's CRRT program who is using essential tools for collision repair technicians

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!

Train to Become a Collision Repair Technician

Interested in pursuing a career in collision repair? UTI’s program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you need to succeed in the industry. To learn more, visit our collision repair program page and request information today.

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