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Required toolset

The staff at Portland Community College strongly recommends purchasing high quality tools that have a lifetime guarantee.  Students have an excellent opportunity to purchase tools and tool storage at a substantial discount through many different vendors who support the Diesel Program.

It is recommended that students contact a Diesel Service Technology Instructor for guidance in the purchasing of the required tool set.  Information on purchasing tools can be obtained by calling the diesel shop at 971-722-7275.

This tool set is adequate to accomplish the work required of the students during class and it will enable the students to accomplish the work required of them when they first are employed.  It should be understood that technicians must continue to build their tool complement throughout their career.

It is understood that some pre-packaged vendor tool kits may vary from the Portland Community College required tool list.  If the vendor tool kit varies greatly for the PCC required tool list, speak to an instructor to ensure that your purchase will provide you with the needed tools to complete your classes.

School’s requirement

Diesel tool list
1/4″ Dr. Socket set
Ratchet 1/4″
Sockets 5/32″ – 1/2″
Socket rail 1/4″
Metric 5 – 12 mm
Socket rail 1/4″
Extension 2″
Extension 4″
3/8″ Dr. Socket set
Universal 3/8″
Speed handle 3/8″
Ratchet 3/8″
Extension (universal type) 3″
Extension 3″
Extension 6″
Extension 10″
Sockets 12 point 5/16″ – 13/16″
Socket Rail 3/8″
Sockets 12 point 10 – 19mm
Socket rail 3/8″
Hex key sockets 2 – 10mm
Socket rail 3/8″
Hex key sockets 1/16″ – 3/8″
Socket rail 3/8″
Torx, tamper resistant T8 – T55
Torx, drive sockets E6 – E16
1/2″ Dr. Socket set
Flex handle (breaker bar) 18″
Ratchet 1/2″
Extension 3″
Extension 6″
Sockets 12 point 7/16″ – 1 1/4″
Socket rail 1/2″
Sockets 6 or 12-point impact 7/16″ – 1 1/2″
Sockets 12mm – 24mm
Socket rail 1/2″
Adapter 3/8″ to 1/2″
Adapter 1/2″ to 3/8″
Adapter 1/2″ to 3/4″
Combination wrenches 5/16″ – 1 1/4″ (not ratchet wrenches)
Combination wrenches 10 – 19mm (not ratchet wrenches)
Double offset open end wrenches 5/16″ – 3/4″
Tubing wrenches 3/8″ – 3/4″
Slip joint pliers 6″
Adjustable locking pliers 7″
Tongue and groove pliers (channel lock) 12″
Long nose pliers 6″
Diagonal wire cutter 6″
External snap ring pliers Straight
External snap ring pliers 45 degree
External snap ring pliers 9″ flat tip for retaining rings
Internal snap ring pliers Straight
Internal snap ring pliers 45 degree
(Universal snap ring plier set may be substituted for individual snap ring pliers)
Slotted 1/4″ x 6″
Slotted 5/16″ x 9″
Slotted 3/8″ x 12″
Slotted Stubby
Phillips #1 #1 x 3″
Phillips #2 #2 x 8″
Phillips #2 Stubby
Ball peen hammer 12oz.
2lb dead blow hammer
Air tools
Impact gun (air or electric) 1/2″ 400 foot lb.
Blow gun, OSHA approved
Electrical tools
Digital multi-meter, Snap On EEDM596FK w/spare fuses (see notes 1, 2, 3 and 4 below)
Inductive amp clamp, Snap On EETA502C (see notes 1 and 4 below)
Electrical probe kit, jumperkit18001.10-kit (see note 1 below)
Test lead kit, Snap On MTTL700 or instructor approved equivalent (see notes 1 and 4 below)
Battery terminal cleaner
Electrical stripper
 9.5″ electrical crimper w/cutter (e.g. Channellock 909)
Test light 12 volt (incandescent bulb not LED)
Butane micro torch
Heavy duty remote start switch (e.g. Napa Part # BK 7760022)
400/150 watt heavy duty electric soldering iron (e.g. Wall Lenk LG400C)


  1. Digital multi-meter, fuses, amp clamp, test lead kit, soldering iron and jumper kit are available at Rock Creek Bookstore.
  2. If you plan on taking the PCC Electric Power Generation class you will need a Fluke 87 multi-meter and spare fuses instead of the Snap On multi-meter.
  3. The Snap On EEDM596DK and 596EK multi-meters are approved substitutes.
  4. The Snap On inductive amp clamp and test lead kit will work with the Fluke 87.
Punches and chisels
Pin punch 1/8″
Pin punch 1/4″
Center punch 3/8″
Chisel 1/2″
Chisel 1/4″
Starter punch 3/8″
Brass drift
Dial caliper (not digital) 6″ range
Magnetic base dial indicator 1″ range
Gasket scraper
Pry bar Heel type 16″
Pry bar Flat type 20″
Angled feeler gauge set  .005″ – .030″ (e.g. Napa SER 170)
Course file 10″ mill bastard file
Fine file 6″ smooth flat file
Telescope magnet 4″ – 19″
Ear muffs
12 ft. tape measure
Steel wire brush
Standard hex key wrenches or folding wrench set
Metric hex key wrenches or folding wrench set
3/8″ drive click type torque wrench 75 ft/lb
1/2″ drive click type torque wrench 250 ft/lb
Tire gauge 150 psi
Adjustable filter wrench (strap type)
O-ring pick set
Infrared thermometer (laser thermometer)
Clear safety glasses (OSHA approved)
Coveralls – full length sleeve
Work shoes / boots, leather required, steel toe recommended
Non-metallic clipboard
PC based tablet or laptop computer having the following features:



  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • CPU speed: 1 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • HDD: 16 GB
  • Network adapter: Wireless
  • Ports: 2 each USB 2.0 or greater
  • Software: MS Word or compatible word processor
  • Examples:
    • Dell Inspiron 15
    • Asus Transformer Book T100TA
    • Microsoft Surface 2
    • Note: Chromebook will not support multiple required programs and applications.
Tool storage
One roll around bottom tool chest, no larger than 20″ deep, 40″ wide and 40″ tall