Electrical Tool Kit List: What You’ll Need, and What You Won’t
Purchasing an electrical tool kit with the proper tools is your responsibility.
Becoming an electrician means learning a trade that specializes in fixing or installing stationary machinery, electrical wiring in buildings, and many other things.
What to carry in a electrical new tool kit is important!
With the new electrical components, maintenance and repairs these days, making sure you have the right tools in your kit is the only way to go.
The electrician designs, installs and maintains electrical systems. Many first time rookie electricians feel that they need to buy the top of the line tools, but as long as your tools are sturdy, you don’t have to spend a fortune and should start with the basic electrical tool kit.
An apprentice still has a long way to go before becoming an electrician, but still needs the right tools without having to buy the extras he will eventually use down the road. Whether you work in residential or commercial, your apprenticeship will usually be for four years, combined with classroom and on-the-job training.
Perfect Electrical Tool Kit For New Electricians
Someone once said “It’s always recommended that you treat your new electrical tool kit like a woman would treat her purse. Always know where it is and treasure its contents even when lending something.” Apprentices, as well as some professionals can leave tools behind, and if they move from location to location, never get their tools back.
Your tool belt and pouch will keep the tools organized, easy to find, and enable you to reach the tool that you need. You should have another pouch on your belt that is for holding screws and other parts. Try to have one with at least three pockets.
Machinery is becoming more complex and employers are searching for professionals trained in working with these complexities.
It makes the requirements higher for an electrical tool kit. You must be able to:
- Install, test, assemble or maintain electrical equipment, wiring, appliances and fixtures using power and hand tools.
- A diagnosis of malfunctioning machinery, systems and components and finding the cause and correcting it with hand tools and test equipment.
- Be able to correct circuit breaker wires or transformers.
- Do inspections of equipment, components and other electrical systems to find hazards and defects in compliance with all codes. Advise management about the safety of their equipment Maintain an up to date electrician’s license or ID card that meets government regulations.
- Be able to plan layout as well as installation of all electrical wiring, fixtures and equipment that is based on the job specifications and codes.
- Train or direct workers to maintain, install or do repairs on equipment, wiring and fixtures.
- Follow blueprints or prepare sketches that determine where the wiring and equipment is located to insure safety and building rules are being conformed to.
- Be able to use many different varieties of tools in their electrician tool kit, such as measuring devices, power construction equipment, and testing equipment.
- Install a ground lead and connect motor power cables.
- Have business management duties knowledge for preparing reports, maintaining records and equipment supplies.
- Have the knowledge to repair wiring, equipment and fixtures with power and hand tools.
- Work from scaffolds, roofs and ladders to repair, install, or maintain.
- Place piping or tubing inside partitions or walls and place wires or cables in complete circuits between boxes.
- Fabricate or construct parts with hand tools to specifications.
- Attach small plastic or metal boxes to the wall for home electrical outlets or switches.
- Be able to do physically demanding jobs such as trench digging to lay conduit wires as well as lifting and moving heavy objects. Safety on the job is critical and even simple ladder safety needs to be paid attention to.
- Provide assistance in emergencies by knowing how to operate generators and floodlights.
Industries that rely on a domestic demand such as metal product manufacturing, high technology, transportation, electrical equipment and food as well as component and appliance manufacturing have much job opportunities.
By specializing in as many different areas as you can, you will have more options to move through the different fields and land the career you want.
As the needs of businesses that hire electricians change, so does the job growth in each market. When becoming an apprentice electrician, do some research that will head you in the right direction as you begin your training toward becoming an electrician.
Now, grab your electrical tool kit and be the best electrician you can be.
Electrical Tool Kit List
The most basic tools that you will need in your electrical tool kit are:
- Lineman’s Pliers:
Heavy duty pliers for general use in bending, cutting, crimping, pulling wire and twisting off tie wraps.
- Side Cutters:
Used to cut smaller gauged wires or to cut off tie wraps.
- Cable Cutters:
More powerful than regular pliers used to cut large conductors and smaller. Be sure to use these only on copper and aluminum. Also known as “eagle beaks”.
- Crimping Pliers:
Used to install butt splices and stakons. Be sure to get a pair that has the insulated and non insulated option.
- Needle Nose Pliers:
Used for gripping in tight spaces, I find these work best when the pliers are rough at the end.
- Vice Grips:
Comes in handy as an extra support, especially when working alone.
- Wire Strippers:
Available in many different sizes, used to strip the insulation from the wire without damaging the wire as long as the proper size is selected.
- Hex Keys Metric:
Used to tighten electrical termination lugs.
- Electrician Scissors:
Used for cutting thick gauged wire.
- Tape Measure:
Used for measuring strut, conduit and tray and many other things. A 25 foot tape should be sufficient for any task.
- Electrician Hammer:
Hammer/Pry nails and to beat sh*t.
- Crescent Wrench:
Handy when nut size isn’t known, this specific wrench has a good set of jaws that won’t lock up.
- Hack Saw:
Used to cut strut, conduit and cable.
- Torpedo Level:
Magnetized for convenience and accurate readings.
Used to make accurate cut lines for a straight edge.
- Tin Snips:
Used to cut straight edge in sheet metal.
- Channel Locks:
Used to tighten conduit, conduit fittings, gang boxes and connectors, three different sizes is great to have.
- Wrench Set:
Speed wrenches are well worth it, most commonly used 7/16, 1/2, 9/16.
- Nut Drivers:
Used where a wrench can’t, most common sizes 1/4-5/16- 7/16- 1/2- 9/16.
- Variable Screwdriver:
Used for various types of screws and terminals.
- Socket Set:
Most commonly used sizes are 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16
- Can test volts AC/DC, Amps, and resistance. (Note this may not be required until 3rd year but is very handy to have even as a 1st year)
- Skinning Knife
Used to strip cable and insulation
Can test volts AC/DC, Amps, and resistance. (Note this may not be required until 3rd year but is very handy to have even as a 1st year)