Last Updated on May 19, 2020
There are many tools that an electrician needs to get when first starting out. The company that you work for will supply some of the tools; others you can pick up along the way. We have compiled a list of the top 16 tools that you will need to start as an apprentice electrician.
These pliers are used for everything. Make sure the handle is a full nine inches so that you have the maximum amount of leverage possible. We recommend that you have two pairs of nine-inch pliers. We also recommend that any pliers that you get have insulated handles for a better grip.
Adjustable pliers are for those jobs that need a slightly wider wrench to get a good hold.
Needle-nose pliers are great for reaching into small places, or holding nuts while you tighten a screw. You can see our top 5 picks here.
Side cutters are great when you need to cut wires.
Wire strippers are used to remove the insulation from wires.
You will use the standard Phillips screwdriver a lot. We recommend that you carry two of them.
The multi-tip is great when you don’t have the correct size of standard screwdriver available.
You will need an assortment of sizes of flat-head screwdrivers. We recommend that you get a basic screwdriver kit that includes multiple sizes of Phillips and flat-head tools.
The stubby flat-head is for when you have a tight space that a standard screwdriver can’t fit into.
A conduit is a screwdriver-type tool that is used when laying conduit.
Nut drivers are used to tighten nuts and bolts. Due to the fact that they are shaped the same as the nut, you get a better grip on the nut than you would with pliers.
Adjustable wrenches are invaluable because they can be adjusted to fit a variety of sizes. You can see our top 5 picks here.
Allen wrenches are small, L-shaped tools that are used to loosen and tighten hexagon-shaped fittings.
Pipe wrenches are used to grip and turn soft pipes or fittings.
There are many different types of fasteners. Some of them require a socket to appropriately tighten or loosen. You never know what size you will need, so we recommend getting a full set, including the ratchet.
Claw hammers are used to remove nails and other material to make more room while you are doing your wiring job.
A pipe reamer is used to smooth rough conduit edges.
Your tape measure is invaluable, as you will measure a lot of things.
A voltage/OHM multimeter determines the continuity of wires and electrical current.
A torpedo is a level that is designed to get into small places. It ranges anywhere from six to 12 inches.
When running power lines, you will need to drill holes to run wires through walls. A cordless drill is great because it has enough power to get the job done, and it is easily taken with you wherever you need to go.
When laying wire, you may need to cut any type of material. The hacksaw is great because it works well on wood, plastic, metal, and other materials.
Utility knives are great for cutting pretty much anything. They are great because the blade retracts inside, so you are safe from accidental cuts.
You can see that you will need a lot of tools as an electrician. Having a tool belt makes carrying them all much easier than having to always carry a toolbox with you. You will always want to have a toolbox available with extra tools, but a tool belt keeps the ones that you use the closest to you, where you can get to them fast.
Being an electrician doesn’t require a lot of specialty tools, especially when you are first starting as an apprentice. We hope you have found this list helpful to get you started.
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