If you’re just getting started in your career as an electrician, it’s important to be prepared. The toolkit can be a tradesperson’s pride and joy, and there’s no reason why yours can’t be the same. Having all the essential tools for electricians means you will be prepared for any job. From the humble hammer and hacksaw to the more sophisticated mains tester and combi-cutters, these are the tools that should feature in your toolbag.
A hammer is a basic tool but one that you shouldn’t be without as an electrician. From the simplest of tasks such as driving wire staples to secure electrical cables, a hammer will make the process even easier.
Combi-Cutters allow you to trim screws down to size without damaging the thread, as well as trim, strip and bend wires.
Combination pliers are multi-purpose. This means that they are capable of and used for gripping, bending, cutting and extracting a variety of different materials.
A knife will come in handy in several different situations and you’ll probably use it daily. The different blades types used by electricians include; sheepfoot slitting blade, coping blade, utility knife and the spearpoint blade. It’s all about finding that one that’s right for you.
Hacksaws feature a thin and fine-toothed blade and are suited to cutting thinner materials, allowing electricians the ability to perform quick and accurate cuts.
An electrical tester/mains tester is invaluable to electricians, allowing you to ensure safer conduct and efficient electrical installations.
Make sure all your work is level with a pocket level. A wonky plug socket won’t go unnoticed by your customers.
A rethreading tool looks similar to a screwdriver, although it has a different tip and is used to clear and repair threaded holes. Threads can become damaged or dirty over time, so the rethreading tool will straighten threads and clear any debris.
Electricians need a selection of different screwdrivers to match the various types of fasteners they will come across. E.g. slotted, phillips, pozidriv, etc.
Also known as needle-nose pliers, snipe-nose pliers are used for both cutting and holding. Due to their slim tip, they offer great control when bending, re-positioning or cutting wires and are handy when you need to retrieve cables from difficult to reach places.
Whether it’s for figuring out where to place lighting fixtures or plug sockets, a tape measure is a must in any tool bag.
All electricians need somewhere to keep their tools safe and organised, as well as allowing for easy movement when taking them from the van to the site of work.
Electrical work may take you into places such as lofts or ceiling cavities, so a torch will come in very handy, making sure you can always see what you’re doing.
Non-contact voltage testers can detect electricity without needing to be in contact with the bare conductor. They enable electricians to ensure there is no voltage running through an electrical wire or device before they proceed to work on it.
Wire strippers are a simple tool used for cutting and stripping insulation from electrical wires, and trimming wire ends.
If you’re thinking about a career as an electrician, as well as the essential tools for electricians that you’ll need, you will also require qualifications. At Options Skills, we offer both the Domestic Electrical Installer Award and the NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course
If you’re already a domestic electrician but are looking to gain your NVQ and become an installation electrician, why not enrol on our NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course? For more information, you can visit the course page or call us at 0800 802 1315.