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As a professional electronics technician or conscientious do-it-yourselfer, you should know your workshop equipment inside out. A clear list of all tools for electricians is a practical aid, helping you to control your inventory, for example, when you equip your tool bag or want to keep track when purchasing professional tools.

Here, we provide you with a comprehensive list for all necessary and practical electrical engineering tools, clearly summarized in three categories. In each category, the fundamental equipment items are listed. In addition, since every electrical engineering company always has its own requirements, you will find space for additions with which you can individually expand your checklist. A free PDF checklist is available for download below.

Electrician tools— Basic equipment

Tools for electricians must meet special requirements, as the safety of the worker must be guaranteed at all times. From screwdrivers to combination pliers, the following therefore applies: If possible, always reach for the insulated version.

These electrician tools are part of a basic tool kit:

  • Cutting knife for safe and accurate cutting of many materials
  • Folding ruler / folding rule for precise measuring
  • Combination pliers for various assembly tasks
  • Screwdrivers for Phillips and slotted screws in various sizes
  • Spirit level for checking alignment, e.g. when setting up machines

Testing and measuring tools for electronic technicians

Testing equipment is essential for safe and accurate work on electrical wiring. At least one check to ensure the power is off should be performed before each work step.

The most important measuring and testing devices of electronics technicians:

  • Continuity tester to check electrical connection or correct wiring.
  • Multimeter for measuring voltage, current and resistances
  • Voltage tester to ensure that the voltage is not present
  • Current clamp metre to measure the amperage

Most digital multimeters have a continuity tester and current clamps, so once a multimeter is in use, the other measurement devices are not required. However, you should still keep a simple voltage tester close to hand in the basic equipment of your business.

Electriconic technician tools for working with cables, wires, and leads

In the daily work of an electrician, the focus is on handling electrical conductors. Depending on the task, these must be cut, laid, and freed from their sheathing.

The following tools are needed for electrical installation:

  • Stripping pliers for cutting off the insulation from wires and stranded wires
  • Stripping tool for removing jackets from various materials depending on requirements and work area
  • Wire end sleeve pliers for pressing wire end sleeves
  • Cable knife or cable shears
  • Side cutters for cutting stranded wires and cores
  • Needle nose pliers for gripping and holding cores

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