Working as an electrician can be a fun, exciting, challenging and sometimes even dangerous role to take on – but if you do find that this is the job for you then it’s often the case that you will be performing a role which helps out a great number of people. To be a good electrician you generally need to undergo at least 2-3 years of training with additional practical experience heaped on top of that before you become fully qualified. Once you have reached this position you are ready to go out into the big wide world on your own.
Although your training may have been completed, working as an electrician is not a solo job, and in most jobs you will find that there are some very important elements that you have to rely on – your tools. If you are looking to carry out this trade then it’s crucial that you have the right tools for the right job, and although these will differ from job to job, there are some which will stay the same.
Five key tools that every electrician should have include:
- Non-contact Voltage Detector
Perhaps one of the most important parts of any toolkit, this enables you to check if wires are live before you start working on them. This is one of the most important tools that you could use to avoid electrocution and it’s important that you have this in your toolkit so that you are quickly and easily able to identify any areas where electrical current could be running through
- Tape measure
Regardless of what you are looking to measure, this handy device can help you out to complete almost any task. Whether you are looking to install items, measure the length of cables or simply just do a range of measuring tasks, having a tape measure in your electricians kit is one way to ensure that you are always able to complete your measurements with ease
- Screwdriver set
Chances are that at any point you will need to remove screws and whether you are looking to take out a plug socket, connection, or you are working with electrical appliances, it’s crucial that you have the right screwdriver on hand to successfully complete your task
No electrician’s toolkit is complete without at least one good pair of pliers and if you are looking to cut, bend or meld any type of wiring then a good pair of pliers is essential to doing the job properly. Whether you are after needle nose pliers, lineman’s pliers, side cutting pliers or slip joint pliers, having a range in your toolbox can make any electrician’s job a great deal easier
- Handheld drill
Although this might seem to be more of a DIY piece of equipment than anything else, the handheld drill is a very important part of your toolbox and can make a big contribution to the success or failure of your job as an electrician. If you are working with wiring then chances are you will need to drill holes or use your drill to access hard to reach areas and for this reason having a drill on hand can be invaluable.