Electrical Tool Kit List: What You'll Need, and What You Won't

Purchasing an electrical tool kit with 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 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.

This is my tool kit laid out on a table in my garage

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.

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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.

Electrician Tasks

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:

Grabbing tool kit ready for work
  • 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.

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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 and pulling wire

Side Cutters

Used on smaller wires or to cut tie wraps

Cable Cutters

More powerful than regular pliers used to cut large conductors and smaller cable

Crimping Pliers

Used to install butt splices and stakons

Vice Grips

Comes in handy as an extra grip support

Wire Strippers

Available in many different sizes used to strip the insulation from the wire without damaging the wire

Electrician Scissors

Used for cutting thick gauged wire

Hex Keys Metric

Used to tighten electrical termination lugs

Tape Measure

Used for measuring strut, conduit and tray

Electrician Hammer

Hammer/Pry nails, beat sh*t

Crescent Wrench

Handy when nut size isn't known, this set has good jaws that won't lock up

Hack Saw

Used to cut strut, conduit and cable

Needle Nose Pliers

Used for gripping in tight spaces

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

Socket Set 

Most commonly used sizes are 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16 

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

Flat And Phillip Heads

This set includes 3 different sizes and two really short ones, for those hard to get to areas

Robertson Head

Square head, common sizes 1,2,3

Banana 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)

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