Electricians at work



We are often asked by new apprentices "What kind of tools am I going to need?" As a guideline we have surveyed employers and apprentices alike. With their input we have compiled a list of tools that are essential for your preparedness on the job.

Please remember that this is a guideline not a requirement. Before making a huge purchase, check with your employer to see what the company requires and what they may provide. You employer may require additional or different tools that are not listed below.


  • Tool Belt
  • Tic Tracer
  • Electrician Hammer
  • Hacksaw
  • Drywall saw
  • Hole saw kit
  • Pair Channel locks or Nippex
  • Electricians knife or Razor Knife
  • Pair Wire Strippers – Stranded wire
  • Pair Wire Strippers – Solid Wire
  • Torpedo level
  • Pair Needle nose pliers
  • Pair of Linemans Pliers
  • Pair of Side Cutters
  • Tool box or Tool bag
  • Multi Tap Tool
  • 10 in 1 Screwdriver
  • #2 Square Drive Screwdriver
  • Set of Screwdrivers (Flat, &Phillips - Large & Small)
  • Steel 25'-30' Steel tape measure
  • Set of Allen Wrenches
  • Set of open ended wrenches
  • Twirly flat head screwdriver
  • Twirly Phillips screwdriver
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight
  • Multi bit screwdriver with tamper bits
  • Awl
  • Punch down tool
  • Cordless Drilland driver
  • Drill bits
  • 600Volt Meter (optional recommend waiting 1 year before purchasing)
  • Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hard Hat
  • Sharpie Pen
  • Pencils
  • Pocket notepad
  • Knee Pads
  • Coveralls