Electrician Tools of the Trade

The Necessary and Common Electrician Tools

If you take a look into an electrician’s toolbox, you will find a variety of specialized electrician tools next to the usual hand tools used in almost every craft. To properly use the variety of these tools, it requires both training and practice. By going through the Electrical Technician Program here at NCE, students will be provided with the hands on training and real world application practice needed to successfully handle these tools. Once students master them, these specialized electrician tools will significantly enhance the speed, quality, and safety of their performance as an electrician or electrician apprentice.

Here is a list of some of the common electrician tools a graduate can expect to be using while out in the field:

  • Fish tape, which is used to manipulate wires or cables through openings.
  • Pipe and Tubing bender, which is used to custom-form the metal conduits through which wires run.
  • Cable cutters, which are a high leveraged pair of pliers used to cut through thick and heavy cables.
  • Crimping tool, which are pliers that allow you to twist two wires into each other, forming a functional splice.
  • Diagonal pliers, which are pliers with a sharp, blade-like nose used to cut small gauge wire and sometimes to remove nails and staples.
  • Lineman’s pliers, which are heavy duty pliers used to cut, bend, crimp, and pull wire.
  • Needle-Nosed pliers, which are a small pair of pliers with a long, narrow nose that you can use to grip, twist, cut and strip fine gauge wire.
  • Wire stripper, which is a type of plier that has a variety of gauge hole dimensions in the tool. These holes allow you to cut away the wires insulation without damaging the exposed metal wire underneath.
  • Voltage indicator, which is a simple electronic instrument used for determining the presence, or absence, of electric voltage in a particular device.
  • Multimeter, this is a more complex device that can be used to test voltage, resistance, and current on a subject.
  • Insulation resistance tester, which is a device that sends several hundred thousand volts into wires and cables to test the level of resistance their insulators provide.
  • Clamp Meter, which is a meter with two jaws that can be closed around a wire to test various current properties without having to make contact with the actual electrical conductor.

With such a wide variety of specialized electrician tools, employers are looking to bring on people that have the skills and knowledge to jump right into the workforce and handle these tools safely and efficiently. If you can see yourself working as an electrician, call or click today to apply or receive more information on Rancho Cordova’s NCE’s Electrical Technician Program!

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