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.

All instructors require #2 pencils, TI-30 Calculators (provided to 1st year students in class), a notebook, colored pencils, and an ink pen. The required JATC notebook for the 4th year class will be available in the office. Please call for availability.

Books are required. Please check the information for your class year for required books. Your instructor may require additional books not listed on this list.


  • 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