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Tools that every engineer should have in their toolbox

Being an engineer is a complicated profession. It can involve various tasks, from designing a blueprint for an excellent tool to repairing complex machinery. An engineer often has to take care of more than one type of work. That’s why every engineer needs to be ready at a moment’s notice, with the best skills and tools.

With technology advancing faster than ever before in history, there is so much to learn and try. These days, engineers need to be on top of their game and understand the rapidly updating machinery. However, what hasn’t changed is the technology used to build and repair things. It would be best if you still had essential tools.

When starting as a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, or maintenance engineer, it can be not very clear what tools you need and what they are called. We’ve put together a complete guide to the toolset an engineer needs. This list also includes some essential equipment that engineers should have access to in their shops/workstations.

Below is the list of some essential tools for engineers

1. BlueSpot 4 Pce Punch and Chisel Set


The BlueSpot 4-piece piercing and chisel set is chrome vanadium steel to increase durability. The set is appropriate for cutting, marking, pinning, and removing components. The set includes a 1 x 13mm (1/2″) cold chisel. 1 x 3mm (1/8″) pin punch. 1 x 5mm (3/16″) taper punch. 1 x 10mm (3/8″)

center punch. Rubberized coating for better shock absorption and grip.

2. Clarke CHT128 11 Pce Metal File Set

Clarke CHT128 11 Pce Metal File Set


These sturdy steel files come in various shapes for general engineering and metalworking with long and short pieces, each with a comfortable molded handle. Five files are 8″ long., six files are 4″ long.

3. Clarke CHT614 406mm (16″) Combination Square

Clarke CHT614 406mm (16″) Combination Square


High-quality steel blade with scale (both sides). Black metal base with brass set screw with the built-in spirit level and marking guide. Metric and imperial measurements.

4. Clarke ET102 Automatic Centre Punch

Clarke ET102 Automatic Centre Punch


This unit for punching and marking surfaces is operated by hand pressure alone. Can vary the depth of indentation by adjusting the internal spring tension. Hardened and ground center punch tips. No hammer is required. The tip is easily removed for resharpening or replacement.

5. US Pro 4 Pc Nut Splitter Set 9-36mm

US Pro 4 Pc Nut Splitter Set 9-36mm


For removing damaged or corroded nuts without damaging the bolt thread. Hardened steel blades and forged handles for strength and durability. The size range of this set is from 9 to 36mm. The sizes listed are the minimum to maximum diameters that can adjust each nut splitter. Size 1 splitter: 9-12 mm. Requires a 12mm wrench. Size 2 splitter: 12-16mm. Requires a 14mm wrench to operate. Size 3 splitter: 16-22 mm. Requires a 19 mm wrench to operate. Splitter size 4: 22-36 mm. Requires a 21 mm wrench for operation.

6. Clarke ET125 Emery Wheel Dresser No. 0

Clarke ET125 Emery Wheel Dresser No. 0


Get the most out of your bench grinder by ensuring the grinding wheels are clean and round. Get precise results with this simple tool. Suitable for

wheels up to 250 mm in diameter and 50 mm wide. Cast iron construction.

7. US PRO 18Pc Pin/Punch Set With Automatic Centre Punch


US PRO 18Pc Pin/Punch Set With Automatic Centre Punch


US PRO 18-piece pin punch set with an automatic center punch. A highquality set of 18 alloy steel pin punches, including a convenient automatic center punch for making center holes for drilling. Both the automatic and the pin punch knobby handles provide extra grip.

Well presented in a convenient carrying case with separate compartments for each cotter pin. Pin punch sizes in mm: 9.5 x 200mm, 8 x 200mm, 6 x 200mm, 5 x 200mm, 4 x 200mm, 3 x 200mm, 2.5 x 200mm, 1.5 x 200mm, 1.5 x 100mm, 2.5 x 100mm, 3 x 100mm, 4 x 100mm, 5 x 100mm, 5.5 x 100mm, 6 x 100mm, 8 x 150mm, 9.5 x 150mm.

8. US PRO 16PC Punch & Chisel Set


US PRO 16PC Punch & Chisel Set


A comprehensive set of professional quality pin punches and chisels. It is almost impossible to find this standard set and extra long pin punches and chisels as a set. A must for every mechanic’s toolbox. Includes: 3 x cold chisels, 5 x taper punches, 5 x pin punches, 2 x center punches, and 1 x chisel gauge. Material: Chrome vanadium steel. Finish: Black phosphate.

9.US Pro 15 Pc Bolt Extractor Set

US Pro 15 Pc Bolt Extractor Set


Spiral ground teeth provide a secure grip when removing rounded or damaged bolts. Can also use it for bolt heads and studs. Fits 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24 and 27 mm bolt heads. Sizes 9 through 19 mm all have a 3/8″ drive. Sizes 21, 24, and 27 mm have a 1/2 mm drive. Can drive it with a ratchet or metric wrench.

10. Clarke ET156 – 3″ Feeler Gauge


Clarke ET156 – 3″ Feeler Gauge


Precision machined, double calibrated gauge blades of fine quality steelhardened, tempered, and polished for lasting accuracy. 26 blades from 0.0015″ (0.038mm) to 0.025″ (0.635mm). Locking screws hold one or more blades in place during use.

Tools are an essential part of an engineer’s toolbox. They are used to tighten fasteners and components, remove components and fasteners, and access areas on machines/equipment that may be guarded/restricted. Every engineer will need these tools at some point, whether to take something apart, repair it, or build a new piece of equipment.

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