20 Items Every Engineer Should Always Have

Here’s a list of a few items that engineers shouldn’t live without.


Here’s a list of a few items that engineers shouldn’t live without (Source: ABC news)

Every time people ask “what’s the best tool you have that you can’t live without”, engineers will often be bummed out. Thing is, there isn’t a sole item that can qualify as the only tool they’ll ever need, and they’ll often short their brain circuits asking themselves which of their tools are the best one they have. That’s why we’ve made a list of the 20 items every engineer should always have.

1. Jack

Items that every engineer should have (Source: NicoClub)

The ones included in your newly purchased car is not enough. As an engineer, having good quality tools that can carry a lot of weight is useful in a lot of situations.

2. Card Holder

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Dango Products via Kickstarter)

Whether it’s your professional license, ATM card, or a stack of business cards; this is an item you should never leave home without.

3. Shoulder Bag

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Onto Graphics)

Students and professionals should always have a bag they can put all their gadgets in, and a shoulder bag would be the best stylish choice.

4. Cordless Drill

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Just Cordless Drill Reviews)

It’s hard making the right holes when a cord is in the way. This tool is a handyman or woman’s best friend.

5. Chef’s Knife

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Good Housekeeping)

Food is life. It gives every engineer energy to go on through their days. Learning how to cook doesn’t only ensure proper nutrient consumption, it makes you more attractive as well.

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6. Passport

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Ethiopis)

If you’re a field engineer, this is a something you can’t just live without. It helps you be ready to be sent out anywhere around the world.

7. Secret Stash of Cash

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Day Air Credit Union)

Ruining a project without having money to repair it or replace it is really sad. Really sad indeed.

8. Cast-iron skillet

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Food Network)

It’s a basic cooking tool that you can use for anything from grilling to baking. And what’s good is that you don’t even need soap to wash it.

9. Jumper Cables

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Internet Geeks)

If you like tinkering with cars, electronic testing, or resurrecting Frankenstein’s monster, this is a tool you should always have handy.

10. LED Flashlight

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Factor Equipment)

Power outages are bad, especially when you have to replace a blown fuse from a fuse box that’s deep down in your dark basement.

11. Safety Goggles

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Stone Tool Shop)

Goggles may look geeky, but protecting your corneas from flying shrapnel or corrosive fluids should always be a top priority.

12. Work boots

Items that every engineer should have (Source: CAT Footwear)

This is especially needed when you like heavy machines and garage work. Dropping a sledgehammer on your toe can hurt a whole lot less if you have steel toe work boots to protect your feet.

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13. Carpenter’s Level

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Tool Guyd)

If your pencil keeps on rolling on the table you just built, this might be what you need.

14. Claw Hammer

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Wikimedia)

It can work as a simple hammer, a weight, or even as a crowbar. The claw hammer is very versatile for a number of situations.

15. Multipurpose Tool

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Dick’s Sporting Goods)

Anything from a Gerber Multi-tool to a Swiss Army Knife would be a good choice, especially when you need to fix something on the fly.

16. Work Gloves

Items that every engineer should have (Source: Total Work Wear)

Use it to handle things you can’t normally hold comfortably, like rugged chains, or that cast-iron skillet you left in the oven.

17. Calculator

Items every engineer should have (Source: Mercado Libre)

Numbers. ‘Nuff said.

18. Pocket Knife

Items every engineer should have (Source: Boker)

The knife on your multi-tool just won’t cut it. It’s best if you have an extra sharp alternative.

19. WD-40

Items every engineer should have (Souce: WD-40)

Have an extra tight situation that you need to slip out of? WD-40 is the answer to your rusty situation.

20. Charcoal Grill

Items every engineer should have (Source: Convivial)

Applying thermodynamics to a slab of meat sliced in perfect angles, seasoned with herbs and spices in calculated quantities, and paired with a properly brewed beverage. There’s nothing more you’d ever need.

Cielo Santos

Engineer. Writer. Artist. Gamer. Musician. She dreams of building a time machine and help kittens take over the world. Is secretly the pink power ranger in real life.

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