Starting as a Field Engineer – what’s in your toolkit

If you are a new field engineer either starting your first job, or switching into field engineering from another role or industry, you may be wondering what should your toolkit contents be?
What should I include in my tool bag?
Is there anything really useful that I may not have considered?
How can I carry everything?
Here is some advice from experienced and veteran field engineers.

As a Field Engineer – what are your toolkit contents?

Field Service Engineer in Dubai

Sasidharan RAMASAMY

Sasidharan Ramasamy from India works for the Serac Group in Dubai. He is a Field Service Engineer and works on the installation and commissioning of filling machines and filling lines.

What is in your tool kit which is nonstandard but really useful?
My multi tool from Leatherman

Leartherman wave-plus-fanned_720x example of Field Engineer toolkit contents

Which tool could you not work without?
I always keep one tool in my pocket – it’s a tiny screwdriver – and really useful all the time

mini screwdriver

What’s the best bag, box or case you have ever used to carry your toolkit contents as a field engineer?
Gt line toolbox was the best one. All of their boxes are very good and reliable.

Biomedical Engineering Supervisor in the United States

Paul Neher

Paul Neher is the Supervisor of Biomedical Engineering at the Parkview Regional Medical Centre in Indiana. He is married with two teenage daughters.
He recently celebrated 24 years in the career field and has held his CBET since 2011.

What is in your tool kit which is nonstandard but really useful?
It’s not really non-standard, but my go to daily was a hip case which had the following:
a good combi tool including no less than a knife, pliers, and mini screwdriver tips
a combi-bit screwdriver with two sockets
maglite
hemostat
Between this kit and my cell/mobile phone, I could resolve about 90% of my daily service tickets.

Which tool could you not work without?
Unfortunately, my cell phone. With its array of apps, flashlight, and web access, it can act as a whole department of resources.
What’s the best bag, box or case you have ever used?
I used to be a road Service Biomed for our network of hospitals. Years ago, I came upon the Craftsman Versastack system. In it, I can carry my entire took kit, and it breaks down small enough to fit into the trunk of my car. It is also watertight, so it protects tools and documents. I can add or remove modules to configure it in different ways, and the collapsible handle and wheels get me in and out of most environments. As a road tech, the versatility was a game changer for me.

craftsman verastack to carry Field Engineer toolkit contents

Wind Turbine Technician in Turkey

Erdem Akbas standing on wind turbine

Erdem Akbas works in the renewable energy sector. He is a Wind Turbine Technician for Field Core in Turkey.

What is in your tool kit which is nonstandard but really useful?
I have an electrician’s multimeter measuring instrument that I call a must-have in my toolbox.

multimeter example of Field Engineer toolkit contents

Which tool could you not work without?
I need the following with me whenever I work:
Pickpocket
Screwdriver
Check pen
Allen key sets.

allen keys

What’s the best bag, box or case you have ever used?
I use an Izeltas tool bag and I am really satisfied with it.

Izeltas Mobile Tool Chest 8445 to carry Field Engineer toolkit contents

A Field Service Engineer and Manager in Turkey

Ercan KAVAKTEPE

Ercan Kavaktepe is based in Turkey. He works as a Field Service Manager and Engineer for Koro Ilac. His work involves medical instruments and robotic systems.

What is in your tool kit which is nonstandard but really useful?
I use the Acrobat spiral screwdriver all the time.

spiral screwdriver

Which tool could you not work without?
There are two things which are vital to me whenever I work. These are:
My long phillips screwdriver
My allen key set
What’s the best bag, box or case you have ever used as a field engineer to carry your toolkit contents?
For me, the Beta tool boxes have been the best and most useful for the job I do. The reason I like it is because they are not heavy and then handles are good.

A Customer Support Engineer in India

Varun Sharma

Varun Sharma is an experienced Customer Support Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. He is currently working for Siemens Healthineers in Chandigarh.

What is in your tool kit/bag which is nonstandard but really useful?
My tool kit contains:
Screwdriver set
L key set
T-30 screwdriver
Adjustable wrench
Insulation tape
Multimeter
Cable ties
Pen drive
Wire stripper
Wire cutter
A handy knife

wire strippers example of Field Engineer toolkit contents

Which tool could you not work without?
If I am working on an X-ray machine, I cannot work without:
Screwdriver
L key set
If I am working on a CT scanner, I cannot work without:
a T-30 screwdriver
When I am working on any electrical problem, my multimeter is vital.

multitool

What’s the best bag, box or case you have ever used?
The tool kit bag I use is a Stanley one which is very handy. It’s open mouthed and waterproof.

stanley open mouth tool bag

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