Discussion:
tools for the job

I recently was asked if we would provide basic tools to our mechanics. Things such as impact sockets wrenches ect. When I served my time as apprentice mechanic and full road tech we were expected to provide our own tools is this still the same? I understand shop tools but sockets?! If we didn't have the tool for the job they would find someone who did
  • Posted 13 Feb 2015 14:25
  • Discussion started by pat_r
  • British Columbia, Canada
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yes!basic hand tools are important but it nmust only when you know how use it properly.
  • Posted 8 Oct 2015 17:02
  • Reply by alona_m
  • Washington DC, United States
We just get shop / special factory tools, plus we have to use the company provided torque wrenches as they are calibrated regularly & records kept accordingly.
  • Posted 25 Feb 2015 05:51
  • Reply by Forkingabout
  • england, United Kingdom
I always asked job candidates how much it would cost them if they had to replace their tools. Most people who had a small collection did not understand the question. If the answer was under $5,000 I would then ask if their tool box was bigger or smaller than my desk.
I hired a couple of guys who thoroughly lied. When they showed up for the first day of work one had purchased his brand new tools from Lowes and another had all new tools from Harbor Freight.
I do agree that having a lot of tools doesn't mean that someone knows how to use them.
  • Posted 25 Feb 2015 01:43
  • Reply by duodeluxe
  • United States
duodeluxe
I've hired guys that claim to have a starter set, yet show up with a two part, plastic marine battery cover filled with random Allen,hex, and flat drivers, a hammer, and a crescent. I've also hired guys from a construction site, who had no tools but knew how to use the tools. I've found that the guy coming from construction either loves it or hates it. If I've loves it, the transition is easy. The point is sometimes it's about the tools, but most the time it's about brain behind the tool.
  • Posted 23 Feb 2015 15:33
  • Reply by lynn_w
  • Colorado, United States
I work for a firm that provides basically everything...except basic hand tools. We get $250 a year for hand tools, but you must have basic set to start. NEVER HEARD OF ANY EMPLOYER that supplies basic hand tools.
Ask an Auto tech what they get....
  • Posted 20 Feb 2015 15:04
  • Reply by EasiTek
  • Ontario, Canada

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