What’s In Your Engineering Hardware Toolkit?

Here’s a list of tools that should be in every hardware engineer’s toolkit.

Whether you’re a college graduate transitioning to working life, a young professional changing careers or a seasoned professional trying to stay up-do-date, you should always maintain a handy bag of engineering tools and tricks.

Of course, the toolkit for each engineering discipline will have similarities and differences. The similarities will include general tools that all engineers need at their disposal. Conversely, the differences reflect the specific tools needed for the different hardware-oriented disciplines like electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering.

What follows is a suggestive list of tools and toolkits. It is by no means an exhaustive one. But before going to the list, I’d like to acknowledge three colleagues for their help in compiling this tool list:

  • Clive “Max” Maxfield - A well-known electronics and computer guru, author of numerous books including the famous, “Bebop to the Boolean Boogie.”
  • William "Ike" Eisnenhauer - Now a senior executive but also an engineer for his entire career (government and industry).
  • George Zafiropoulos - VP of Solutions Marketing at National Instruments and co-founder of the Ham Radio podcast.
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