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Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Smorg, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. Smorg

    Smorg Bit Poster

    Hello all
    What would you all say are items needed in your toolkit if your about to embark on a new career as a PC Engineer?
    What would be in your toolbox? Anti static wrist strap, various screwdrivers? What about a laptop - essential?
    Any working engineers out there wanna let me know what you carry about with you?!?
    Thanks guys
    WIP: A+
  2. Jellyman_4eva

    Jellyman_4eva Byte Poster

    I think everyone's tool kit here will differ A LOT!

    Personally, the stuff I cannot do without is...

    IDE cables
    SATA cables
    various lan cables
    POST card (Everyone should have one of these)
    Tweezers (For picking up dropped screws in tight places around motherboards!)
    PCI and AGP graphics cards (very handy)
    PSU Tester (rarely used but handy)
    "y" style molex connector
    SATA from molex connector
    3 pin from molex connector
    Basic lan cable wire tester (Would love a fluke nettool though)
    Various fans (and CPU fans/sinks)
    a 20GB drive for backing up any user data
    DVD ROM drive
    IDE to usb cable from Maplin for use with drives above if necessary
    Kettle leads..

    I am sure there is more important stuff but I cant remember..Although I do carry more than this (1U heatsinks and other consumables such as heatsink compound) I regard those listed as most important..

    A laptop is an ideal tool, because you can use it for backups and diagnosing other issues but you would really want it dedicated for that purpose... (Would you want a potentially virus infected machine connected to your work PC)

    Most importantly all of my items I use for a toolkit are tried and tested and known good!

    I would be interested to know what others have!
    Certifications: MCDST, MCITP-EDST/EDA/EA/SA/ MCSA 2K3/2K8, MCSE+M 2K3/2K8, ISA/TMG, VCP3/4, CCNA, Exchange, SQL, Citrix, A+, N+, L+, Sec+, Ser+, JNCIA-SSL, JNCIS-SSL
    WIP: Lots
  3. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

    Certifications: Comptia A+, N+, MS 70-271, 70-272
    WIP: Being a BILB,
  4. Smorg

    Smorg Bit Poster

    Wow - more on there than I 1st thought so thanks for that!!
    Basically, I have just got my 1st job as PC Engineer. I'll be classed as self employed to start with so anything I buy for work purposes I'll be able to claim back from the tax man. Just the initial outlay in the 1st instance thats the issue!
    I'll have to do a little research into what maplins do etc
    Thanks for the info
    WIP: A+
  5. rusty155

    rusty155 Bit Poster


    Not really a tool as such but one of the most useful items that I have is a live linux boot cd such as knoppix. This has helped me out many times when retrieving data from a machine under multiple blue screen attacks! Or for diagnosing hardware problems - I couldn't do without it now!
    WIP: A+

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