Line C - Tools and Equipment Competency C-2: Describe Common Power Tools and Their Uses

September 30, 2015 | Updated: January 13, 2021
Author: Camosun College

Power tools play a major role in virtually every trade. You will be expected to be familiar with a wide range of portable and stationary power tools and to understand the safe operation of these tools. Proper maintenance improves the life and performance of the tool. Correct set-up and operating procedures ensure good results and prevent injury. The following list of lines and competencies was generated with the goal of creating an entry-level trades training resource, while still offering the flexibility for lines to be used as stand-alone books. Line C – Tools and Equipment. C-1 Describe Common Hand Tools and Their Uses, C-2 Describe Common Power Tools and Their Uses, C-3 Describe Rigging and Hoisting Equipment, C-4 Describe Ladders and Platforms. Special thanks to CAPER-BC ( for creating the audio recording for each Competency.

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Trades, Trades - General

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Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

The text covers all areas of the subject appropriately and the index is well organized. Answer keys are also provided at the end of the book for the self tests.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The content is well done with current diagrams. I did find an error in spelling on page 10, in the following statement:

" Almost any corded tool manufactured today is available in a cordless battery-powered design that is ( ighter ) and more powerful than ever."

The word should be "lighter" and more powerful than ever. I am reading the document in a word format. Possibly it reads correctly in a PDF format.

Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The content is current. Although some tools (pictures) are a bit dated, they are still used today and are relevant to industry.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

The text is easy to read and not overly technical. It does provide adequate context for any of the terminology used.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

The author(s) do retain internally consistent terminology and framework of the book is also consistent from chapter to chapter.

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

The text is broken down in readable, easy to understand blocks. There are no long winded blocks of text. Overall layout is good.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

The topics covered flow well and are presented well, in a logical clear fashion.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

I did read the book in word format. And, did discover a spelling error, which may or may not have been corrected. But all images and charts etc are reading and presenting well. No interface issues from what I can see.

Interface Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

As I noted earlier , I did find a spelling error on page 10.

"ighter" should be spelled "lighter".

Grammar Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

The text is completely neutral in regards to diversity and inclusion, and does not include insensitive or offensive language in these areas.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

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I would recommend this book. I would use it in my teaching right now.