Line C - Tools and Equipment Competency C-1: Describe Common Hand Tools and Their Uses

November 2, 2015 | Updated: December 18, 2019
Author: Camosun College

Hand tools are used in almost every trade, but many of them have particular applications in a specific trade. It is likely you have used some of these tools already at work, at school, or at home, but this may be the first time you have had the chance to study some of the tools’ designs and applications in detail. 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 (https://caperbc.ca/) for creating the audio recording of Competency C-1.

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Trades, Trades - General

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the text is well written and easy to understand

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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 small sections followed by a self test are great, I think it breaks up the text into learning steps so that it is not too much information to retain at one time

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everything is clear and organized well, I feel the order was well thought out and everything was in the right place

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

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all the interfaces worked properly, but I found it difficult to get back to the original text

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none that I noticed

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I feel it is very well written, well organized, everything is relevant to the trade I instruct, I would use this in my classroom! Great job!

Terrance Morris

Institution:Red River CollegeTitle/Position: Instructor-Aviation and AerospaceCreative Commons License

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

The text covers a general range of tools used in red seal trades. The explanations are very good , concise and detailed. Easy to understand. Although there is a separate safety module, I felt some additional safety information would be prudent to include. IE: tool operation hazards. There are some , but not for all of the tools.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

I did not find any grammatical errors. The text was definitely unbiased. Diagrams were very good. (actual photos of the tools). Again, the content explanations were very good and concise.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 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

I feel the content is up to date. Other, than technical product improvements in items such as laser levels, the information is current.

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 accessible and easy to read and understand. The technical jargon is used appropriately and describes the tools well.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

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

The text is layed out consistently from unit to unit. Solid framework and a good index.

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.

Yes, the modularity is good. Each unit stands on its own. The sections are set up in a logical manner and are easy to navigate.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

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

Yes the flow is good. The topics are presented in a logical manner, cutting tools, measurement, lay out, etc. The book design follows a logical progression of tool use.

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

The text is simple and easy to understand and navigate. Clear pictures and format. Nothing appeared distracting or confusing .

Interface Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

I did not find and grammatical or spelling errors.

Grammar Rating: 5 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 neutral. It does not refer to the areas mentioned above. It also does not have any discriminatory text in that regard. There is no insensitive or offensive
language in these areas.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

I would definitely recommend this book. The explanations of the tools and their uses is clear, detailed and easy to understand. We use some of these tools in our program, and I would definitely use this book as an additional resource.