You Know That You’re An Old Engineer – Number 5

1. When you can remember using a hole template for drafting work
2. When you can remember using a sanding board to produce chisel points which were “works of art” As was the Calligraphy you produced on each drawing !!!
3. When you can remember asbestos being widely used in all sorts of engineering applications
4. When you CAN NOT remember any hazardous stuff (at all) being used in the workplace !!!!
5. When you can remember when a Steam Roller was actually driven by steam
6. When you can remember British motor cycles dominating on the roads
7. When you can remember either owning a British motor cycle or wanting to own one
8. When you can remember always carrying a full tool kit in your car – just in case it would break down
9. When you can remember always carrying a Swiss army knife type tool kit with you – just in case something else would break down and need to be repaired
10. When you can remember when almost everyone rode bicycles to work and the bicycle racks far outnumbered car parking spaces

 

 

Weekly Engineering Trivia Quiz – Mar 13th 2017

The Coffee Break Quiz – A challenging selection of General Engineering questions and answers -
sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know, but you’re sure that you did know or that you should know and when you see the answers you know that once upon a time you probably did know !

Challenge your colleagues – can they answer more than you ?

 

In Electrical Engineering - The Reed Switch is an electrical switch operated by an applied magnetic field and was invented at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in 1936 – True or False

The Reed Switch was invented at Bell Telephone laboratories in 1936

11 cubed = 1231 – True or False (without using a calculator please)

11 cubed = 1331

A material whose hardness and ability to retain a cutting edge make it suitable for use in the cutting and shaping of metals, wood and similar hard materials is called Tool Steel – True or False

Touring, Softail, Dyna, Sportster and VRSC are the names of family models for which motorcycle company …

Elias Howe, Whitcomb Judson, Colonel Lewis Walker and Gideon Sundback are people who (at various times) worked on which well known invention for temporarily joining 2 edges of fabric …

The worlds first mechanical standardised screw thread was the - ISO metric screw thread – which was agreed and finalised when the International Organisation for Standardisation was set up in 1947 – True or False

The worlds first national screw thread standard was the Whitworth Thread (also known as British Standard Whitworth or BSW) which was devised and specified in 1841 by Joseph Whitworth

1 meter equals how many feet - to 3 places of decimal …

The rate at which a human body loses heat, relative to the level of atmospheric turbulence and ambient temperature on a wintry day is called the “what” chill factor …

Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate ( Na2CO3.10 H2O ) is also known as Washing Soda – True or False

Boyles Law states that - If a metal is lightly stressed, a temporary deformation, presumably permitted by an elastic displacement of the atoms in the space lattice, takes place. Removal of the stress results in a gradual return of the metal to its original shape and dimensions - True or False

Hookes Law is the correct answer – Boyles Law states that the product of absolute pressure and volume is always constant.

You Know That You’re An Old Engineer – Number 4

You Know That You’re An Old Engineer – Number 4

• When you can remember marveling at the very first fax machine you ever saw and now the young guys tell you that the fax is dead – nobody uses that old technology these days
• When you can remember seeing your first mobile phone. It was the size of a large toolbox and weighed as much. Plus it had a very limited battery life and range
• When you can remember taking grainy Polaroid pictures which could barely be understood and boasting of the technology. Whilst paying exorbitant prices for the film
• When you can remember the teletext machines being “state of the art” for instant communication & you were under strict instruction to use the minimum words in your messages
• When you can remember a hacksaw being the common method used to cut steel (and not an angle grinder) – and as a junior Engineer you practiced and practiced (until your arm felt as though it would drop off ) attempting to get that straight cut. Without breaking the blade
• When you can remember using a cold chisel to cut a chamfer on steel and the pain of a misdirected hammer blow, – How many bruises and broken bones did this task produce ?
• When you can remember (as a young Engineer) being sent for a long wait
• When you can remember (as a young Engineer) being sent to get a glass hammer
• When you can remember watching a skilled tradesman bed a bearing with a scraper
• When you can remember that your clutch pencil was your most prized possession – together with a full range of leads and colours

 

 

 

A Breakdown in Communication ?

A Breakdown in Communication ?

A Breakdown in Communication ?

Sean – the Site Manager (of the web page that is) tells me that people are time poor and that I need to make the items short, sharp and snappy
So here goes:-

There is a large construction site

The guys have a meeting and send the union guy to see the site manager with an ultimatum

“Boss” he says – the guys have had a meeting and they are all in agreement – we need locks on the toilet doors” (my description – not his)
The Site Manager thought for a while and said “don’t be ridiculous – there is absolutely no need”
“Boss the guys are adamant – we need locks on the doors”
 said the union guy

The Site Manager had another long think and said –

“Look – I’ve been on construction sites for over 40 years – and I’ve never heard of a toilet door being stolen – get back to work”

Weekly Engineering Trivia Quiz – March 6th 2017

The Coffee Break Quiz – A challenging selection of General Engineering questions and answers -
sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know, but you’re sure that you did know or that you should know and when you see the answers you know that once upon a time you probably did know !

Challenge your colleagues – can they answer more than you ?

 

The classic Harley-Davidson engines are two-cylinder , V-twin  engines with the pistons mounted in a "60 degree" "V" configuration – True or False

The pistons are mounted in a "45 degree" "V" configuration

1 km equals how many miles …

A League is an ancient Celtic unit of length and was the distance a person could walk in about one hour – True or False

The Nikkei 225 is a stock market index for the stock exchange of which country …

A Capacitor is the name is given to a passive electronic component consisting of a pair of conductors separated by an insulator – True or False

In Engineering and Physics - Plasticity is the word used to describe the propensity of a material to undergo permanent deformation under load – True or False

Methyl Alcohol (CH3OH) is also known as ...

What is the name of the energy of an object, which it possesses due to its motion . It is defined as the work  needed to accelerate a body of a given mass from rest to its stated velocity …

9 cubed = 759 - True or False

9 cubed = 729

What is the more common name for a polytetrafluoroethylene film cut to specified widths for use in sealing pipe threads
 - note that this is a trick question ...

All answers are correct