The Coffee Break Hard Trivia Quiz – A challenging selection of General Engineering Trivia 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 ?


A Commutator is a rotary electrical switch used in some types of electrical motors and generators – True or False

Which company currently (and has consistently), manufactured the greatest number of mobile phones per year….

Chery Automobile Co. is based in which country…

CH3CH2OH is the chemical symbol for Ethyl Alcohol – True or False

The Venturi Effect is the name given to the motion of a fluid swirling rapidly around a centre - True or False

The correct answer is a Vortex - The Venturi effect is the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section (or choke) of a pipe.

Velcro was invented in France.  True or False

The correct answer is Switzerland

Embalming is the name given to the process of temporarily preserving human remains to reduce decomposition plus making them suitable for public display at funerals – True or False

In Civil Engineering – Azimuth describes the horizontal angle in degrees from true North to a point directly beneath an observed object. e.g. the compass bearing - True or False

The number 10 to the power of 15 has the unit name…

An instrument for measuring the Weight or Density of gas is called a Gastroscope – True or False

A Gastroscope is an instrument for examining the interior of the stomach – An Aerometer measures the weight or density of gas