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 ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures is called a …

In mathematics, the exponent by which another fixed value, the base , has to be raised to produce that number is called a ….

What is the generic name for a metalworking or woodworking hand tool used to cut fine amounts of material from a workpiece…

Pluto was the Roman God of the underworld – True or False

Count Alessandro Volta invented the electric battery in 1800 – True or False

In correspondence we use the abbreviation – bcc. ---- bcc stands for Blind Carbon Copy – True or False

GRP is Commonly used for manufacturing boats, automobiles, baths, hot tubs, water tanks etc .  GRP stands for Glass Reduced Polymer – True or False

GRP stands for Glass-Reinforced Plastic

The generic name for a variable-ratio transmission system commonly used on bicycles , consisting of a chain , multiple sprockets of different sizes, and a mechanism to move a chain from one sprocket to another is called a …

The word Electricity is derived from the Latin word Electus  meaning “Sharp Needle” - True or False

The word Electricity is derived from the Greek word Electron which is the hard sap of a type of pine tree – the Greeks observed that when rubbed with silk, it had the ability to attract very light objects such as straws because of the electric charge

An Expansion Joint is the generic name for a device designed to allow for heat or movement induced variations in structures – True or False