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 ?


1. Gold is a very ductile metal and an ounce of gold can be drawn into a wire

2. The first artificial satellite launched into space was Explore 1, launched by the United States in February 1958.

3. Although overshadowed by the VHS system – which company released the technically superior Betamax home videocassette tape recording format in 1975 ?

4. Antimony is the chemical element with the symbol "Sb"

5. In Mechanical Engineering - the most common type of plain bearing which is typically a shaft rotating in a bearing surface is called a Journal Bearing

6. A thin plate with a hole- typically used to distribute the load of a threaded fastener , such as a screw or nut and also often used as a spacer is called a ...

7. What name is given to a type of hammer , with a head often made of wood, hard rubber or hard plastic?

8. Leonhard Euler, the mathematician and physicist was born in which country?

9. In the Roman numeral system, what does the letter "X" equal?

10. In electrical engineering, DIP switches are designed to be used on a printed circuit board along with other electronic components and are commonly used to customise the behaviour of an electronic device for specific situations. DIP stands for - Dual Inline Package