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 ?


How many planets orbit the sun ... (note that this is a trick question)

The correct answer is 8 - Note that Jupiter is now classified as a "dwarf planet" which is a separate classification

Six Sigma, the business management strategy was originally developed by which company in 1986 ...

Historically, Wind Electric Generators have been attached to Asynchronous loads - True or False

A Spire is the name given to a perfectly round geometrical  object in three-dimensional space , such as the shape of a round ball – True or False

A Sphere is the name given to a perfectly round geometrical object

What is the name of the process which strengthens  a metal by repeated plastic deformation ...

In the Roman numeral system the letter C equals 50 – True or False

In the Roman numeral system the letter C = 100

The fuel efficiency of a Prime Mover may be specified as a measure of BSFC - BSFC stands for - Brake Specific Fuel Consumption - True or False

In fluid mechanics - Laminar Flow is the name given to fluid flow which is the opposite of Turbulent flow – True or False

Fillet, Butt, Plug, Bead are all used to specify details of what metal joining process ...

In electrical engineering, a Contactor is the name is given to a large relay usually used to switch current to an electric motor or other high-power load - True or False