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 ?


The name for Shrapnel was derived from the Greek word for “shatter and spread in many directions” - True or False

Shrapnel was named after British army officer Lieutenant General Henry Shrapnel

What familiar element was first added to a clock on Christmas Day in 1656 by Dutch physicist, Christiaan Huygens…

In 1816 - French physician René Laënnec invented the Stethoscope - to avoid the embarrassment of pressing his ear against the bodies of his female patients – True or False

In computer engineering Fortran stands for - FORmula TRANslation – True or False

What is /was an Ariel Square Four….

British Motorcycle built approx. 1931

Which branch of engineering is Michael Faraday associated with….

Michael Faraday was a British scientist who discovered the fundamental principles of electricity generation in the early 1830's

On a percentage basis - Carbon is the major element in crude oil – True or False

Typically about 84%

In Mechanical and Structural engineering - RSJ stands for Rigid Steel Joiner – True or False

RSJ stands for Rolled Steel Joist

In Civil Engineering – Abiotic describes non-living chemical and physical matter – True or False

An Ammeter is a device used to measure electric current in Volts – True or False

An Ammeter is a device used to measure electric current in Amps


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