Engineering Exam Questions


Many of the questions will be about workshop toolsand processess - just answer carefully from your experience using the correct names for tools and techniques.

There are notes on this website which cover many of the processes you will be asked about.

You will be asked about :-

Jigs for tasks such as drilling.

CADCAM advantages and disadvantages

Materials, especially which are suitable for a particular purpose.

Tools and their purpose.

Safety rules and safe working practices.

Manufacturing processes such as injection moulding and sandcasting.

Finishes for metals

Joining methods including soldering, brazing and fixings and fastenings.

All of the above sections are on this website.

There will also be questions about design, good/bad and how to improve a design. You will be presented with a drawing and asked to comment on and improve an aspect of its design.

Mechanisms especially gears, pulleys, sprocket and chain (as on bicycles), cams. Look on the links section there are lots of websites which cover mechanisms really well.



Name two finishes (other than paint) that could be used to protect the mild steel part if used outside.

Explain what is meant by CAD/CAM.

Give two reasons how CAD helps the designer.

Give two reasons how CAM helps the manufacturer.

Name two thermoplastics that could be used to make the part.

Name a suitable material to make the jig for use in producing large quantities.

Name suitable materials for a range of workshop tool handles e.g. ball pein hammer.

State a safety rule for a range of bench tools e.g. hacksaw.

Name the metals in the alloys - brass, bronze, soft solder.

Name two heat treatments that can be carried out using the brazing hearth.

Why is injection moulding suitable for the production of large quantities?

Give two reasons why a manufacturer uses drilling jigs.

Give two essential requirements for a drilling jig.

What is the best fixing (screw head type) for joining a bracket to the wall?

Name a ferrous metal and give a use.

Name a non ferrous metal and give a use.

Name a plastic and give a use.

Name the tool for :-

  • cutting an external thread

  • an internal thread

  • drilling a 10mm dia. hole in mild steel

  • measuring the dia. of a silver steell rod

  • cutting curved shape in copper sheet

  • parting off steel bar on a lathe

  • polishing aluminium