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A01 - General Engineering Contractor

7056. A general engineering contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with fixed works requiring specialized engineering knowledge and skill, including the following divisions or subjects: irrigation, drainage, water power, water supply, flood control, inland waterways, harbors, docks and wharves, shipyards and ports, dams and hydroelectric projects, levees, river control and reclamation works, railroads, highways, streets and roads, tunnels, airports and airways, sewers and sewage disposal plants and systems, waste reduction plants, bridges, overpasses, underpasses and other similar works, pipelines and other systems for the transmission of petroleum and other liquid or gaseous substances, parks, playgrounds and other recreational works, refineries, chemical plants and similar industrial plants requiring specialized engineering knowledge and skill, powerhouses, power plants and other utility plants and installations, mines and metallurgical plants, land leveling and earthmoving projects, excavating, grading, trenching, paving and surfacing work and cement and concrete works in connection with the above mentioned fixed works.

Content of the Examination

The General Engineering (A) Examination is divided into eight major sections. These sections are:

1. Estimation, Plans, and Specifications (20%)

  • Plans and specifications
  • Estimation
  • Standards, codes, & regulations
  • General building mathematics

2. Principles of Structures (8%)

  • Structural framing
  • Seismic safety
  • Basic engineering

3. Safety (18%)

  • Worker and site safety
  • Traffic control
  • Environmental impact

4. Earthwork and Surveying (15%)

  • Earthwork
  • Soils and geology
  • Surveying
  • Site preparation

5. Subsurface Work (20%)

  • Shoring and scaffolding
  • Permanent and temporary piling
  • Waterproofing
  • Utilities
  • Tunneling, drilling, and boring
  • Drainage and water work
  • Trenching and pipeline
  • Sewers, water, and storm drain systems

6. Foundation and Form Work (9%)

  • Concrete principles and placement
  • Forms and falsework
  • Foundations

7. Buildings and Related Work (5%)

  • Industrial plants
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing
  • Masonry
  • Painting and coating
  • Demolition

8. Surface Work and Paving (5%)

  • Highways and roads
  • Parking lots

*Percentages are approximate*


Test Site Policy
This is a closed-book examination. No reference materials may be used during the examination. All materials brought to the examination site must be left in an unmonitored area at your own risk.

Test Strategy
This is a multiple-choice examination with four choices per question. Some questions require mathematical computation. Examination questions are written to provide only one BEST answer and are NOT written as trick questions.

All correct answers have equal value and there are no score reductions for wrong answers. Therefore, all examination questions should be answered.

Ample time is provided to answer all examination questions, so be sure to read each question and its four choices completely and carefully before selecting the BEST possible answer to the question.


Sample Questions

The following questions are typical of the types of items that are on the examination. The correct answer is highlighted.

1. What is the volume of a cylinder if the diameter equals 2 feet and the length equals 4 feet?

  1. 8.00 cubic feet
  2. 12.56 cubic feet
  3. 25.12 cubic feet
  4. 50.24 cubic feet

2. In a temperate area, which of the following is NOT a significant factor that influences soil compaction?

  1. the amount of moisture present during compaction
  2. the type of material to be compacted
  3. the temperature of the soil
  4. the depth of each lift being compacted

3. High frequency vibration used to compact freshly poured concrete results in which of the following?

  1. higher lateral pressures
  2. lower lateral pressures
  3. faster curing time
  4. slower curing time

*All questions are written and reviewed by licensed contractors who are actively working in the field*


Resources
California Building Code.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road.
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406
FAX: (888) 329-4226
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

California Electrical Code.
California Building Standards Commission.
2525 Natomas Park Dr. Ste. 130,
Sacramento, CA 95833.
(916) 263-0916.
FAX: (916) 263-0959.
INTERNET: www.bsc.ca.gov

California Fire Code.
California Building Standards Commission.
2525 Natomas Park Dr. Ste, 130,
Sacramento, CA 95833.
(916) 263-0916.
FAX: (916) 263-0959.
INTERNET: www.bsc.ca.gov

Cal/OSHA State of California Construction Safety Orders.
California Code of Regulations, Title 8,
Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4,
Barclays Law Publishers,
P.O. Box 95767,
Chicago, IL 60694.
(800) 888-3600.
FAX: (415) 732-8875.
OR
Building News, Inc.
1612 S. Clementine Street,
Anaheim, CA 92802.
(800) 873-6397
FAX: (714) 535-8078.
INTERNET: ccr.oal.ca.gov or www.bnibooks.com

Construction Planning Equipment and Methods.
McGraw-Hill, Inc.,
P.O. Box 182604,
Columbus, OH 43272-3001.
(800) 262-4729.
FAX: (614) 759-3759.
INTERNET: www.mcgraw-hill.com

Excavation and Grading Handbook.
Craftsman Book Company,
P.O. Box 6500,
Carlsbad, CA 92018.
(800) 829-8123.
FAX: (760) 438-0398.
INTERNET: www.craftsman-book.com

Formwork for Concrete.
American Concrete Institute,
P.O. Box 9094,
Farmington Hills, MI 48333.
(248) 848-3700.
FAX: (248) 848-3701
INTERNET: www.aci-int.org/

Standard Plans, State of California Department of Transportation.
CALTRANS Publications Unit,
1900 Royal Oaks Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95815-3800.
(916) 445-3520.
FAX: (916) 324-8997.
INTERNET: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/esc/oe/project_plans/index.htm

Standard Specifications, State of California Department of Transportation.
CALTRANS Publications Unit,
1900 Royal Oaks Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95815-3800.
(916) 445-3520.
FAX: (916) 324-8997.
INTERNET: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/esc/oe/project_plans/index.htm

Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction. (Green Book)
BNI News
1612 So. Clementine St.,
Anaheim, CA 92802.
(714) 517-0970.
FAX: (714) 535-8078
INTERNET: www.bnibooks.com

Underground Tank Regulations.
California Code of Regulations.
Title 23, Waters, Division 3, Chapter 16.
Barclays Law Publishers,
P.O. Box 95767,
Chicago, IL 60694.
(800) 888-3600.
FAX: (415) 732-8875.
INTERNET: ccr.oal.ca.gov

*Publisher information is current as of 5/04*

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