General Engineering Contractor (California)

Course Details:

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

How the Program Works:

This software teaches you the trade, laws, codes, rules and regulations plus the details of your particular Trade and Profession.

For every question there are several multiple-choice options, one of which is correct. If you pick the wrong answer, the program will show you the correct answer, why that answer is correct, and a full explanation of the basic principles being studied.

Instead of trying to memorize the answers, you are using this CD as a tutoring tool to give you the facts about the subject. With this method you gain a complete understanding of the subject matter as listed above.

At the same time that you are practicing the practice exams for the state test, you are also learning the data and facts about your trade so that you have a complete understanding of it. If you understand something well, you then can answer the test question correctly no matter in how many ways the question is asked.

At the end of the test you will be shown your score as a percentage as well as a list of all the questions you missed so that you can restudy that area and correct your mistakes. You can simply continue testing until you pass at a 95% passing rate at that point you are ready to take your exam.

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