The Technical (TECH) Pre-Employment Test

Pacific Gas and Electric Company believes that it is critical that entry level employees have the basic ability to succeed on the job. The Technical (TECH) pre-employment test allows us to make an initial assessment of a job candidate's problem solving and mechanical abilities. Because the TECH pre-employment test is standardized, it ensures that everyone who wants to be considered for technical positions receives a fair and objective opportunity to demonstrate their ability. This test has been professionally validated to ensure job relatedness.

The TECH pre-employment test allows the company to make an initial assessment of a job candidate's practical problem solving ability through numerical, mechanical, perceptual, and logic skills - all of which are necessary for success in mapper and estimator positions. The TECH test consists of four components:

Graphic Problem Solving

This component of the TECH pre-employment test is designed to measure the ability to solve arithmetic problems by using information from prints or graphs. This component contains drawings, each followed by several questions. Applicants must perform the appropriate arithmetic calculations to solve each problem and then select the correct answer from the four multiple choices provided. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below. Note that the dimensions shown on the drawings are not necessarily drawn to scale. The use of calculators will not be permitted.


The Graphic Problem Solving component of the pre-employment test allows the candidate to demonstrate his or her proficiency in solving practical arithmetic problems in a short amount of time. This ability is important to success in technical positions.

Interpreting Diagrams

This component of the TECH pre-employment test is designed to measure the ability to use symbols and codes to locate objects on maps or diagrams as well as to determine the object's status. The component contains diagrams, each followed by several questions. The applicant must choose the correct answer from the four multiple choices provided. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below.


The Interpreting Diagrams component of the TECH pre-employment test allows the candidate to demonstrate his or her ability to learn and understand graphs and diagrams in a short amount of time. This ability to translate drawings quickly is important to success on the job.

Mechanical Concepts

This component of the TECH pre-employment test is designed to measure applicants' ability to apply mechanical concepts in solving practical problems. Each item contains a picture, a question, and three answer choices. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below.

The Mechanical Concepts component of the TECH pre-employment test allows the candidate to demonstrate his or her mechanical insight in an accurate and efficient manner. Understanding mechanical concepts is one of the many crucial skills necessary for success in mapper and estimator jobs.


Reasoning From Rules

This component of the TECH pre-employment test is designed to measure the ability to read and apply rules to make decisions and solve problems logically. The applicant must apply the appropriate rules to solve each problem and then select the correct answer from the four multiple choices provided. The component measures verbal proficiency in problem solving and troubleshooting, using only the rules presented in the section. For some of the rules and situations, it may be helpful to draw a diagram on scratch paper to answer the questions. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below.


The Reasoning From Rules component of the TECH pre-employment test allows the candidate to demonstrate his or her ability to apply various rules in solving problems within a short amount of time. This ability is also important to success on the job.