What kind of engineer should you be?

pin it - what kind of engineer should you be?

Engineering is one of the coolest jobs in the world, but there are so many disciplines it can be a little daunting to choose one for yourself! I wasn't happy with the existing quizzes, they were mostly way too direct (do you like bridges or wires? uh...) or way too career-spammy, and they were all way too serious. So with that in mind I took some personality traits and kinda did my best attempt at mapping them to engineering fields. It's not scientific or accurate because it really doesn't matter, engineers do so many things and move around so much there's no way to predict what path you'll end up on... so relax! This point of this test is to combine the fun of a personality quiz with the usefulness of a career test... hey look at that, fun AND useful? It's getting engineer-y already!

You can skip a few questions if you don't like them, but the more you answer the more accurate the test will be. Well, within all the accuracy it's capable of, that is. Which isn't much.

Also - if you're a teacher and want to print this out so a whole class of future engineers can take it, I now have a printable version!

I'd rather have friends who are...
Unique
Confident
Not into creating drama
Generous
Imaginative

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Organized
Practical
Adventurous
Nerdy

Favorite color?
Purple
Black
Green
Red
Orange
Gray
Yellow
Blue
Pink
White

What's more important?
That everything is done right
That people get along

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

What would you rather do?
Make the world a better place
Be a mad scientist
Invent cool gadgets
Break stuff
Build big impressive things

My mad scientist laboratory would have...
Everything, it'd be a total mess!
Colorful liquids in test tubes
Blinky lights
A greenhouse full of plants (maybe evil plants?)

Where would you like to go to work?
My own special cubicle
A different city every week
Outer space
A hospital
The great outdoors
A busy factory

If I'm late on a project, it's more likely because it...
Takes me a while to get motivated, I'm a procrastinator
Takes me a while to get done, I'm a perfectionist.

What size company do you think you'd want to work at?
A big company, with lots of people to meet and room to move around
Someplace in the middle
Huge, like the government
A small company, with a few dedicated people I'm close to

What do people like about you?
I'm relaxed and easy to get along with
I'm convincing, opinionated, and fresh
I'm very supportive and loyal

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Meat thermometer
Wire whisk
Microwave
Spatula
Blender

What's something you'd HATE at work?
Getting messy
Working in isolation
Sitting at a desk all day
Constantly being distracted and having to switch tasks

Another possible job for me might be...
Cosmetologist
Politician
Veterinarian
Retail
Pilot
Teacher

I'm good at helping people...
Understand complex ideas
Get their head out of the clouds and have a reality check
Understand others and resolve disagreements
Understand themselves and what they're really looking for

What are you most likely to doodle on the side of a paper when you're bored?
Arrows
Cars, buildings, trees... other things you see around you
Clouds, airplanes, rockets, other things in the sky
Circles
Lines
Squares

I'd rather work
With a group of helpful people.
Alone. I don't care how helpful the group is.

Do you like being in charge?
No
Yes
Doesn't matter

Word that describes you best?
Happy
Successful
Helpful
Understanding

Favorite way to spend your free time?
Expressing myself directly, like writing my thoughts down or speaking to groups
Hanging out with friends and family
Doing puzzles or creating things that involve putting pieces together
Expressing myself through art or something I create