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!

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Huge, like the government
A small company, with a few dedicated people I'm close to
Someplace in the middle

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

Word that best describes you
Organized
Ambitious
Nerdy
Adventurous
Practical

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Successful
Helpful
Happy
Understanding

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Meat thermometer
Wire whisk
Microwave
Spatula
Blender

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

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

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