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

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Successful
Helpful
Happy

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

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.

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Blender
Spatula
Microwave
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Adventurous
Practical
Organized
Nerdy

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

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

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

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

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

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