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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!

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Nerdy
Practical
Organized
Adventurous

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

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

Word that describes you best?
Happy
Helpful
Understanding
Successful

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Meat thermometer
Spatula
Wire whisk
Microwave
Blender

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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