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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Someplace in the middle
Huge, like the government

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Nerdy
Ambitious
Organized
Practical
Adventurous

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Microwave
Spatula
Meat thermometer
Blender

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Helpful
Happy
Successful

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
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

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