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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 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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Blender
Meat thermometer
Wire whisk
Spatula
Microwave

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Organized
Practical
Nerdy
Ambitious
Adventurous

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Happy
Helpful
Successful
Understanding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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