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!

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Microwave
Meat thermometer
Wire whisk
Spatula
Blender

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

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

What size company do you think you'd want to work at?
Someplace in the middle
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

Word that best describes you
Practical
Adventurous
Ambitious
Nerdy
Organized

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Helpful
Successful
Happy

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

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

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
Clouds, airplanes, rockets, other things in the sky
Squares
Circles
Arrows
Lines

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

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

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