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 everything is done right
That people get along

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

Word that best describes you
Practical
Organized
Adventurous
Ambitious
Nerdy

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

What's something you'd HATE at work?
Working in isolation
Getting messy
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.

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.

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

Word that describes you best?
Helpful
Understanding
Happy
Successful

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer
Microwave
Blender
Spatula

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

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

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