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?
Spatula
Wire whisk
Microwave
Blender
Meat thermometer

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

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

I'm good at helping people...
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
Understand complex ideas

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite way to spend your free time?
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
Expressing myself through art or something I create

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

Word that best describes you
Organized
Ambitious
Practical
Adventurous
Nerdy

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Helpful
Successful
Happy

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

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 have friends who are...
Not into creating drama
Imaginative
Unique
Confident
Generous

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

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 relaxed and easy to get along with
I'm very supportive and loyal
I'm convincing, opinionated, and fresh