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!

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

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'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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Meat thermometer
Blender
Spatula
Wire whisk
Microwave

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

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.

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Practical
Organized
Nerdy
Adventurous

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 size company do you think you'd want to work at?
A small company, with a few dedicated people I'm close to
A big company, with lots of people to meet and room to move around
Huge, like the government
Someplace in the middle

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Helpful
Happy
Understanding
Successful

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?
Lines
Arrows
Cars, buildings, trees... other things you see around you
Circles
Clouds, airplanes, rockets, other things in the sky
Squares

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