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!

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Successful
Happy
Helpful

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Blender
Spatula
Microwave
Meat thermometer

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

Word that best describes you
Organized
Nerdy
Practical
Adventurous
Ambitious

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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