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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Helpful
Successful
Understanding
Happy

Favorite way to spend your free time?
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
Hanging out with friends and family

If I'm late on a project, it's more likely because it...
Takes me a while to get done, I'm a perfectionist.
Takes me a while to get motivated, I'm a procrastinator

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Nerdy
Ambitious
Adventurous
Organized
Practical

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Meat thermometer
Microwave
Spatula
Blender
Wire whisk

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