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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!


Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Nerdy
Organized
Adventurous
Practical

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Meat thermometer
Blender
Spatula
Wire whisk
Microwave

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

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
Squares
Lines
Cars, buildings, trees... other things you see around you
Arrows

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Helpful
Successful
Understanding
Happy

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

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

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

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

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
Huge, like the government
Someplace in the middle
A small company, with a few dedicated people I'm close to