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 way to spend your free time?
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
Doing puzzles or creating things that involve putting pieces together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Spatula
Blender
Meat thermometer
Microwave

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Successful
Helpful
Happy

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
Adventurous
Nerdy
Ambitious
Organized
Practical

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