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 more important?
That everything is done right
That people get along

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Spatula
Microwave
Blender
Meat thermometer

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

Word that best describes you
Practical
Organized
Ambitious
Nerdy
Adventurous

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

Word that describes you best?
Helpful
Successful
Happy
Understanding

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

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

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

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
Hanging out with friends and family
Expressing myself directly, like writing my thoughts down or speaking to groups

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

What size company do you think you'd want to work at?
Someplace in the middle
Huge, like the government
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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

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

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

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

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