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
Constantly being distracted and having to switch tasks
Getting messy
Working in isolation

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Blender
Wire whisk
Microwave
Meat thermometer
Spatula

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

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

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Organized
Nerdy
Practical
Adventurous

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Helpful
Happy
Successful

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

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

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

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

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