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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Adventurous
Practical
Organized
Nerdy
Ambitious

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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Meat thermometer
Microwave
Spatula
Wire whisk
Blender

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Successful
Happy
Helpful
Understanding

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

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