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 kitchen utensil?
Blender
Microwave
Meat thermometer
Spatula
Wire whisk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite way to spend your free time?
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
Expressing myself through art or something I create

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

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
Practical
Organized
Ambitious
Adventurous
Nerdy

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Successful
Understanding
Happy
Helpful

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

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.