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

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Adventurous
Nerdy
Practical
Organized

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

Word that describes you best?
Helpful
Happy
Understanding
Successful

What size company do you think you'd want to work at?
Someplace in the middle
A small company, with a few dedicated people I'm close to
Huge, like the government
A big company, with lots of people to meet and room to move around

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

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

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

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

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

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?
Outer space
A different city every week
My own special cubicle
A busy factory
A hospital
The great outdoors

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

I'm good at helping people...
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
Understand complex ideas

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer
Microwave
Blender
Spatula

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

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

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.

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes