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!

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

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Successful
Helpful
Happy

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Microwave
Blender
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer
Spatula

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Organized
Adventurous
Ambitious
Practical
Nerdy

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

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

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