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 have friends who are...
Confident
Not into creating drama
Unique
Generous
Imaginative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Blender
Spatula
Meat thermometer
Wire whisk
Microwave

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?)

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Organized
Adventurous
Nerdy
Ambitious
Practical

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

Word that describes you best?
Happy
Successful
Understanding
Helpful