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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Meat thermometer
Microwave
Spatula
Blender
Wire whisk

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

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

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Successful
Happy
Helpful

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?
Squares
Circles
Arrows
Lines
Cars, buildings, trees... other things you see around you
Clouds, airplanes, rockets, other things in the sky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Expressing myself through art or something I create
Doing puzzles or creating things that involve putting pieces together

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

Word that best describes you
Practical
Nerdy
Ambitious
Adventurous
Organized