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

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

Word that best describes you
Nerdy
Practical
Organized
Ambitious
Adventurous

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Blender
Spatula
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer
Microwave

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Helpful
Successful
Happy
Understanding

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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 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