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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer
Blender
Spatula
Microwave

If I'm late on a project, it's more likely because it...
Takes me a while to get done, I'm a perfectionist.
Takes me a while to get motivated, I'm a procrastinator

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

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

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

Word that describes you best?
Happy
Successful
Helpful
Understanding

Word that best describes you
Practical
Ambitious
Adventurous
Nerdy
Organized

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

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

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

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

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

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

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