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!

Word that best describes you
Nerdy
Adventurous
Practical
Organized
Ambitious

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Successful
Helpful
Understanding
Happy

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.

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

Favorite way to spend your free time?
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
Doing puzzles or creating things that involve putting pieces together

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Microwave
Meat thermometer
Blender
Spatula

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

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

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