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!

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer
Blender
Microwave
Spatula

Word that describes you best?
Successful
Happy
Helpful
Understanding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Nerdy
Practical
Adventurous
Ambitious
Organized

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
Someplace in the middle
Huge, like the government
A small company, with a few dedicated people I'm close to

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

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

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 through art or something I create
Expressing myself directly, like writing my thoughts down or speaking to groups

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

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