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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Helpful
Happy
Successful

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Microwave
Meat thermometer
Blender
Spatula
Wire whisk

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Adventurous
Nerdy
Organized
Practical
Ambitious

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

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

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

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

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.

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes