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?
Outer space
A busy factory
A different city every week
My own special cubicle
A hospital
The great outdoors

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

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

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
Arrows
Lines
Clouds, airplanes, rockets, other things in the sky
Squares

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Blender
Meat thermometer
Wire whisk
Microwave
Spatula

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Adventurous
Nerdy
Organized
Practical

Word that describes you best?
Understanding
Successful
Helpful
Happy

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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.

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

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.

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
Doing puzzles or creating things that involve putting pieces together
Hanging out with friends and family

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