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

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

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.

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Happy
Successful
Helpful
Understanding

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

Word that best describes you
Ambitious
Nerdy
Adventurous
Organized
Practical

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Spatula
Wire whisk
Microwave
Meat thermometer
Blender

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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
Sitting at a desk all day
Working in isolation
Constantly being distracted and having to switch tasks