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!

Favorite way to spend your free time?
Hanging out with friends and family
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

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Helpful
Happy
Successful
Understanding

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

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

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

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

Word that best describes you
Practical
Nerdy
Adventurous
Ambitious
Organized

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

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

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

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.

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Spatula
Blender
Microwave
Meat thermometer
Wire whisk

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