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  1. Engineering EthicsOct 8, 2013CaltechCarl Ruoff

  2. Ethics in Engineering • In Engineering, knowledge of mathematics and sciences gained by study, experience, and practice, is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize the materials and forces of nature for desired purposes • “With judgment”—where choices must be made between options which have varying degrees of ethical value and liability

  3. Engineering Rules of Practice • Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public in performing engineering duties • Perform services only in the area of your competence • Issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner • Act in professional matters for each employer or client as a faithful agent or trustee • Avoid improper solicitation of professional employment

  4. Professional Obligations-I Engineers shall: • Be guided by the highest standards of integrity • Strive to serve the public interest • Avoid all conduct that is likely to discredit the profession or deceive the public • Not disclose confidential information without consent • Not be influenced in their professional duties by conflicts of interest • Uphold the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for engineering work • Not compete unfairly with other engineers through criticism or by other improper or questionable methods

  5. Professional Obligations-II Engineers shall: • Not attempt to injure, maliciously or falsely, the professional reputation, prospects, practice, or employment of other engineers, nor indiscriminately criticize other engineers’ work. • Questions of illegal or unethical practice should be presented to the proper authorities for action • Accept personal responsibility for all professional activities • Give credit for engineering work where it is due and recognize proprietary interests of others • Cooperate in extending the effectiveness of the profession through professional information interchange, education, and fostering the professional development of those under their supervision

  6. Engineering Ethics Summary • Do honest, careful work in your area of competence • Promote public safety and well-being • Avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest • Promote the dignity of the profession • Don’t use dishonorable or dishonest means to acquire work or employment • Don’t steal • Don’t misappropriate intellectual property • Give credit where credit is due • Act as a faithful agent or trustee for employers or clients • Don’t make misleading or dishonest statements • No kickbacks, bribes Ethics aren’t just voluntary—violations could mean imprisonment, lawsuits, fines, or termination You can be sued for engineering malpractice