This compact reference succinctly explains the engineering profession's codes of ethics using case studies drawn from decisions of the National Society of Professional Engineers' (NSPE) Board of Ethical Review, examining ethical challenges in engineering, construction, and project management. It includes study questions to supplement general engineering survey courses and a list of references to aid practicing engineers in exploring topics in depth.
Concentrating primarily on situations engineers encounter on a daily basis and offering pragmatic answers to ethical questions, What Every Engineer Should Know About Ethics discusses recent headline-making disasters such as the Challenger explosion, the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, and the Hyatt-Regency Hotel collapse; considers the merits and drawbacks of professional codes of ethics; covers the application of the "committee approach" to specific cases; compares and contrasts ethical codes and personal values with alternative approaches to morality; defines professional licensing and registration and enumerates their prerequisites; outlines legal standards for liability; emphasizes the importance of communication, coordination, and documentation; includes a discussion of "whistleblowing;" defines the engineer's primary ethical responsibility; and more.
Table of Contents
Problem-solving engineering ethics; defining engineering ethics; ethical technologies in engineering, construction, and project management; continuing professional development in engineering; professional engineering licensing and registration laws; the engineers creed and the order of the engineer; what constitutes professionalism?; working within your discipline; reasonable safety versus foolproof design; compensation and employment ethics; ethics in forensic (legal) consulting; whistleblowing; international ethics; the first fundamental canon and the second mile; selected case studies. Appendix: engineering codes of ethics; model guide for professional conduct of the American Association of Engineering Societies; NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers; code of ethics for the project management profession; AACE International Canon of Ethics; American Society of Civil Engineers Code of Ethics; IEEE Code of Ethics.
". . ..a terrific read. Each chapter is packed with ideas and concepts. "
". . .a valuable addition to professional engineers and organisations, to understand and adopt ethics in their professional activities and services. "
---Journal of Structural Engineering
"...provides a comprehensive and compelling guide to ethical behaviour in the workaday engineering world. The impressive thoroughness of the analyses contained within the [Board of Ethical Reviews] case studies, and within the other illustrative examples, offers a standard worthy of emulation in similar circumstances elsewhere. In essence, there is something here for everyone who is interested in learning more about utilitarian solutions to ethical dilemmas."
---Canadian Institute of Geomatics, 2001