From Engineering, Business and Professional Ethics
What's the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons
Civil engineers build targets
[W]e must remember that good laws, if they are not obeyed, do not constitute good government. Hence there are two parts of good government: one is the actual obedience of citizens to the laws, the other part is the goodness of the laws which they obey
This chapter will investigate ethical and professional ethical codes. It will review:
The purpose of codes, deciding at whom they are primarily aimed.
Elements that are essential in a workable practical ethical code.
The concept of the 'profession' and the 'professional code'.
As each profession and organization seem to have developed its own separate and individual code we will enquire why is this the case, and if it is possible to have only one single professional code for use by all? A brief methodology will be included to guide those wishing to write their own code.
A selection of existing engineering codes from the United Kingdom and overseas is appended to the chapter and these will be examined to highlight the issues raised above.
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Background In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in the ethical behaviour of both business and the professions. Customers, clients and employees have begun to search for, and...
Existing Codes Layout and Content Having studied the background to professional codes we are in a position to review the structure and contents of a selection of existing codes. There is a great...
ETHICS IN ENGINEERING PROFESSION Ethical issues in the engineering profession are becoming more prevalent as companies are competing for the same market with greater demands on engineers or...
The Professional Code All these trust in their hands; and everyone is wise in his work. Without these cannot a city be inhabited; and they shall not dwell where they will. But they will maintain...
Engineers, as members of a profession, are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical manner. By this is meant that engineers must be aware of the standards of professional conduct (the ethical...