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Professional Ethics: Critical for Today’s Engineers

William A. (Trey) Brant, Ph.D.

Welcome to our course in professional ethics that is critical for today’s engineers!

Our quality of life is vastly and directly impacted by engineering. It is critical that engineers meet certain standards of behaviors and professionalism. But what are those standards? Do they differ from place to place? What is required from a professional engineer? In simple terms, engineers must be trusted.

Each engineer confronts ethical challenges at some point at work. Abiding by rules and codes of organizations, like The National Society of Professional Engineers, and following laws and employment contracts is often never enough.

Conflicts of interest occur. Developing technologies often have potential negative consequences. There are often clashing business interests about products. These clashing interests work against the interests of engineers to design and manufacture higher quality products. This happens for reasons, such as increasing sales and profits and the efficiency of the production of the number of units. Those reasons conflict with others, like improving reliability and safety or service quality.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to resolve conflicts of interest in an ethical manner. Specifically, you will learn practical methods for analyzing your professional work in your particular industry

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.