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Ethics for Engineers

Course Outline

Engineering profession is considered to be of vital importance to the safety, health and welfare of the public. In order to serve the public effectively and ensure the well-being of the society, all engineers must not only possess and maintain a high level of technical expertise and competence, but also perform under the standard of professional conduct with adherence to the highest ethical principles. The ethical principles governing the engineering profession are embodied in codes of ethics and standards of professional conduct. Such codes and standards have been adopted by state boards of registration, professional engineering societies and even by some private industries. In this course, you will be asked to study the Ethics Manual by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this two-hour course, the student will be familiar with

Course Content

The fundamental principles of conduct of engineer include truth, honesty, impartiality, fairness, equity and trustworthiness in their service to the society, which is holding engineering professions accountable for decisions that affects quality of life. The purpose of this course is to provide positive stimulus for ethical conduct as well as helpful guidance and advice for handling ethical dilemmas and making ethical decisions as a engineer. You are required to study the following document:

ASCE Ethics Manual

Although the document was developed by ASCE for civil engineers, the principles, the guidelines, and the basic requirements for ethical conduct should be applicable to engineers in all disciplines.

You need to open or download those documents to study this course.

Course Summary

To safeguard the life, health, property and welfare of the public, licensed professional engineers and land surveyors must follow the code of ethics and the standards of professional conduct. This course is intended to emphasize the commitment that all engineers have toward integrity and ethical business conduct. The Standards of Professional Conduct simply documents the good judgment and honesty with which professional engineers have always conducted their daily business.

Related Link

National Institute for Engineering Ethics

Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science

Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

Take a Quiz

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.