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Ethics in ME Professional Practice

Mark P. Rossow, PhD, PE Retired

Course Outline

This two-hour online course describes and presents examples of ethical principles applicable to engineering practice.

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

Learning Objective

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for engineers seeking to learn ethical principles and how to apply them to their professional practice.

Benefit to Attendees

An attendee would gain familiarity with a prominent and well-respected ethics code and would be able to recognize situations to which it applies.

Course Introduction

Many engineering organizations have drafted codes of ethics to which their members are required to commit.  Generally, these codes are quite similar and are based on a few fundamental principles which provide guidance to professional engineers in common situations.  Nevertheless, there are many difficult or ambiguous situations in which the best ethical solution is difficult to determine

Course Content

This course is based on American Society of Mechanical Engineers Professional Practice Curriculum, Volume 8, Section: Engineering Ethics.

Ethics in ME Professional Practice

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Course Summary

In this course, background on the philosophical models that guide ethical behavior is discussed and then applied to specific situations in engineering codes of ethics.

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

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center 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 architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.