Engineering is an important and learned profession. As a member of the engineering profession, professionals are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity. To continue this effectiveness, the services that you as an engineer provide require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public safety, health, and welfare. Engineers must adhere to a standard of professional behavior upholding the highest principles of ethical conduct. We call the standard of behavior “engineering ethics,” and embody it in the codes of ethics published by the state boards and by professional societies, such as NSPE.
In this second course, we will continue the direction of the NSPE Code of Ethics by looking at a few case studies and how the Code specifically applies in each case. We will look into a case involving the use of unlicensed software to create work products. We will review the concept of conflict of interest. Finally, we will discuss cases involving licensure and practicing in different states.