The Shocking Truth About Ethical Choices Faced by Engineers (WEBINAR)

Course Number: ET-2006W
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Robert J. Scoff, P.E.
Scheduled: Tuesday, December, 05, 2017, 11:00am - 1:00pm ET (10am CT, 9am MT, 8am PT)
Type: Live Interactive Webinar
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In The Shocking Truth About Ethical Choices Faced by Engineers , you'll learn ...

  • How ethical choices can be influenced by pressures placed on the professional engineer by those around him
  • How to deal with issues concerning inside information, trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements when a professional engineer changes employment
  • How your obligation to protect the safety and welfare of the public goes beyond meeting the “minimum” regulatory requirements

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So, what is the SHOCKING TRUTH about ethical choices faced by engineers?

The shocking truth is that ethical choices are often VERY difficult decisions and that even GOOD engineers sometimes make bad choices because of external influences.

In this webinar, you’ll watch a compelling 39-minute video presentation entitled Incident at Morales, which was produced by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics. At several points in the video, webinar participants will engage in discussions about the difficult decisions faced by Fred, a young professional engineer responsible for designing a new plant to manufacture paint stripper.

It’s evident from the video that Fred is a principled man. But, he struggles with his conscience, as well as his obligations as a professional engineer when faced with some very tough issues:

  • Fred is hired by Phaust Chemical to design a new paint stripper plant. Phaust asks Fred to use knowledge gained from his previous employer, Chemitoil (a competitor of Phaust), when designing the new Phaust plant
  • The plant must be designed and constructed in record time, otherwise Phaust risks losing market share. Fred has to figure out how to take shortcuts without compromising quality and safety
  • Phaust chooses to locate the plant in Mexico because of less stringent environmental rules. Fred must decide whether to line the evaporation ponds to prevent seepage of hazardous substances into the groundwater, although local regulations don’t require the ponds to be lined
  • Fred must find ways to cut construction costs when Phaust’s parent company in France slashes the project budget by 20%
  • Fred recognizes that the brand of controllers used by Phaust on previous projects are very expensive. But, the VP of Engineering at Phaust has a brother-in-law who is the U.S. distributor for that controller brand. And Fred learns that cheaper controllers offered by competing companies have a tendency to fail
  • Given the mandate to reduce costs, Fred must choose between a high pressure alloy for the piping and equipment and a lower grade alloy which is marginal for the process conditions
  • When the competitor’s new paint remover is released on the market, the chemists at Phaust determine that a new formulation of its paint remover will be needed. The plant will require higher operating temperatures and pressures than originally designed for
  • The automatic controllers fail during commissioning of the plant. And leakage is observed at some of the pipe joints. Fred must decide whether to allow the plant to startup using manual control of the process combined with a maintenance program to address the leaky pipe joints

The compelling story told in the video will hit home with many engineers. In talking though the problems faced by Fred, you will begin to examine and refine your own decision-making process and how that process becomes the linchpin to the protection of the public.

Did Fred make the right decisions? Would you make the right decisions in the same situation? Reserve your seat right now to learn the answer to both of these questions.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • How ethical choices can be influenced by pressures placed on the professional engineer by those around him
  • How to deal with issues concerning inside information, trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements when a professional engineer changes employment
  • How your obligation to protect the safety and welfare of the public goes beyond meeting the “minimum” regulatory requirements
  • How project cost and schedule constraints can lead to very difficult ethical choices for the professional engineer
  • How the impact of a conflict of interest can extend far beyond the participants who are directly involved
  • What to do when significant changes to the project design basis are made after the project design has matured
  • How to respond when the demands of a project, employer, client or coworker run counter to your obligations as a professional engineer

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ATTENTION NEW YORK, WISCONSIN AND IOWA ENGINEERS: Your states specifically require a certain number of "live" credit hours as a part of your PDH requirement. Webinars from PDHengineer.com have been accepted by the New York State Board to fulfill this requirement. PDHengineer’s webinars also meet all requirements of the Wisconsin and Iowa Boards. This webinar is guaranteed to be accepted by your state board as live engineering PDH.

ATTENTION OHIO ENGINEERS: PDHengineer's webinars are "Timed and Monitored" to meet your state requirements. This means that you can use our webinars to fulfill your entire PDH requirement for Ohio. This webinar is guaranteed to be accepted by your state board as "timed and monitored" CPD credit.

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