Professional Ethics for New York Engineers (Revised 2017)

Course Number: ET-1048
Credit: 1 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Edward P. Brunet, Jr., P.E.
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Overview

In Professional Ethics for New York Engineers (Revised 2017), you'll learn ...

  • Why it is important to avoid even the perception of a conflict of interest
  • The casuistry method of determining right and wrong based on previous events
  • Case study of bribery in the evaluation of bid proposals involving US Army Corps of Engineers projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

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Credit: 1 PDH

Length: 18 pages

This course focuses on three elements of professional misconduct:

Applicable sections of the code are cited, followed by a discussion of these topics in some depth.

The issue of conflicts of interest is discussed. You’ll learn the difference between an actual and an apparent conflict of interest. You’ll learn that there are many nuances in every discussion of right and wrong and how we can view these nuances on what might be called a “continuum.”

For example, most people would agree that stealing a car is wrong. But, what about picking up a quarter that you saw somebody drop on the street? Is that wrong? Would it make a difference if you didn’t see who dropped it and thus you don’t know who it belongs to? Does the value of the item determine whether taking the item rises to the level of theft? Or do other factors come into play? You’ll see the continuum in action as we go through a case study involving accepting gifts from vendors and equipment suppliers.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The difference between a real and an apparent conflict of interest
  • Moral reasons for the increasing intolerance of bribery in business dealings throughout the world
  • Differences between paradigm and problematic cases in the casuistry method of determining right and wrong
  • The tools you need for determining when a rule against taking bribes is being violated
  • Why the size or value of a gift from a vendor is not the only factor in determining whether it is appropriate or not
  • How seemingly small changes in circumstances can make a difference in how one might judge a situation with regards to conflicts of interest

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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This course is applicable to professional engineers in:
New York (P.E.)
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