Professional Ethics for Engineers (Video On Demand)
In Professional Ethics for Engineers, you'll learn ...
- A brief history of engineering ethics
- The National Society of Professional Engineers Code of Ethics
- The most common ethics violations and their consequences
- How to avoid conflicts of interest
Prior to 1900, professional societies generally subscribed to the belief that ethics was a matter of an engineer’s personal responsibility and not appropriate for a written code. That changed with the development of the first written codes of conduct for engineers in the early 1900s. These early codes emphasized the importance of an engineer's loyalty to his or her employer. It wasn't until the middle of the 20th century that engineering codes of ethics began addressing the engineer's obligation to the public.
On October 28, 1946, the Board of Directors of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) adopted a "Canon of Ethics for Engineers" that was prepared by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD), which is now the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The ECPD/ABET model, which has evolved over the years, is the basis for the codes of conduct enacted as law by the state engineering boards.
This one-hour, discussion-based webinar investigates the most common ethics violations prosecuted by state engineering licensing boards and provides guidance on how to ensure that you don't end up on the wrong side of a board disciplinary hearing. Additionally, we will discuss conflicts of interest and how these conflicts can create serious problems for engineers. Through case studies, students engage in real-life scenarios where engineers have faced ethical dilemmas in professional practice.
Special Note: Course ET-1006, ET-1021W, and ET-1055 are alternate presentations of the same course material. Therefore, only one version, either the course, webinar, or video on demand can be taken during a renewal cycle. If you have any questions regarding course eligibility, please contact our Customer Service Team.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- A short history of engineering ethics and codes of conduct
- The fundamental canons of the NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers
- Why it is important to study and practice engineering ethics
- Potential consequences of unethical behavior
- The most common ethics violations prosecuted by state engineering licensing boards
- How to avoid conflicts of interest
Video on Demand
This course is a recorded version of a live lecture and will be streamed directly to your computer's media player. Our format is generally compatible with media players included with all computers and mobile devices. After watching the video presentation, you will return to your PDHengineer log in account to take the online quiz. While this is a recording of a live presentation, please note that this recording will not qualify as a "live" or "interactive" continuing education activity in those states where it is required.
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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