Engineering Ethics: The Space Shuttle Challenger (Video On Demand)

Course Number: ET-2031
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Jesse Miller, CET
Type: Video on Demand - video is streamed directly to your computer.
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This Video on Demand course is a recording of a live webinar that was held by PDHengineer. As a recording of a live event, you will hear the discussion that occurred between the instructor and those who attended this webinar.

In Engineering Ethics: The Space Shuttle Challenger, you'll learn ...

  • Key design aspects of the solid rocket boosters
  • Investigative details and findings about the accident
  • How the launch decision changed from an engineering decision to a manager's decision
  • How lessons drawn from this tragedy apply to the fundamental canon of ethics for engineers


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Credit: 2 PDH

On January 28th, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off from launch pad LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center. 73 seconds later, the shuttle completely disintegrated. All was lost, including its seven crew members.

This terrible and historic tragedy was wrought neither by any individual nor by design defect alone. It was the result of complex social and political pressures on a collision course with Mother Nature and one ill-fated connection between rocket booster segments. Could this tragedy have been averted by using stricter ethical guidelines in the decisions that were made?

In this webinar, we will examine and discuss in detail the events, decisions, and other contributing factors that led up to this terrible accident. We will also deduce the lessons learned from such a complex case study so that we may all be better prepared to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

Special Note: Course ET-2008W and ET-2031 are alternate presentations of the same course material. Therefore, only one version, either the 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 historical framework for the Challenger launch
  • Launch details and events leading up to the accident
  • A full analysis of the causes of the accident
  • Different perspectives that influenced the decision to launch: an engineer's perspective, an engineering manager's perspective, an executive's perspective
  • The role that weather played in the launch schedule
  • How politics, diplomacy, and ethics played a role in the event
  • Ethical lessons that can be applied to your practice as an engineer

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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