This practical and essential text, co-authored by an engineer and an ethicist, covers ethical dilemmas that any engineer might encounter on the job, emphasizing the responsibility of a practicing engineer to act in an ethical manner. To illustrate the complexities involved, the authors present characters who encounter situations that test the engineering code of ethics. The dialogue between the characters highlights different perspectives of each dilemma. As they proceed through the book, students see how the code of ethics can help in decision making, as well as the implications of various decisions. The philosophical theory that supports the ethical situations encountered is presented as boxed material following each section.
Table of Contents
1. DOING THE RIGHT THING.
Deception. Keeping Promises. Doing the Right Thing. Theft of Music. Obligations to Strangers. Moral Rules. Discussion Questions. References.
2. THE ENGINEERING PROFESSION.
On Being a Professional. Technical Expertise and Ethical Obligations. Organization of Professional Engineering. Can We Afford To Be Ethical? Engineering Codes of Ethics. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Code of Ethics. Can a Person Stop Being an Engineer? Ethically Right for Me? Ethics as Decision-Making Models. Discussion Questions. References.
3. ENHANCE HUMAN WELFARE.
Moral Responsibilities of Engineers. Weapons Research. Just-War Theory. Engineering and Terrorism. Engineers as Intelligent Robots. What Is Integrity? Discussion Questions. References.
4. HOLD PARAMOUNT.
Why Can't Ethicists be as Efficient as Engineers? Medical Ethics. Legal Ethics. Legal and Moral Responsibility. Engineers Working Together. A Technical Challenge. Engineering Qualifications. Factors of Safety. Engineering Triumphs. Engineering Failures. Engineers as Managers. Acceptable Risk. Decision Making: Technical and Ethical Aspects. Consulting with Colleagues. Discussion Questions. References.
5. SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC.
Ethical and Legal Obligations. The Moral Status of Animals. Ethical Dilemmas. Calculating the Value of Life. Fix Up Your Organization Ethically. Whistleblowing I. Whistleblowing II. Whistleblowing III. Disaster in Kansas City. Options. Peace Engineering. Whistleblowing in Our Age of Terrorism and Surveillance. Ethically Right For Me? II. Trusting the Experts. Deception II. Confidentiality. Loyalty to the Firm. Discussion Questions. References.
6. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
Networking. Academia. Famous Engineers in History. Discussion Questions. References.
7. SOLICIT OR ACCEPT GRATUITIES.
Deception III. Corporate Gift Policies. Climate Change. Distant People. Future People. Discussion Questions. References.
8. SELF-LAUDATORY LANGUAGE.
Advertising. Discussion Questions.
9. CONTRIBUTIONS IN ORDER TO SECURE WORK.
Competitive Bidding. Bribery and the Law. When in Rome. Ethical Dilemmas II. Human Rights II. Discussion Questions. References.
10. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF OTHERS.
The Existential Pleasures of Engineering. Jokes about Engineers. Vegetarianism. Empathy. Reverence for Life. The Ethics of Asking and the Ethics of Giving. Maintaining the Quality of Engineering Education. Affirmative Action. Discussion Questions. References.
11. OVERSEAS WORK.
Environmental Racism. Human Rights III. Politicians and their Reputations. Discussion Questions. References.
12. UPHOLD THE HONOR AND DIGNITY.
Manners. Workplace Harassment. Discussion Questions.
13. FAITHFUL AGENTS.
Conflicts of Interest I. Who Owns Your Mind? Discussion Questions.
14. AVOID CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
Safety. Professional Registration. Conflict of Interest II. Why Be a Good Engineer? Discussion Questions. References.
15. OBJECTIVE AND TRUTHFUL MANNER.
Professional Respect. Engineers and the Media. Discussion Questions.