ET00 – Ethics for Engineering –  3 Modules

Regular Price $269.00 – 1 Year Access – 3 PDH Credits

The importance of ethics and the issues inherent for engineering professionals are the focus of this course. Early in his or her career it is essential for the engineer to understand and assess the ethical in addition to the technical considerations.
Through the use of case studies, the ethical considerations and possible dilemmas that can arise on a project are examined.  Case studies include; General Motors’ attempt at an air-cooled engine, the U.S.A’s dealings with the Iranian oil crisis, and the compliance of German engineers in the construction and maintenance of the extermination camps.

This course will give the engineer an ethical framework to develop a code, analyze the issues when working on engineering projects that include unfamiliar cultural or political systems.  This course offers three professional development hours for engineers


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Module 2 - Engineering Ethics Case studies

Ethics For Engineers Course includes 3 modules:

Ethics Modules:

Ethics for Engineers I: Introduction to Ethical Principles
Ethics for Engineers II: Application and Case Studies
Ethics for Engineers III: Practicing Engineering Ethics in a Complex World

Each module provides 1 PDH

Software & Hardware Requirements:

•56k or Greater Internet Connection
•Adobe Acrobat® Reader for the .pdf files
•Adobe® Flash® Player 8 or higher
•Modern DHTML Compatible Browser
•Ram: 256 MB minimum
•Sound card with speakers/headphones
•Windows or Mac OS


Ethics for Engineers I: Introduction to Ethical Principles  1 PDH

Part one outlines how ethical principles evolve and the necessity for engineering to develop and use them at the earliest stages in their career.  It is essential to have a framework or code of ethics to ensure that when a crisis arises the engineer has the ability to deal with the situation appropriately.

An important consideration in developing ethics is to understand the context within the cultural and political situation.  Not only do engineers need to consider the technical design of a product, but also the cultural and ethical context in which the design is practiced.

Ethics for Engineers II: Application and Case Studies 1 Professional Development Hour

How can ethics can be applied by engineers?  Part two emphasis is on the increasingly cross-cultural and international nature of engineering projects and how to interact within these environments.

This module explores how human relationships and culture influence technology, and most importantly provides guidelines for engineers on how to interact ethically within the society their work affects (the impact constituency).
Both ethical and technical problems of technology transfer are examined.  Case studies include; the Iranian oil crisis, Fords’ attempt to introduce US made tractors into the Soviet Union in the 1930’s, and the attempted relocation of a plant from Carolina to Mexico.

Not only must engineering maintain their technical skills and education, but be increasingly aware of the cultural and ethical considerations in their projects.

Ethics for Engineers III: Practicing Engineering In A Complex World 1 PDH

Learn how to avoid cultural oversight that can undermine your effectiveness as an engineer and your project.

Case study include; U.S. engineers’ cultural and ethical errors in dealing with the Shah of Iran during that country’s oil crisis.
Avoidance of cultural biases and the necessity for an engineer to develop an ethical framework are examined.  When dealing in a cross-cultural situation ethical decisions are far reaching and require determination.  On occasion an engineer may even be required to  “blow the whistle” on a project which is clearly in violation of ethical principles.   Decisions such as these are to made on the factual aspects of the job and also require the engineer to rely on past experience, education and judgement to arrive at an informed conclusion.