Questions tagged [ethics]

Questions about engineering ethics as it relates to professional practice, especially: professional organizations and licensing bodies; ethics review boards; topics on the PE/FE exams; etc. Not to be confused with liability or personal/individual morality.

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Ethics in an interview

I was wondering about the ethics of an interviewer asking to see your design notebooks in an interview. First off, I'm not sure if it's even legal for someone to ask that, since many of the designs I ...
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My customer wants to use my products to do something unsafe. What is my ethical obligation?

We sell products that attach to a motor drive's DC bus. We also formerly sold diode kits that let you hook one product up to multiple drives. We stopped selling those diode kits because they were ...
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Why were engineers negligent in the 1981 Hyatt Regency walkway collapse?

I was recently reading up on the 1981 Hyatt Regency walkway collapse. It was a tragic loss of life and haunts many to this day. The linked article does a better job of summarizing things, but here's ...
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What is an engineer's liability for code changes that occur after submitting a design?

What if any liability would an engineer have in the following situation? This is specifically in reference to engineering within the USA. An engineer produces a design and plans that meet the ...