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Engineering EthicsEngineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineersare expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has adirect and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services providedby engineers require honest, impartiality, fairness and equity, and must be dedicated to theprotection of the public health, safety and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standardof professional behavior which requires adherence to the highest principles of ethicalconduct.Engineering is closely involved in human relations and in business and commerce. A greatmany of the special problems in personal conduct met by engineers are likely to arise fromthis fact. Ethics means something more than "law" and "morals" , it carries an additionalconnotation of "rightness". The Code is a statement of the principles of "rightness", of broadscope and with enough detail to enable an intelligent man to deduce for himself the course ofhis own professional conduct. The essence of all professional codes is that the professionalman must be worthy, through his conduct, of the trust placed in him by the community andhis colleaguesTo act every situation in a manner that will add to the confidence and esteem in which hisprofession is held by the community. A profession is no better than its individual members. Ifthey do not have the professional attitude and live by the rules of the profession, they have noprofession. Most professional engineers adopt an institutional view of the organizations of theprofession: deserving, even requiring, the loyalty of each engineer as an expression of hisidentity as a professional engineer. Organizations are the manifestation of the professionalentity and they require the giving of effort, loyalty and financial support without thought todirect personal gain. Instrumental view of the professional organizations: support is given,sometimes grudgingly, on the basis of an expected return in some tangible form. Theinstrumental view should have no place in the value system of the man who aspires to trueprofessional status.
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