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Ethics are of special importance to practicing professionals, including engineers. Professions such as doctors, teachers, lawyers, and engineers have a greater responsibility to society to do their jobs ethically. In order to accomplish this though, it is important to understand what ethics really means. The actions that society finds acceptable versus the actions which society does not accept create the ethics by which a member of society must abide. From this definition, ethical action on the part of engineer can be partially simplified, (as it is in most codes of ethics from engineering organizations,) as the simple mandate that an engineer's greatest responsibility is to the public good. The following discussion is centered around what responsibility comes with being an engineer, the challenges an engineer faces, and some resources for helping an engineer fulfill his responsibility to do the public good.
To further motivate the discussion of ethics, we will present some more in depth discussion on just what ethics is, including some alternate definitions. We will then present some hypothetical situations in which the right and wrong are not so clearly defined. Concluding the discussion, we will talk about some existing engineering and related fields codes of ethics, and what help they may be to the practicing engineer.
How wrong is it to lie? Take the hypothetical situation where you are in charge of the software for the launch of a rocket that will put a satellite into space. The launch director requires that various people, including you and a meteorologist "sign off" on launching the rocket. The weather is very overcast, and lightning has been detected in the distance. The meteorologist gives the "OK" to launch the rocket. You, however, have serious doubts that the weather is suitable for a launch, but you are not a meteorologist. The software checks all complete successfully, and the software is in perfect working condition for launch....