Managing Engineering and Technology Study Set 1

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Quiz 16 :

Engineering Ethics

Quiz 16 :

Engineering Ethics

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Which of the five categories of definitions that ethicists have developed for "ethics" do you feel best apply to your activities as an engineer?
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Ethics helps to differentiate between the right and wrong business practices. It is divided into five categories according to its nature as follows:
• Utilitarian
• Self interest
• Normative
• Right based
• Environmental
Activities of an engineer depend on the utilitarian approach of ethics. This view of morality seeks to maximize the good deed for maximum number of people; hence it provides an ideal way to complete engineering projects for the benefit of society. This view of ethics may sometimes disregard the individual; however by maximizing the efforts engineers can help the society to prosper.

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Describe the formal or informal code of ethical conduct established by your employer or by a company with which you are familiar. Did you have any training in ethics as a new hire?
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Code of Ethical conduct provides the guidelines for desired behavior of an employee, in an organization. The code of ethics might be formal or informal in nature. Consider the example of a construction firm having the formal code of conduct, as follows:
• The employees should never make any intentional changes to a project that might go against the wishes of a customer, without the customer's consent, in order to reduce manufacturing costs.
• The company expects its employees to provide the most safe and reliable solutions, that would function as intended beyond all reasonable doubt, to products whose faulty use may harm their users.
• The company expects its employee contribution towards an open and transparent workplace environment
• The employees are expected to inform their managers regarding any problem at the workplace.
The engineers haven't received any ethical training at the time of hiring, due to smaller size of the firm. However, they received a booklet summarizing the ethical policies of the company.

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Were the guidelines for Facilitating Solutions to Ethical Dilemmas in Professional Practice followed in the Boeing case study?
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Ethical dilemma represents a confusing situation regarding the correct action or behavior. A company provides the guidelines to their employees that help them in taking the correct decision during such situation.
The guidelines involving ethical dilemma were not followed by company B in the given case study. The company performed most of the steps elaborated in the guide; however it did not pursue them with regards to "the highest core of ethical values".
The company had hidden the documents of company L, stolen by the engineers. Later, it was found that the number of proprietary documents taken by company B from company L was many times the number that was disclosed by their attorneys. In this manner, the company did not seek to execute a solution with ethics in mind; instead, it sought for a solution that would protect its interests of obtaining government contracts.

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Identify the most important real or potential ethical problems facing you in your present position or one for which you are preparing. Select one and describe your position.
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How could the Hyatt Regency disaster have been prevented?
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Discuss one of the case studies listed in SOURCES.
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