Every choice of career has its own rules and regulations that its people abide by. It also has its own code of ethics that everyone in that industry should uphold. There are some codes that may be specific to a given country but there are also some that apply across the board. Engineering is considered as a very important profession and engineers are held in high esteem in the society. Members who subscribe to this profession are expected to exhibit certain traits including but not limited to the likes of honesty and integrity. All engineers learn from school some of the codes of ethics that all engineers are expected to uphold that include:
All engineers are expected to only perform duties in their areas of specialization and competence. For instance, an electrical engineer is not supposed to be performing the duties of a mechanical engineer. This means that their qualifications should be by education and/or experience in their various fields.
They are supposed to uphold themselves in a manner that depicts honor, responsibility and integrity so as to maintain and uphold the reputation of the profession.
Engineers shall not take part in any deceptive acts. In undertaking their tasks, no falsification of documents to misrepresent their true qualifications and competence for the job shall be done. They shall also not receive, offer or solicit any contract that could influence in any way the award of a given contract either directly or indirectly. In the event of any errors, they shall acknowledge and make no distortion to the facts.
Engineers are required to decline any outside employment contracts aside from their employers’. Before accepting any outside contracts, prior communication and permission shall be sought from the employer.
Personal interests shall be put off before the profession. An engineer’s should not promote any personal interests before that of their profession which has the ability to in dignify or taint the integrity of the profession.
Engineers shall keep all confidential information confidential. They have no right to disclose any details pertaining to any contracts or business processes to any body without the consent of all interested parties.
Engineers are required to keep abreast with the changes and developments in the industry by regularly engaging in professional practice and participating in education seminars, trainings and reading literature.
All an engineer’s designs, data collected and records shall remain the property of the employer. The employer is however required to indemnify the engineer in the event that the information is used other than its original intended purpose.
An engineer may use the designs provided by their client for a task only specified by the client in question. The designs shall remain in explicit ownership of the client and may not be used anywhere else without consent from the client.
All credit shall be given where due. All persons working on a project alongside an engineer shall be credited for their work and participation for the success of the project. Whenever possible, names shall be provided.
Non association to a corporation or a partnership shall not be used by engineers as leeway to participate in unethical malpractice in the profession such as cheating in homework or work office. Engineers are required to conform to the laws of practice within their area of jurisdiction.
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