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Engineering and Energy - Subject Guide


Why Ethics and Engineering

Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honest, impartiality, fairness and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior which requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct. - Preamble from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics for Engineers

To generate value for their employer, professional engineers must be able to conduct research then apply the results to solving problems in an innovative fashion. Given the risks arising from engineering activities professional behaviour must always be shaped by an understanding of the ethical implications.

Codes of Ethics

Other Recommended Engineering Ethics Websites

    The Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) is an independent not-for-profit organisation which provides resources to assist in the understanding, identification and prevention of corruption in the infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors.
  • The IET Rules of Conduct
    Connect to The Institution of Engineering and Technology The IET) ethics
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. Our 80,000 members work at the heart of the country’s most important and dynamic industries.
    With a 160-year heritage supporting us, today’s Institution is a forward-looking, campaigning organisation. By working with leading companies, universities and think tanks, we create and share knowledge to provide government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering.