The January Ethical Dilemma: Obligations to Clients and Public Safety

Board concludes that Sam did the appropriate thing in coming forward to his client with the information and also by documenting the information for possible future reference as appropriate.

2024-01-22T13:48:25-05:00January 15th, 2024|Ethical Dilemma|12 Comments

The December Ethical Dilemma: Recruitment Finder’s Fee

Engineer Raymond received an unsolicited letter and explanatory material from a commercial firm engaged in manpower placement, offering a monetary bonus to Raymond if he provided names of qualified engineers (and other technical disciplines listed in the brochure).

2023-12-22T15:09:43-05:00December 18th, 2023|Ethical Dilemma|12 Comments

The November Ethical Dilemma: Disclosure of Previous Work by a Consultant

Engineer Mitch agrees to provide consulting services to RMF, Inc., in connection with the development of a new product for manufacture. He develops a preliminary report, which is approved, then develops the design for the product. Mitch and RMF, Inc., do not negotiate any terms in their agreement relating to the actual ownership of the design of the product.

2023-12-22T15:10:56-05:00November 20th, 2023|Ethical Dilemma|10 Comments

September Ethical Dilemma: Competent to Accept Reassignment?

Engineer Larry is a professional engineer employed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Because of a substantial decrease in the work load, Larry was informed that his position with the Corps’ River Basin Planning Section was being abolished and that he would be reassigned.

2023-09-25T17:02:51-04:00September 18th, 2023|Ethical Dilemma|6 Comments

The August Ethical Dilemma: Engineers & Politics

Engineer Sam is a candidate for the state legislature from a district in which there is a substantial percentage of unskilled workers who are represented by a union. In a particular plant where many of these employees work, the third worker in a year was killed recently in an industrial accident.

2023-08-21T14:43:14-04:00August 14th, 2023|Ethical Dilemma|17 Comments

The July Ethical Dilemma: Conflict of Interest – Feasibility Study

Engineer Brad is retained by the county to perform a feasibility study and make recommendations concerning location of a new power facility in the county. Two parcels of land located on a river have been identified by the county as the “candidates” for facility sites.

2023-08-14T15:09:10-04:00July 17th, 2023|Ethical Dilemma|3 Comments
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