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4.5 Professional Ethics

Displaying strong engineering ethics by evaluating and applying the merits, risks, and social concerns of activities in engineering.

  • 4.5.1 Practice in an ethical manner, with personal and professional integrity.
    • 4.5.2 Abide by one or more applicable (e.g., employer, professional society, client) strict code of ethics and behavior, even in the face of opposition.
      • 4.5.3 Encourage others to behave ethically.
        • 4.5.4 Understand that behaving ethically goes beyond what the law requires.
          • 4.5.5 Use company time and property responsibly.
            • 4.5.6 Perform work-related duties according to laws, regulations, contract provisions, and company policies.
              • 4.5.7 Respect the need for confidentiality, when appropriate.
                • 4.5.8 Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional and ethical interests to determine an appropriate course of action.
                  • 4.5.9 Distinguish between a legal or management issue and an ethical matter.
                    • 4.5.10 Assemble appropriate resources to assist in the resolution of an ethical dilemma.
                      • 4.5.11 Formulate the solution to an ethical dilemma at the lowest management level possible, within the practice or management structure, and with the least amount of disruption as possible.
                        • 4.5.12 Select and take appropriate steps to record or to report to higher-level management or to public authorities in the event that an ethical matter is not adequately resolved in a manner consistent with the public health, safety, and welfare.
                          Knowledge Areas

                          • 4.5.13 Codes of ethics (professional and technical societies)
                            • 4.5.14 Agreements and contracts and contract law.
                              • 4.5.15 Ethical and legal considerations.
                                • 4.5.16 Professional liability.
                                  • 4.5.17 Public protection issues (e.g., licensing boards).
                                    • 4.5.18 NCEES Model Law and Model Rules.
                                      • 4.5.19 Intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trade secrets, patents).
                                        • 4.5.20 Conflicts of interest.