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Engineering the Future - Code of Ethics

1.5 PDHs |  Wednesday, March 24


Tara Hoke, Aff.M.ASCE 
Anna Pridmore, PH.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Purpose and Background

Engineering is consistently ranked by the general public in the U.S. as one of the top five ethical professions. Have we tricked the public or is this an honor we have truly earned? When you joined ASCE you made a commitment to subscribe to the ASCE Code of Ethics and even agreed to report any observed violations of the Code. Do you have a copy of and understand this Code? Do you consider ethics only during the hour your state licensing board may require ethics training? We have not tricked the public because we take ethics seriously and insist that others do also.

In this course, we will delve into the origin and evolution of ethics. It discusses ethical dilemmas, and it guides you to various sources to aid in decision making. This course also discusses the ASCE Code of Ethics as well as other formal and informal codes. The ASCE General Counsel discusses current hot topics, and the Director of Sustainability/International Alliances discusses global ethics. Both will be available to take questions.

Engineering is a proud, honorable, and ethical profession. This course allows you to contemplate and focus on the ethics that will guide you and the profession to the continued respect the public and our clients demand. This is the road all must all follow.

Primary Discussion Topics

  • Definition of ethics 
  • Ethical dilemmas 
  • ASCE Code of Ethics discussion

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore how professional ethics can change and grow across generations and recognize how this change is reflected in ASCE's new Code of Ethics 
  • Identify an engineer's ethical obligations now and perhaps in the future and how to apply them in real life situations 
  • Recognize the difference between legal compliance and adherence to a professional code of ethics 
  • Explain how ASCE enforces the code of ethics and member's responsibilities 
  • Locate available resources for assistance in addressing ethical questions or concerns

Course Benefits

This course provides the opportunity for attendees to:  

  • Reflect and focus on our ethical standards and your performance
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of ethics in general and the importance of an ethical workplace 
  • Develop an understanding of professional versus personal ethics 
  • Learn sound ethical decision making tools and where to go for help 
  • Learn the history and the evolution of the ASCE Code of Ethics including the global ethics initiative 
  • Review facts and outcomes of cases investigated by ASCE's committee on professional conduct

Intended Audience

Ethics transcends all engineering disciplines and specialties as well as all organizational levels. This course is designed to benefit all of these areas and consequently is applicable to engineers at any stage of their careers.

Course Outline

  • Exactly what are ethics?
  • How did the ASCE Code of Ethics come about?
  • What does the Code say and can I possibly live by it?
  • Where can I get help in making ethical decisions?
  • How does ASCE enforce the Code?
  • What does the ASCE General Counsel have to say?
  • What is ASCE's involvement in global ethics?

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