Ethical Dilemmas Of Ethics In Engineering

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Engineering is an important and learned profession. It is closely involved in human relations and in business and commerce. We create products and processes to improve food production, shelter, energy, communication, transportation, health, and protection against natural calamities to enhance the convenience of our everyday lives. We constantly encounter both moral and technical problems concerning variability in the materials available to them, the quality of work by co-workers at all levels, pressures imposed by time and the whims of the marketplace, and relationships of authority within corporations. A basic ethical dilemma is that an engineer has the duty to report to the appropriate authority a possible risk to others from a client or…show more content…
It can be external whistle blowing – that is when information is passed outside the organization or internal whistle-blowing when the information is conveyed to someone within the organization but outside approved channels or against pressures to remain silent. The individual can choose to be an open whistle blower whereby the individual openly reveal their identity or an anonymous whistle blower which involves concealing one’s…show more content…
There is reasonable hope that whistle-blowing can help prevent or remedy the harm. It is clear that a decision to whistle-blow is a serious matter that deserves careful reflection. There are several rules of practical advice and common sense that should be heeded before taking this action. Except for extremely rare emergencies, I will always try working first through normal organizational channels. Get to know both the formal and informal (unwritten) rules for making appeals within the organization. Besides that, I will be prompt in expressing objections. Waiting too long may create the appearance of plotting for our advantage and seeking to embarrass a supervisor. I will also proceed in a tactful, low-key manner. I will be considerate of the feelings of others involved and always keep focused on the issues themselves, avoiding any personal criticisms that might create antagonism and deflect attention from solving those issues. As much as possible, I will keep supervisors informed of my actions, both through informal discussion and formal memorandums. I will be accurate in my observations and claims, and keep formal records documenting relevant
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