L13-Engineering Responsibility

L13-Engineering Responsibility - ENGR 482 Engineering &...

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    ENGR 482 Engineering & Ethics Responsible Engineers
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    Assigned reading: o Harris, Prichard & Rabins, Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases , Chapter 5: “Responsible Engineers” o These slides can be found at: o http://ceprofs.tamu.edu/rjames/
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    Most valuable attributes of an engineer o Character: o Honesty & Integrity o (virtues) o Responsibility o (reliability) o Skills & knowledge: o Technical knowledge o Analytical skills o Computation skills o Communication skills
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    Responsible--definition o Responsible: 1) liable to be called on to answer; liable to legal review or in case of fault to penalties; 2) able to answer for one’s conduct and obligations; able to choose for oneself between right and wrong. .. (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary)
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    Responsibilities of engineers o Legal responsibilities: Not to cause harm; to compensate when harm is caused; to practice in accord with Engineering Practices Act o Moral responsibilities: To recognize and discharge our duties and obligations; understand and adhere to a Code of Ethics
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    Responsibilit y: Seeing what needs to be done…
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    …and doing it!
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    Ways in which harm is caused o Intentionally--this is often criminal o Recklessly--acting in a way that we recognize might cause harm o Negligently--by failing to exercise due care
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    Three models of responsibility o Minimalist or Malpractice model o Reasonable Care model o Good Works or Supererogation model
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    Minimalist or Malpractice model of responsibility: o Engineers have a duty only to conform to accepted practice and fulfill only basic duties prescribed by terms of employment. o Those who would follow this model might be most concerned with not doing anything “wrong”. o “That’s not my responsibility, someone else will take care of that.” (Example: the Gilbane Gold case)
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    Reasonable Care Model of Responsibility: o Adhere to accepted standards of practice, and. ..
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course PHIL 482 taught by Professor Harris during the Fall '02 term at Texas A&M.

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L13-Engineering Responsibility - ENGR 482 Engineering &...

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