Microsoft_PowerPoint_-_Chapter6_Trust_and_Reliability_Compatibility_Mode_

Microsoft_PowerPoint_-_Chapter6_Trust_and_Reliability_Compatibility_Mode_

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6 TRUST AND RELIABILITY Case Study a) John is a co-op student who has a summer job with Oil Exploration, Inc. b) His friend Paul helped him get this high-paying summer job. c) While reviewing the field data for the last drilling report, John notices that a crucial step was omitted that involves the foreperson’s adding a certain test chemical to the lubricant being pumped into the test-drill site. Unfortunately Paul forgot to add the test chemical at the last drill site. d) John knows that Paul is likely to lose his job if his mistake comes to light. e) Should John withhold the information that the test for natural gas was not performed from his superiors? Should the information be withheld from the customer? Introduction n The main focus of this chapter is honesty in engineering practice. n In light of the long emphasis on honesty in our moral tradition, it is not surprising that engineering codes contain many references to honesty . “Engineers shall contain many references to honesty . “Engineers shall not permit the use of their name or firm name nor associate in business ventures with any person or firm which they have reasons to believe is engaging in fraudulent or dishonest business or professional practices.” “Engineers shall avoid deceptive ads in the solicitation of professional employment." Engineers shall be objective and truthful in professional reports, statements or testimony. They shall include all relevant and pertinent information in such reports, statements, or testimony.” Forms of Dishonesty n 1) Lying: To lie, a person must intentionally or at least knowingly convey false or misleading information. “A lie is a statement believed to be false or seriously misleading, made with the intention to deceive”. Have three elements:- First a lie ordinarily involves something that is believed to be false or seriously misleading.- Second, a lie is ordinarily stated in words.- Third, a lie is made with the intention to deceive. 2) Deliberate Deception : Misrepresentation of one’s own expertise. One can misrepresent the value of certain products or designs by praising their advantages inordinately. 3) Withholding information : We can say in more general terms that omitting or withholding information is practicing a form of dishonesty . 4) Failure to seek out the truth : Honesty is part of what is involved in being a responsible engineer who is committed to finding the truth. Why is Dishonesty wrong? n The term honest has such a positive connotation and the term dishonest such a negative one that we forget that telling the full truth may sometimes be wrong and concealing the truth may sometimes be the right thing to do. n Consider dishonesty from the standpoints of the ethics of respect for persons and utilitarianism; each can provide valuable suggestions. Why is Dishonesty wrong?...
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