Ethics of Engineering
Final Exam Essay
October 30, 2015
In the business world, both ethics and morals are a requirement in the corporate world. Employees are faced with moral and ethical issues each day. It is critical for an engineer to maintain an ethical reputation within his / her career. The main principles that an engineer should work and live by are “to hold paramount of the safety, health and welfare of the public. They should perform services only in areas of their competence, act for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, avoid deceptive acts and conduct themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically and lawfully. This essay will discuss the ethical and moral issues through the exposure of a case.
The case that we will discuss is about Joan Dreer. She is a engineer that has been with Sunnyvale division for several months now. Several months ago, I was sent a new engineer from our plant in Los Angeles. They have decided that our branch would present the least amount of problems9 adjusting to a woman, and have insisted that we find a way to work things out. When Joan first arrived the plant, I took her around so she could get to know the men and the kind of work that was performed at this plant. Several of the engineers took me aside and let me know in no uncertain terms, that they didn’t want a woman to supervise their work. To make matters worse, Joan came on as a pushy and somewhat aggressive feminist. When one of the young engineers asked her if she was Miss Or Mrs., she retorted that her private life was her own affair and that he should get used to calling her Ms.
As a project engineer she has been supervising the work of several engineering groups involved in automotive brake design. As a project manager Jim Grimaldi is Joan Dreer supervisor. The contracts Joan Dreer’s group have been working on have tight deadlines and allow only extremely narrow margins for error. So, the engineering groups have had to work at...