Complete Engineer - Professionalism and Ethics

  • Complete Engineer - Professionalism and Ethics

Professionalism & Ethics

Engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineers must hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public. Those whom engineers serve deserve nothing less.

The NSPE Code of Ethics states, “Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct.”

In college, you can develop this important competency by making sound choices regarding academic integrity (i.e. doing your own work) and always being honest with those around you.

Professionalism & Ethics Growth Model

Exposure Exposure

Student is open to learning about relevant professional code(s) of ethics as well as key elements of professionalism in the engineering industry.

Examples where further growth can happen:
  1. Attend an event with P&E components (NUBE).
  2. Participate in ENGR 010 where NSPE code of ethics and student code of conduct introduced.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical canons.

Engagement Engagement

Student engages in self-reflection of the professional, ethical, and respectful nature of their behavior. Students can identify opportunities for growth.

Examples where further growth can happen:
  1. Attend conference or training focused on P&E (Comp Eng, Resp Research).
  2. Develop statement that outlines values and how intersects with professional identify as an engineer.
  3. Assess where canons fit into personal/professional lives.

Transformation check-circle-1(status)

Student demonstrates growth, change, or positive shift in behavior, knowledge, skills, or abilities to act professionally, ethically and respectfully within an engineering context. Student exhibits knowledge of an engineer’s role in improving the health, safety, and welfare of society.

Examples where further growth can happen:
  1. Demonstrate how values influenced professional behavior and ethical choices during coop/capstone experience.
  2. Address areas where canons do not fit into personal/professional lives.

Students are exposed to developing this core competency by taking one of these courses:

City Campus - Lincoln (L) / Scott Campus - Omaha (O)

All engineering coursework will provide opportunities to enhance the ethics competency.

Opportunities for further development in this core competency can include: