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 â€œto 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 ...view middle of the document...
So, the engineering groups have had to work at maximum speed and under a great deal of pressure. Jim Grimaldi has become increasingly concerned about the work of the groups under Joan Dreer supervision.
Jim has not found any of the groups under Joanâ€™s supervision out rightly refusing to work. But, they do seem to have been dragging their feet in small ways so that sometimes they miss their deadlines. The other groups have also been showing some reluctance to cooperate with the groups under Joan Dreerâ€™s supervision. So , Jim has become increasingly concerned about the impact Joan Dreerâ€™s presence seems to be having on his ability to meet deadlines, and he is concerned about how this might affect his own career. He is also worried about the safety factor involved in the brake design.
Based on the information provided on the case, it appears to be a case in which duties of justice, to Joan and to woman generally conflict with the safety, health and welfare of the general public. If viewed in this light, it may seem reasonable to conclude that, while social justice is important as a long term goal, the more urgent and immediate concern is public safety which if not accorded primary importance, may result in deaths and serious injuries. However there may be a way of resolving the difficulties without removing Joan from her supervisory position. One alternative is to have a meeting of all of the engineers that Joan supervises and of the engineers in the groups that are not cooperating with Joanâ€™s group together with Joan herself and Jim. The purpose of such a meeting would be to try to get peopleâ€™s feelings expressed openly and to try to clear the air. This meeting with no doubt , be unpleasant specially for Joan, who may be unwilling to subject herself to such an ordeal. But the end result might be an eventual meeting of minds or at least an accommodation that would enable the groups to function effectively and in a timely fashion. Of course, the risk is that the meeting, and the expression of feelings, resentment, etc.; might make matters worse. However, it would be a risk worth talking specially if the current state of affair were unacceptable, since it may salvage something from the current situation. It would have to be made clear to everyone that, whatever the outcome, future work must be of acceptable high quality and also must be complete of schedule.
What if Joan and the male engineers can not reach a suitable accommodation? It is unlikely that attempting to coarse the engineers into changing their behavior in a satisfactory would be successful. Even if the resisting engineerâ€™s could all be replaced, which his highly unlikely, firing them seems too drastic. Thus, if something must give, removing Joan from her supervisory position seems to be a lesser evil than removing the engineers that she is now supervising. However, before talking further action, Jim should re-examine his own attitudes about woman supervisor at...