Fatima Michael College of Engineering & Technology
From these senses of Engineering ethics, one can realize that it is the study of
What is morality?
given situation, (b) what is right or wrong in handling it, (c) what is good or bad about
the persons, policies and principles involved in it.
If an action is said to be morally right or a principle is said to be morally good,
then they are said to be had some moral reasons in supporting it.
Moral reasons include respecting others and ourselves, respecting the rights of
others, keeping promises, avoiding unnecessary problems to others and avoiding
cheating and dishonesty, showing gratitude to others and encourage them to work.
So, if an engineering decision is said to be a good one, it has to meet out all the
specifications. These specifications must be covered both the technical and the moral
specifications such as safety of the product, reliability, easy maintenance and the
product should be user-friendly with environment.
VARIETY OF MORAL ISSUES
There are so many engineering disasters which are greater / heavier than the
level of acceptable or tolerable risk. Therefore, for finding and avoiding such cases such
as nuclear plant accident at Chernobyl (Russia), Chemical plant at Bhopal (India) where
a big disaster of gas leakage, occurred in 1980, which caused many fatal accidents. In
the same way, oil spills from some oil extraction plants (the Exxon Valdez plant),
hazardous waste, pollution and other related services, natural disasters like floods, earth
quake and danger from using asbestos and plastics are some more cases for engineering
disasters. These fields should be given awareness of engineering ethics. Hence, it is
essential for engineers to get awareness on the above said disasters. They should also
know the importance of the system of engineering.
When malfunction of the system is a rapid one, the disaster will be in greater
extent and can be noticed immediately. When they ate slow and unobserved, the impact
is delayed. So, the engineers should not ignore about the functions of these systems.
These cases also explain and make the engineers to be familiar with the outline
of the case in future and also about their related ethical issues.
Approaches to Engineering Ethics: