Ethics who's got em
Posted 01 November 2011 - 10:11 PM
We discussed it again and I said I did not want my resume included unless changes were made to better represent the project profiles. I was suprised that they made the changes but I am at a quandry as to what I would do if they did not and said that my resume must stay in the SOQ.
We can blame the economy and competition but ethics need to come first or we need to find a new line of work. Do you feel that the economy is changing professional ethics.
Posted 02 November 2011 - 09:19 PM
The economy is encouraging people to focus their marketing documents based on the target market. If a business is good at topics A, B, C and D, and the client is looking for A and B, they may list A1, A2, A3, B1, B2 and B3 as areas of expertise. Also, one may list a certification as a means of qualifying the expertise, even if they aren't actually experts. Though who is to say what an expert is? At my work, I'm the local expert on many things, yet, I'm not an expert based on people who do these things for a living.
People with poor ethics generally have poor ethics regardless of the economy. Some people may get a little bit creative with what an expert is.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 07:36 PM
Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:01 PM
I worked for a company that was unethical at one point. I could smell it as soon as I started working there. I quit after 3 weeks.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:15 AM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:15 PM
I understand about overselling and I see alot of resumes that are quite oversold, but we need to watch where that line is drawn and work to move it back to something we can stand behind.
Thanks for all the comments, very helpful "You just have to remember that politcians build roads", I had forgot or maybe wished it was not true.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:42 PM
Right after I started working at my office, a large project was canceled. It was at the 99% stage, and was for a massive, beautiful warehouse - huge arching visible beams, all kinds of things. We still listed it in our project listing, because it wasn't our fault that the client scaled back their plans to a prefab structure.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:55 PM
I have to disagree. Any profession is only as unethical as its members. Politicians may select and provide funding for projects, but they certainly don't design or build any. And, call me a rebel if you want, but I don't care two cents what any politician says, if what they are saying is contrary to my Engineering Judgement. Because only I am responsible for what I do as an Engineer, not any politician.
You just have to remember that politcians build roads (or other infrastructure), not engineers. As long as politcians control the decisions, we will always be in an unethical profession.. but it is our job to be as ethical as possible.. but its hard to watch "engineering" in action sometimes....
Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:59 PM
& its not the "Design Part" its the "funding part" that I am concerned with and disgusted with.. They wont tell you to design a bridge a certain way, but they do control doing Project K over Project A, which is lower priority over A, doing Project A where there are X accidnets and Project K has <X accidents but there friends live near Project K so they push Project K... Thats my main contention..
Directly they are responsible and our job is to argue until we are blue in the face (& then keep memo's to the file ) when we are over-ruled by the elected officials for the lawyers to find later...
Posted 07 November 2011 - 06:32 PM
Besides, your last post just confirms what I said. Politicians choose the projects that get funded. Is it your contention that engineers are unethical for designing and building those projects? Because, I don't believe that at all.
I don't want to come off as being holier-than-thou, but I think it's time for a reality check here. Choosing which projects get funded is not within the scope of an engineer's job description. Look up the definitions of engineer and engineering. I looked at at least a half-dozen references this morning, and none of them said anything about the selection or funding of projects. If you think engineers have, or should have, any say in which projects are selected, you are grossly overestimating the function of our profession.
But, hey. If project selection keeps you up at night, maybe you need to run for office. That way, you can make "better" decisions regarding which projects get funded, and which ones don't.
Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:36 PM
In my business this is very true, they decide which industries to regulate and what chemical are the bad boys today. For example MTBE, was just a political decision, no discussion of the more dangeous chemicals such as benzene. MTBE may taste bad so lets ban it. As an engineer it is my job to work with this regulation and help my clients comply, as such "You just have to remember that politcians build roads", Yes I will do the engineering and implement the tasks but the job was selected by a politician.
I am working on a project now where the opinion of a city desk clerk over rides all engineering, we must engineer the project to meet their approval to get a permit, and still do the work in a safe and cost effective mannger. Every day we spend alot of time and money incorporating the political side of projects into the design.
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