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[Live Webinar] Ethics and the Engineer – Food for Thought

Intended Audience: All Engineers
Credits: 2 PDH Units
When: Wednesday 12/07. 2-4 pm EST


Ethics is often thought of as a set of rules to follow.  The purpose of this Webinar is to introduce some of the complexities in following these sets of rules.

It opens with a list of situations that have let to ethical dilemmas and the need to identify the meaning and implications of ethical thought and behavior.  The logical result of this pondering is the creation of a Code of Ethics.  The interesting thing is that just like religion, there are various interpretations of ethics, which makes it more difficult to know what “ethical” really might be.

Four human ethical theories are introduced and then the ASCE 2020 Code of Ethics is used as an outline for discussion of the relationship of the content to these ethical theories, including the challenges in interpreting the intended outcomes of the written rules.

The ethical implications of several events, such as the Fukushima nuclear accident, the Village of Widows and Yellowknife gold mining are featured as real-life ethical dilemmas.

The presentation also compares ethics as defined by engineers with ethics defined by other groups, such as indigenous, religious, environmentalists and feminists.

Date:  Tuesday. December 7. 2021. 2 – 4 pm ET
Credits: 2 PDH Units

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student should understand the importance of ethical engineering practices along with many stumbling blocks along the way toward ethical compliance, as illustrated by the following examples.  Other codes of ethics will also be explored and compared.  Specific discussion topics include

  • A summary of major ethical situations since 1903.
  • Defining ethics as a foundation for a Code of Ethics.
  • The relationships among the various Codes of Ethics.
  • Ambiguities in definitions, such as “What does safe really mean?”
  • Fukushima, The Village of Widows, Yellowknife gold mining leftovers and the recent Miami pedestrian bridge collapse.
  • What does sustainable really mean, now that the word is becoming more popular?
  • What is the basis of Ecofeminism?

Special Webinar Instructions

After payment, please visit this webinar page, click “Start Course” and fill out the Zoom Webinar Registration Form.  You’ll then be able to access the webinar slides, test your system and receive webinar reminders.  After completing the webinar requirements, your certificate of completion will be saved and available for download in your profile.

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Course Reviews


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  1. Ethics Live Webinar


    Not easy to get into quiz.

  2. Ethics and the Engineer


    The main points will stay with me, well done.

  3. Ethics and the Engineer


    Lake trout frying looked good, ecofeminism not so good.

  4. Ethics Course


    Overall good course with many realworld examples. Instructor was interesting and presented well.

  5. Very interesting course on ethics for professional engineers


    I enjoyed Professor Messinger’s course and found it interesting and informative. The best ethics course that I have taken in many years!!

  6. Professional Ethics Review


    Prof. Messenger provided a comprehensive review of case studies of disasters involving interaction between owners, contractors, engineers and others. He added a unique perspective on ethics based on first nation Dene in Northwest Territory of Canada – kind of an amplification of the golden rule.
    Since graduating from engineering school 35 years ago, the ASCE Code of Ethics has added impact on the environment and sustainability which are valuable additions though can be inferred through the canon on holding the health safety and welfare of the public paramount.
    Prof. Messenger also pointed out an issue that is on the front page of news these days … the risks to career and family of blowing the whistle on unethical or illegal activity of employer or others.

  7. Ethics live webinar


    Great course, thought provoking!

  • $99.00
  • Average Rating4.6
  • Webinar No: WBNR-1132
  • PDH Units: 2

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