Ethics for Engineers

Being a professional engineer involves more than having a technical understanding of your field. As a good professional, you take a broad view of your work, including its social and environmental context, and take personal responsibility for your decisions and their effects on others.

  • If you help build a technology that is then used by others in questionable ways – are you responsible?
  • What should you do if you suspect a colleague to be working outside the bounds of their competence?
  • If there is a conflict of interest between your voluntary and professional roles, how should you act?

This course provides you with the expertise to deal with these – and many other – ethical dilemmas. It means you can meet the public’s expectations of you as a professional, stepping up to crucial decisions and making them for the good of society.

On this course you will learn to:

  • tackle difficult workplace situations with confidence
  • make and assert decisions, which you can justify using ethical principles
  • understand and apply professional codes of conduct
  • recognise the impact of your work and your responsibilities to society, the environment and profession, as well as to your company and clients
  • develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Alignment with UK-SPEC competence:

E: Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

Course availability

Location Dates Duration Course code
London 05 September 2019 1 day EFEILO

Book now

Book by 05 July for the Early Bird rate

Alternatively, fill in our booking form and return it to pdcourses@theiet.org.

Terms and conditions of booking.


Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £450

Standard £500

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Non-Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £550

Standard £600

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Who should attend?

Engineers and technicians at any stage in their career, who want to make ethical decisions and assert their ethical principles in discussions with stakeholders.

This highly interactive, engaging course will give you a deeper, richer understanding of your work, along with and some practical skills which you can use to make better, more ethical decisions. It is useful to engineers at any stage of their career, but may be of particular interest to those who are considering taking the step up to Chartered status, and want to develop their professional judgment in order to take on increased responsibility with confidence.

Course programme

Using a range of case studies and innovative, practical exercises, you will explore topics including:

  • Professional duties to clients and the public.
  • Ethical principles including honesty, integrity, confidentiality, responsibility, impartiality and fairness.
  • Ethics in commercial environments.
  • The role of the code of ethics.
  • Issues raised by cultural differences and international work.
  • Equity and discrimination.
  • Environmental responsibility.

Throughout the day, facilitated discussion of problems and case studies will enable you to practise identifying and dealing with ethical issues.

Delegate feedback

"Very engaging. Helped me to consider issues I had not thought about before."

"The presenter... is clearly greatly experienced in researching and teaching ethics, and led us through the topics very well."

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If you would like to book 5 delegates or more on to this course you may benefit from having this course delivered in-company.

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