1st Edition

Ethics for Engineers A Brief Introduction

By Anthony F. Bainbridge Copyright 2022
    104 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    104 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book is a key introduction to ethics in engineering, providing professionals at all stages of their career with guidance on navigating the increasingly complex world of practising engineering ethically on an international scale.

    Engineering professionals face a duty to uphold reliable and trustworthy behaviour when working across all disciplines and industries. Accuracy and rigour are essential parts of the modern workplace, and are increasingly of concern to practising engineers. Using case studies to highlight examples of issues within the workplace and how these can be appropriately handled, this book is an accessible tool through which engineers can gain confidence in dealing with ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Touching upon safety, risk, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and intellectual property, alongside sustainability and environmental matters, the book focuses on hot topics which are fast becoming day-to-day issues dealt with by engineers.

    The book will be suitable for engineers of all disciplines, alongside students looking to become professional chartered engineers.

    1 Ethics in the Professional Context

    2 The Ethical Basis for Engineering Activities

    3 Ethical Responsibilities to Consumers and Customers

    4 Safety and Risk

    5 The Debate on AI and Autonomous Systems

    6 Ethics in the Management of Intellectual Property

    7 Environmental Matters and Sustainability

    8 Being Professional

    9 Finale

    10 Bibliography

    Annex 1 – The IET Rules of Conduct

    Annex 2 – UK-SPEC

    Annex 3 – Some Case Studies

    Annex 4 – Intellectual Property


    Anthony Bainbridge has a background in power and aerospace technology and engineering and works as a business consultant and mentor for small and start-up businesses. He currently teaches at the University of Bath.