How Engineers Must Ensure The Health And Welfare Of The Public

1626 Words Nov 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Engineers have been responsible for almost every single advancement in our modern world. An engineers’ duty is to protect and serve for the greater good of society. In every single project, an engineer must ensure the health and welfare of the public is the highest priority. Engineers must treat their profession as though it is a privilege and not a right. As engineering has progressed, sets of rules and ethical standards also developed. These guidelines of sorts are meant to be followed stringently and respected internationally. Throughout the progression in our modern society, the need for power has become ever so present. Ethical rules and codices have fallen short in regards to this. They have evolved to keep up with the latest safety standards and technological changes. However, the codices have failed to address the fundamental problem with engineering. The ego of the ‘man’ in charge. Throughout history there have been extremely impactful engineering disasters, many of which were a result of the person in charge failing to recognize and abide by the codices of engineering. There is never one single mistake or one piece of equipment that can be blamed for such disasters. Rather, the human factors such as technical over/under-estimation, unnecessary risk taking, and unrealistic deadlines are all causation factors in these disasters. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the Hyatt Regency Walkway collapse are all disasters that were the…

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