As an engineer in the working landscape you are considered as a professional, meaning that you must abide by an ethic that is morally right.  Ethics should come as second nature, but in some instances, that might not be the case.  Ethical Principles to remember are as follows:

  • Remember, ship design and building is a team effort with various disciplines, professions and trades involved.
  • In your team, ensure that there is a good relationship and mutual respect with the other professions and trades in the ship design team, as well as all other external parties that may be involved in the process.
  • Communicate effectively and without prejudice.
  • Assume, and always take responsibility, for the tasks that have been assigned to you i.e. do not blame others for your mistakes or errors.

In terms of ethical principles to live, work and design by:

  • Accuracy and Rigour.
  • Honesty and Integrity.
  • Respect for Life, Law and the Public Good.
  • Responsible Leadership involving listening and informing.

Remember that engineers have a great power to do great things, but with that power comes great responsibility.

“Professional Engineers work to enhance the welfare, health and safety of all whilst paying due regard to the environment and the sustainability of resources.”*

*from Statement of Ethical Principles, Engineering Council,

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