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Category Archives: Professional Engineers Licensing

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Engineer Ethical Dilemma: Will Robocars Decide Who to Hit and Kill?

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Driverless vehicles will be ubiquitous on Florida’s roadways in a few years’ time. The engineers who have created these cars have all faced moral and ethical issues along the way. One common issue is the “trolley problem.” This involves creating “decider” software that will determine who to kill when faced with a real-world dilemma…. Read More »

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Ethical Issues in Engineering: How Engineers Should Act

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

At your workplace, ethics is probably not something that you deal with, or even think about, on a regular basis. You may simply show up, do your assigned work, help customers and co-workers, go back home and repeat. If you think about it, though, every task you do may come with ethical issues. For… Read More »

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Why is the Professional Engineering License Being Devalued?

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Many people must have a license in order to work in their chosen career field. Doctors, therapists, pharmacists, veterinarians, dentists, architects, real estate professionals and even barbers need to be licensed to practice. Professional engineers—who are responsible for creating buildings, bridges and other structures that the public uses every day—also are required to be… Read More »

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Why Ethics Education is Important for Engineers

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Ethics is an important aspect of virtually any job—even for engineers. Engineers design objects that we use every day, from houses to roadways to bridges to buildings to cars. Safety is of utmost importance. When engineers design flawed items, they can face legal issues as well as get their license suspended or revoked. While… Read More »