Question on Ethics Question on Ethics
These questions are applicable to Section B of the Essay :
Candidates would be expected to answer only ONE question out of two which would be selected by the examiners from among the 8 questions listed below:
- The engineer has a duty of care to the public under common law. Discuss, giving examples, the obligations that his duty imposes on himself as a Professional Engineer.
- If you were a consulting engineer and were submitting Turnkey tender on behalf on a Turnkey Contractor, would you consider a conflict of interest between the role of a consulting engineer and contractor? Enlarge on the ethics of this subject.
- Identify the areas in which conflict between the Resident Engineer’s staff and contractor’s staff can develop and give your views as to whether good relationship can be achieved without infringing on the code of ethics. Illustrate your answer from your own experience.
- It is clear to you that an Engineer engaged in a particular project (implement at the taxpayer’s account) is not maintaining professional standards, i.e. professional competence and integrity are lacking.
What would be your reaction?. Will you report the above incident to the Board of Engineers, Malaysia or bring this to the attention of the client, or will you maintain silence and watch substandard work being completed?
- Every Engineer shall at all times so order his conduct as to uphold the dignity and reputation of his profession, and to safeguard the public interest in matters of safety and herein and others. He shall exercise his professional skill and the judgement to the best of his abilities in discharging his professional responsibilities. He shall also act with firmness and integrity towards all person with whom his work is connected. Discuss your responsibilities and obligations in the event that, due to building operations under charge, adjacent building have been damaged beyond repair.
- “Professional Engineer should be allowed to practice as consultants and as contractor at the same time”. Do you agree with this statement?
If so, give your reason objectively for supporting it; if not also give reasons for appeasing it.
- Under normal circumstances, a consulting engineer should not supplant the work of another consulting engineer after knowing that the 1st consulting engineer has already been entrusted with the work. If he has been asked by the same client to take over the work of that 1st consulting engineer, what do you think should be the proper procedure in effecting this charge of consultants? How should the matter be dealt with if the 1st engineer refuses to agree to this change because he has not been paid his fees by the client?
- A consulting Engineer has submitted structural design plans to the local authority for a certain building. The client terminates his services after the plans are approved by the local authority. You are then engaged to take over this work and complete the project including supervision of construction. What are your professional responsibilities and those of the previous engineer who has submitted the plans? If you have to make changes to the structural drawings, what do you think should be the proper procedure in dealing with this matter and also how you assign professional liability?