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Professional Practice Ethics for New Jersey Engineers (Renewal for 2018)

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2 hours
59.90 USD
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Course description

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In Professional Practice Ethics for New Jersey Engineers (Renewal for 2018), you'll learn ...

  • What the New Jersey Laws & Rules have to say about Conflicts of Interest, Plan Stamping and Practicing Outside Areas of Competence
  • The casuistry method of determining right and wrong based on previous events
  • Case study of bribery in the evaluation of bid proposals involving US Army Corps of Engineers projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Your obligations as an engineer in “responsible charge” of work that is performed by contractors, subordinates or other professionals


Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 28 pages

This course focuses on three elements of misconduct in the practice of engineering as outlined in the New Jersey Administrative Code:

Applicable sections of the code are cited, followed by a discussion of these topics in some depth.

The issue of conflicts of interest is discussed. You’ll learn that there are many nuances in every discussion of right and wrong and how we can view these nuances on what might be called a “continuum.”

For example, most people would agree that stealing a car is wrong. But, what about picking up a quarter that you saw somebody drop on the street? Is that wrong? Would it make a difference if you didn’t see who dropped it and thus you don’t know who it belongs to? Does the value of the item determine whether taking the item rises to the level of theft? Or do other factors come into play? You’ll see the continuum in action as we go through a case study involving accepting gifts from vendors and equipment suppliers.

We’ll also discuss the pervasive problem of plan stamping and sealing documents for engineering work in areas for which the engineer lacks competence.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Moral reasons for the increasing intolerance of bribery in business dealings throughout the world
  • Differences between paradigm and problematic cases in the casuistry method of determining right and wrong
  • The tools you need for determining when a rule against taking bribes is being violated
  • Why the size or value of a gift from a vendor is not the only factor in determining whether it is appropriate or not
  • How seemingly small changes in circumstances can make a difference in how one might judge a situation with regards to conflicts of interest
  • What the New Jersey Administrative Code has to say about plan stamping, incompetence and “responsible charge”
  • How incompetence and greed led to the injuries and deaths of dozens of people in the Boston Molasses Flood
  • How the aftermath of the Boston Molasses Flood influenced building codes and the engineering profession
  • Laws and rules of the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors pertaining to misconduct
  • Recent disciplinary actions imposed on professional engineers by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors


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