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A Guide to Engineering Ethics and Responsible Charge

D. Allen Hughes, PE

The term “responsible charge” refers to the extent of control that a PE is required to exercise while maintaining their independent control and direction of PE services or design work, and to the engineering decisions which can be made only by a “responsible” PE. This course provides an overview of the responsibilities of being in responsible charge, and the ethical considerations faced by a licensed engineer who is in that position. Each state board has its own definition as to what constitutes the responsible charge, so PE’s should know the rules for the state(s) in which they are licensed PE’s.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.