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Engineering Ethics and Justice

Trey Brant, PhD. & William “Bill” Brant, PE

Plato and Aristotle might very well consider this to be the most important course you take in your life. Justice concerns not only the entirety of your own career. Justice concerns the lives of others with whom you interact. Justice is the bedrock of society.

Justice becomes ever more important when you and when anyone around you undergoes any decidingly intolerable injustice. Promoting and restoring justice can prevent devastating retaliation.

In the short pages that follow, notions of justice will be pursued from the past until the present and how it fits in with engineering ethics. The opposite of justice is injustice, which will be discussed, including a whistleblowing process.

Our engineering case study with applied ethics demonstrates how an entire city is devastated. Injustice got out of control against an enraged military trained welder and mechanic. The man uses engineering skills to obtain revenge, not by killing or injuring people, but by years of tediously planned demolition against selected people who strongly violated his own sense of justice. He strongly felt an injustice against him and took it into his own hands to correct this injustice. The moral of the story is to treat people justly.

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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