The Engineer's Response to Nonengineering Criticism of His Professional Work

by John E. Spitko, Jr., (A.M.ASCE), San. Engr. III; Water Dept., City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 1-4

Document Type: Journal Paper


The engineer's response to nonengineering criticism of his professional work should be couched in both words and action. Using words, he should make critics clearly aware of the opposing side of the controversy. This entails explaining the technical factors that affect his descisions, as well as showing critics the institutional, bureacratic, or contractual restraints under which he may be working. Using action, the engineer should alter his methods of design and planning to meet the demands of changing social needs. He also should attempt to increase his input into public policy-making. Finally, the highest ethical and professional standards must be observed so as to obtain and keep the public's trust in the engineering profession.

Subject Headings: Social factors | Public opinions | Ethics

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