Professional Competence and the River of Knowledge

by George David Darr, Student; Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, Oreg. 97331,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 3, Pg. 161-163

Document Type: Journal Paper


The problems involved in maintaining professional competence and in preventing unethical and unprofessional work are examined. The profession attempts to guarantee competence in engineering fundamentals through the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and Professional Engineer (PE) examinations. No certification program can prevent unethical or unprofessional work, which are ultimately prevented only by individual integrity, i.e., ethical competence. The profession's ethical standards should be part of the undergraduate engineering curriculum. Questions on ethics should be included on the EIT and PE examinations.

Subject Headings: Ethics | High-rise buildings | Engineering education | Professional development | Licensure and certification | Undergraduate study | Curricula

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