Moonlighting and Professional Responsibility

by George L. Reed, (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; Harland Bartholomew and Assocs., Memphis, TN,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 1, Pg. 19-23

Document Type: Journal Paper


Engineers desiring to obtain a second engineering job after normal working hours may find that while such is possible, it is difficult to adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice. Difficulty in reaching ethical decisions often is complicated when extra employment is desired for economic gain; however, the engineer should insure that his decision is ethical. Certain forms of employment also provide specialized problems. Whether the engineer is employed in industry, government, or education will often influence decisions required prior to his accepting outside employment. Because there are so many negative rules concerning moonlighting, there are few clues to acceptable practice. Certain activities, however, such as part-time teaching, are clearly acceptable, and the engineer should seek out these opportunities. Guidance for ethical moonlighting can be obtained from the ASCE and ECPD Codes of Ethics and also from more experienced members of the profession. In any event, it is the responsibility of each engineer to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct in questions related to moonlighting.

Subject Headings: Ethics | Employment | Professional practice | Economic factors | Industries | Government | Education | Standards and codes

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