Public Versus Client Interests - An Ethical Dilemma for the Engineer

by Terry L. Turnock, Struct. Engr.; Fossil Power Generation Group, Babcock & Wilson, Barberton, Ohio,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 61-65

Document Type: Journal Paper


The conflict created by the engineer's responsibility to the public and to the client he serves presents a complex ethical problem. Past performance dictates that the engineer must change his scope to encompass broader fields more alined with the magnitude and effects of his work. Engineers must be permitted to question the goals of the public and private interests they serve without fear of retaliation. The engineer must work with other professionals to shape society.

Subject Headings: Public participation | Client relationships | Ethics | Dispute resolution | Public private partnership | Private sector | Professional societies

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