In this article (and video above), I solve an ethics question similar to one you might encounter during the FE Exam in the FE and Professional Practice category.
Why may it be difficult to apply codes of ethics to real-world situations?
(A) The codes are too idealized for real-world situations.
(B) Since few people follow such codes, doing so would put one at a great disadvantage.
(C) Corporations are profit oriented, and frown upon anything that may affect their bottom line.
(D) Sections of the code are vague or conflict with other sections.
The difficulty arises when sections of the code conflict, such as when the obligation to one’s employer conflicts with one’s obligation to society.
The answer is (D)
The easiest way to find this solution is by searching the FE Reference Handbook for the word, “Ethics.” This will take you to a page of text describing ethics in engineering. On that page, you will see the actual answer which you can see in the red box below. They key on the FE Exam is knowing what terms to search on these qualitative questions.
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Anthony Fasano, P.E.
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success