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consideration in order to secure work. They shall not pay a
commission, percentage, or brokerage fee in order to secure
work, except to a bona fide employee or bona fide established
commercial or marketing agencies retained by them.
1. Engineers shall be guided in all their relations by the highest
standards of honesty and integrity.
a. Engineers shall acknowledge their errors and shall not distort
or alter the facts.
b. Engineers shall advise their clients or employers when they
believe a project will not be successful.
c. Engineers shall not accept outside employment to the detriment
of their regular work or interest. Before accepting any outside
engineering employment they will notify their employers.
d. Engineers shall not attempt to attract an engineer from
another employer by false or misleading pretenses.
e. Engineers shall not promote their own interest at the expense
of the dignity and integrity of the profession.
2. Engineers shall at all times strive to serve the public interest.
a. Engineers shall seek opportunities to participate in civic affairs;
career guidance for youths; and work for the advancement of
the safety, health, and well-being of their community.
b. Engineers shall not complete, sign, or seal plans and/or
specifications that are not in conformity with applicable
engineering standards. If the client or employer insists on such
unprofessional conduct, they shall notify the proper authorities
and withdraw from further service on the project.
c. Engineers shall endeavor to extend public knowledge and
appreciation of engineering and its achievements.
3. Engineers shall avoid all conduct or practice that deceives the public.
a. Engineers shall avoid the use of statements containing a
material misrepresentation of fact or omitting a material fact.
b. Consistent with the foregoing, engineers may advertise for
recruitment of personnel.
c. Consistent with the foregoing, engineers may prepare articles
for the lay or technical press, but such articles shall not imply
credit to the author for work performed by others.
4. Engineers shall not disclose, without consent, confidential
information concerning the business affairs or technical processes of
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any present or former client or employer, or public body on which
they serve.
a. Engineers shall not, without the consent of all interested
parties, promote or arrange for new employment or practice in
connection with a specific project for which the engineer has
gained particular and specialized knowledge.
b. Engineers shall not, without the consent of all interested parties,
participate in or represent an adversary interest in connection
with a specific project or proceeding in which the engineer has
gained particular specialized knowledge on behalf of a former
client or employer.
5. Engineers shall not be influenced in their professional duties by
conflicting interests.
a. Engineers shall not accept financial or other considerations,
including free engineering designs, from material or equipment
suppliers for specifying their product.
b. Engineers shall not accept commissions or allowances, directly
or indirectly, from contractors or other parties dealing with
clients or employers of the engineer in connection with work
for which the engineer is responsible.
6. Engineers shall not attempt to obtain employment or advancement
or professional engagements by untruthfully criticizing other
engineers, or by other improper or questionable methods.
a. Engineers shall not request, propose, or accept a commission
on a contingent basis under circumstances in which their
judgment may be compromised.
b. Engineers in salaried positions shall accept part-time
engineering work only to the extent consistent with policies
of the employer and in accordance with ethical
c. Engineers shall not, without consent, use equipment, supplies,
laboratory, or office facilities of an employer to carry on
outside private practice.
7. Engineers shall not attempt to injure, maliciously or falsely,
directly or indirectly, the professional reputation, prospects,
practice, or employment of other engineers. Engineers who
believe others are guilty of unethical or illegal practice shall
present such information to the proper authority for action.
a. Engineers in private practice shall not review the work of
another engineer for the same client, except with the
knowledge of such engineer, or unless the connection of such
engineer with the work has been terminated.
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