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Fundamental Canons

What are the Fundamental Canons?

Fundamental Principles

Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:

I. using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare;

II. being honest and impartial, and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and clients;

III. striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and

IV. supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.

Fundamental Canons

I. Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.

II. Engineers shall perform services only in the areas of their competence.

III. Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.

IV. Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.

V. Engineers shall build professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.

VI. Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity and dignity of the profession.

VII. Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.

Why are Fundamental Cannons Important?

Engineering is a profession. As such, society imposes special responsibilities on engineers. These responsibilities are expressed in a code of ethics similar to those followed by other professionals.

Ethics is the study of the morality of human actions and how humans interact with each other. Ethical behavior is defined in a set of Fundamental Principles and the Fundamental Principles are expanded in a set of rules called the Fundamental Canons. The Fundamental Cannons are described briefly in the ENGR111/112 curriculum, but are discussed in more detail in the Engineering Ethics course -ENGR 452.

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