ERIC Number: ED254879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-27
Communication: The Engineer's Responsibility.
Mathes, J. C.
That communication is the engineer's responsibility is inherent in the nature of engineering. The engineer's first order of responsibility is to the organization for which he or she works. Engineers fill specific roles in business, industry, public institutions, and government agencies, and their responsibilities are to get things done for those organizations. The engineer's responsibility, therefore, is to communicate effectively so that these changes occur. The engineer's second order of responsibility is to society, because he or she belongs to a profession whose objective is to improve the conditions of human life by changing the physical environment and systems. Science and technology are considered the basis for the transition to a postindustrial society and for the postindustrial society itself. The engineer will have to communicate effectively to establish and maintain relationships between the sphere of technology and production and the spheres of social services and political institutions. The engineer's responsibility to communicate, therefore, is a commitment the engineer must accept. Those who fail to assume the responsibility to communicate--to interact with the community--ultimately fail in their responsibilities to themselves. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27, 1980).