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Mr. Ethics - October 2015

Posted By Mr. Ethics, Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Dear Mr. Ethics,


I have recently graduated from engineering college.  I was hired by a great mechanical engineering firm.  I regularly attend project presentations with the senior staff.  One particular senior member is a great guy who probably knows more than I ever will.  My problem is that when we do our presentations he never corrects the potential client when they refer to him as a PE.  He never graduated from college and never even sat for the PE.   I think he is acting unethically.  Should l discuss this with my boss?


Regards, EIT



Dear EIT,


I am not sure if I have enough information to give you a clear answer.  There are many people in the industry that came up in a time when a college engineering degree or PE defined their talent.  So long as the company reviewed and accepted their work as their own there is no issue.  If the individual is specifically representing themselves as a PE then there is a definite issue.  My recommendation would be to talk to your boss about what you can say or not say as an EIT in a meeting.  Ask him if you have to correct someone who may think you are a PE and how the company wants you to do same.  Hear what your boss has to say and then decide if the other employee’s actions remain troubling to you.


Regards, Mr. Ethics.

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