What’s ETHICS mean for Engineers?

Written by Gouw Tjie Liong, Ir., M.Eng, ChFC, PhD. Posted in Code of Ethics

An Engineer must always uphold the word ETHICS in his/her engineering practice. To me the meaning of ETHICS can be drawn from each of its letters, e.g:

E – Excellence, an engineer must do everything to his utmost ability, always give his best from engineering point of view (and once committed, not basing his work on the payment he received)

T – Trustworthy, an engineer must be a trustworthy person. The trust that public rely on!

H – Honesty, he must be honest to say the truth and only truth, again from engineering point of view. He must seek another expert when he is in doubt, and not pretend to know everything, even in his own field of expertise. We must be honest, that we are not a perfect engineer. Ask when in doubt! We do make mistake!! But, try to be the first to admit our own mistake. We are not God, not even in our own field of expertise.

I – Integrity, he must have integrity, not to subdue to economic benefit (or to the money owner), and sacrificing the public safety.

C – Care and Courage, he must care for the public and to the environment more than the care to the one who pay him. And for that he must have the Courage to say the word NO!

S – Selflessness, he must put public safety in front of his self benefit.



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Gouw Tjie Liong, Ir., M.Eng, ChFC, PhD

Mr. Gouw is a certified Professional Geotechnical Engineer. He has been working in the field of Geotechnical Engineering since 1984. His expertise covering geotechnical investigation, soil intrumentation, deep foundation and excavation for high rise buildings, pile load testing (Static and PDA), pile integrity testing (PIT), sonic logging test, vibration monitoring, slope stability, ground anchors, pumping test, dewatering, micropiles, tunnelling and ground improvement works, e.g. dynamic compaction, vertical drain, vibro-compaction, geosynthetic and grouting. The jobs cover more than 180 projects in Indonesia, Singapore and Srilanka. He has a great passion in the teaching and disseminating of geotechnical engineering knowledge. He serves as lecturer since late 1984. Currently, he serves as a senior lecturer at Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia. He also conduct regular geotechnical training for engineers. He also chaired the Indonesian Chapter of International Geosynthetics Society since 2006. He has published 80 papers and 22 technical notes.

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