“The study of professional ethics is more than a hypothetical exercise, it is the very foundation of engineering practice. As engineers,  it is our responsibility to understand it, develop it, and live it on a daily basis.”  Instructor Trygve Hoff, PE, Northeast Region Engineer, American Concrete Pipe Association

Many practicing engineers in the United States swear an oath to uphold the “Obligation of an Engineer” upon completion of their degree.  Among other things, the obligation pledges integrity, respect, and honesty for the good of the public.

Continue your personal and professional development with this 4-week online class which addresses the importance of holding paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of your professional duties.

Each week, a new module will be released, including a recorded lecture, quiz, discussion forum and homework assignment. You will have 7 days to review the lecture and complete the weekly assignments. Instructor, Trygve Hoff, PE, will be available by email and phone for questions and comments and will be interacting with students through the weekly discussion forum. The 4-week class will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete over the 4-week period.

The class explores the history of professional ethics; the ethical canons upheld by national engineering societies; and the narrow line that separates legal and professional responsibilities.  Weekly case studies on real events, including the Challenger disaster, the Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse, and the UCF Footbridge Collapse, bring to life the unethical choices that jeopardized public safety. Discussion forums provide robust opportunities to consider difficult, sometimes illegal or unethical, decision-making processes.

“As Professional Engineers, it is our responsibility to put the safety of the public first,” stated Hoff. “Every decision we make must support the public’s expectations that we have made ethical choices to ensure their safety.”

This course is intended for professionals within the engineering and construction industry with an interest in discussions on ethical responsibilities and decision-making for designers, inspectors, and contractors. It is also designed to provide 1 Professional Development Hour for Professional Engineers whose out-of-state licensure (i.e. MD, DE, NJ, etc) requires professional ethics training.


Trygve Hoff, PE, is the Northeast Region Engineer for the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA). Tryg graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and his professional experience ranges from environmental consulting in Ohio, to architectural engineering in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. Tryg has been promoting resilient infrastructure with the ACPA since 2012.

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