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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Mechanical Engineering Cases

Case studies on ethics for mechanical engineers

  • A recently promoted manager at an industrial engineering company discovers that factory workers are asked to work more than eight hours a day without getting paid overtime.

  • A project engineer believes his company is providing the wrong form of technology to an in-need community in East Africa.

  • A systems engineering company employee quits after getting pressured to falsify product testing paperwork.

  • A manager at a nonprofit mechanical engineering firm questions how responsible her company should be for ongoing maintenance on past projects.

  • Should a production engineer prioritize a customer's desires over safety?