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Mechanical Engineering: Ethical Issues in Radiation
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Engineering Management Task 6 - Engineering Ethics- Answer the questions in the attached file"Engineering Management Task 6". The plagiarism percentage should be less than 5%.

Engineering Management Task 6 - Engineering Ethics

Engineering Ethics Microwave Ovens After graduating from State University after 7 years of grueling undergraduate engineering classes, Charles goes to work for XYZ Industries. XYZ Industries manufactures microwave ovens and other kitchen gadgets. Charles is hired into a low-level engineering position and as his first task he is asked to test a series of microwave ovens to test their defrosting capability. He proceeds to the lab where he finds a few dozen microwave ovens in their boxes waiting for him to start his tests. He notices that every brand of microwave oven is here, including all of XYZ’s competitors’ brands. Charles unpacks all of the microwave ovens and begins tests. It is kind of boring testing microwave ovens (he has to wait up to five minutes to defrost some of the test items), so he begins to dig through the cabinets in the lab to see what is there. He quickly finds out that this was used to be the lab where they tested the microwave oven doors for radiation permeability (the amount of radiation that could escape through the glass door of the microwave ovens). He finds a neat little piece of hand-held equipment which apparently was used to measure radiation levels. Being an engineer, he can’t resist trying it out. Charles switches on the meter and points it around the room and out the window, etc. He notices that when he points it at some of the microwave ovens it goes off the scale. He quickly turns off all of the other microwaves, and discovers that the reading is not some fluke. The microwave ovens he is standing in front of are emitting higher-than-average levels of radiation. He looks and discovers that one of the ovens is from XYZ and the other is from ABC, XYZ’s arch-rival. These microwave ovens are currently the best-selling ovens on the market, because they are the cheapest ones available. It appears that these bargain ovens may not be as safe as they seem. Seeing something fishy, he decides to look around a little more. He finds the test report that discusses the radiation emissions from all of XYZ’s models of microwave ovens. He learns that only the top of the line and the mid-level microwaves were tested. The bargain oven’s results had been extrapolated from the test results from the other ovens. Charles immediately reports the matter to Michael, his immediate supervisor, but gets a stern response from Michael to concentrate on the assigned task of testing the defrosting capability of microwave ovens and submit the test report in next three days. Michael also reminds Charles that his first report would be very important as it would give him (Michael) an opportunity to properly evaluate Charles.


What should Charles do? Discuss all ethical issues.



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Mechanical Engineering: Ethical Issues in Radiation Name Institution Radiation is an important but controversial issue in the modern society. Despite the fact the human beings and other living organisms are constantly being exposed to radiation from natural sources such as the sun as well as the ground, they are faced with more harmful radiation from artificial sources. With technology growth accompanied by an expansion of radiation sources such as in industrial, scientific and medical applications, it is important to ensure that radiation is handled with care since it can be dangerous. While discussing the safety of the general public, environment, and workers from the effects of radiation, one must consider that ethical aspect plays a significant role. Making an ethical decision involves an evaluation of the overall effects of radiation as well as examining all the underlying issues and the motives of the moral agent. Aa moral decision is made when the motives of the moral agent are for the public good and not for his selfish gain. Radiation protection is more than just a matter investigable in science because it is also an issue and a problem that can be examined from a philosophical perspective. To ensure that the laws and regulations governing the release of radiations are respected in the society, they must correspond to the widely acceptable ethical values and standards. The ethical values in radiation exposure are related to the collective responsibility for the invisible harm as well as environmental protection. The mechanical engineers’ code of ethics ...
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