This course brings you a full explanation of the Engineering New Zealand Code of Ethical Conduct using case studies to identify moral dilemmas and implications for engineering practice.

Ethical conduct plays a vital role in the engineering industry, and forms the backbone of membership to Engineering New Zealand.

Using case studies and ethics scenarios we’ll discuss the principles, codes of conduct, where entrapment occurs, and consider the implications for Engineering New Zealand members and Chartered Professional Engineers.

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Key learning outcomes

By participating in this course, attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • The professional and ethical expectations in New Zealand
  • Inducement and entrapment – when it occurs and how to overcome
  • Ethics for machines
  • Ethics for the environment
  • Confidentially, including confidential information in different scenarios
  • How to participate and engage peer review
  • Contracts: tender meets ethics
  • Decision‐making including utility theory and decision trees
  • Ethics and its role in professional registration including implications for CPEng application

Intended audience

  • All engineers

Course customisation

  • Your business’ special conditions
  • learning outcomes focussed on your business values


Dirk Pons has a PhD in mechanical engineering, two masters degrees, one in medicine and the other in business leadership, and a bachelor degree in engineering. He lectures at the University of Canterbury and has developed an approach to teaching professional practice, including ethics and related soft skills, to engage even the most reluctant student. Dirk is actively involved with the profession by serving on the Engineering New Zealand Standards and Accreditation Board.

Course delivery options



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Max participants 25

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Max participants 25