Co-Op Student

TitleCo-Op Student
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHarris, CE, Pritchard, MS, Rabins, MJ
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCompetence , data management , ENGINEERING , HONESTY , Organizational , professional responsibility , quality , responsibilities , Supervisor/Trainee Relationships
AbstractWhen Bruce Barton is pressed for time to complete the stress testing of a plastic component for new appliance model for his company, his colleague who is also the coordinator for the company's engineering co-op student program suggests that Jack, a smart co-op student with experience in stress tests, complete the tests and write up the report. When the prototypes for the new appliance go out of operation due to a catastrophic failure of the component that the student Jack tested, Bruce looks back at Jack's notebook and realizes that the data from the stress tests look too good. He thinks that many of the measurements are either in error, or they have been faked.
NotesCase from Harris, Charles, Michael Pritchard and Michael Rabins. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. Available from the Wadsworth website.
Abbreviated Case NameCo-Op Student
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