Engineering is the application of science to solve societal problems, a vital role in the advancement and well-being of communities. Understanding the principles of engineering ethics is crucial for every engineer. This blog post will explore who qualifies as an engineer according to COREN and outline the essential ethical guidelines that engineers must follow.

Who is an Engineer according to COREN?

According to the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), an engineer is defined as:

Someone who holds an accredited Engineering qualification and, after obtaining a minimum professional experience of FOUR years—whether working privately or in the employment of an engineering public organization—has passed the prescribed Engineering practice examination and is registered as such by the Council.”

Becoming a registered engineer involves rigorous training and adherence to professional standards, ensuring that those who enter the profession are well-prepared to tackle complex engineering challenges.

Importance of Engineering Ethics

As an engineer, you will interact with clients and secure contracts. However, it’s crucial to understand that there are specific laws, rules, and regulations you must adhere to. This framework of guidelines is known as engineering ethics. These ethics ensure that engineers conduct themselves in a manner that upholds the integrity and reputation of the profession.

Core Principles of Engineering Ethics

Here are the fundamental codes of conduct that every engineer must observe:

1. Hold Paramount the Safety, Health, and Welfare of the Public

Engineers must prioritize public safety, health, and welfare in all their professional activities. This principle is paramount, ensuring that engineering decisions do not compromise public well-being.

2. Perform Services Only in Areas of Their Competence

Engineers should only undertake tasks that fall within their area of expertise. This prevents errors and ensures that engineering projects are handled by those with the necessary knowledge and skills.

3. Issue Public Statements Only in an Objective and Truthful Manner

Honesty and transparency are critical. Engineers must provide accurate and truthful information in all public statements, avoiding any form of misrepresentation.

4. Act for Each Employer or Client as Faithful Agents or Trustees

Engineers must act with loyalty and integrity towards their employers and clients, safeguarding their interests and maintaining confidentiality.

5. Avoid Deceptive Acts

Deception in any form is unacceptable. Engineers should avoid misleading practices and strive for honesty in all professional dealings.

6. Conduct Themselves Honorably, Responsibly, Ethically, and Lawfully

Engineers should uphold the dignity and reputation of the profession through honorable, responsible, ethical, and lawful conduct. This principle ensures that the profession remains respected and trusted by the public.

For more details on engineering ethics, you can visit the COREN Code and Standards Documentation (

Engineering ethics are not just guidelines but the foundation of the engineering profession. They ensure that engineers maintain the highest standards of integrity, competence, and respect for public welfare. By adhering to these ethical principles, engineers can continue to contribute positively to society and uphold the honor of their profession.

Embracing these ethical standards is not only a professional obligation but also a commitment to the greater good of society.

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Oluwagbemisola is the brain behind the "This Is Engineering" bootcamp. As the co-founder of Alo-Timeys Ltd, she is passionate about Engineering education in Nigeria and the impact of engineering in nation building.

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