You will prepare and submit a term paper on The Usefulness of Automated External Defibrillator. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. A number of moral issues are involved in this case study. Major moral issues include continuation of this job by Justin when he knows that he is not capable of delivering what he was hired for, attempting to sign off on the design of testing procedures, protocols, and standards when Justin does not have adequate experience to tell whether the proposed design is appropriate, and doing something that Justin knows is wrong. As a licensed professional engineer, anybody would expect Justin to be able to sign off on the design, let alone Mellissa who is not even an engineer herself. It is Justin’s moral obligation to prove that the licensing agency did not make a false decision by issuing him the license of a professional engineer which he can only achieve by developing the skills and gaining the knowledge it takes to be able to sign off on the design. However, at the same time, what he does has potential implications on the quality of the AEDs that employ the sensors provided by SensTek Corporation that could, in turn, cost the patients their lives, and the hospitals, their good reputation.
Justin has the ethical obligation to prove his status as a licensed professional engineer. He also has the ethical obligation of doing what SensTek Corporation hired him for. In addition to that, Justin is ethically obliged to ensure the health and safety of the users of the AEDs that have sensors employed by SensTek Corporation. Justin’s ethical obligations under the given circumstances include developing the skills required by SensTek Corporation in him, only proceeding with signing off when he is confident that the design he is approving is adequate, and leaving the job if he is not able to achieve these objectives. According to the utilitarian theory of ethics, Justin should take .that action that has the maximum utility.