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Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical principles, soundness of character.
Integrity is defined as consistency in one’s conduct. It can also be referred to as truthfulness, accuracy, and dignity of your actions. People have integrity in situations where when you aren’t being watched, or there is no reward for your actions, you continue to act truthfully, honestly, and with dignity. In a work environment this means even when you know you won’t get caught, you don’t cut corners, don’t treat people rudely, and make decisions that are ethically correct.
Integrity is very important in many professions. A lawyer is one of the most obvious professions that this word is often used in. A lawyer must have not make decisions that are against the law or that would put his client in danger, but save his reputation. A police officer must not treat his suspects violently or unfairly. Being a doctor is another profession where integrity is valued.
When an engineer designs something whether it is a software program, a building or a new car, they must act with integrity. They must check the calculations, and make changes to make it safer if needed. The public welfare should be the first priority. When a decision is made that puts that in jeopardy, that decision was not made with integrity.
When an engineer works with integrity it means they follow proper procedures for everything they work on. Even if it is a project they do not think has a significant impact if it fails. When an engineer acts with integrity they follow their morals and make the project safe for the people who use it.