Code of Professional Conduct

Society of Operations Engineers

All members of the Society of Operations Engineers shall, by their conduct, uphold the reputation of the profession in applying the specialist discipline of operations engineering in the specification, evaluation, acquisition, commissioning, operation, management, inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, refurbishment, development and disposal of vehicles and fixed, mobile and removable machinery, plant, equipment and systems and all activities related or incidental to any of them.

  • They shall conduct all their professional affairs faithfully and honourably, taking into account their responsibilities towards society generally, to enrich their employment and support their fellow workers, fairly and without bias. They shall exercise all reasonable skill and professional care to safeguard the public interest in matters of health, safety and the environment related to their work. They shall assess relevant risks and liability in the course of their work, and if appropriate hold professional indemnity insurance. They shall accept appropriate responsibility for work carried out under their supervision.
  • They shall assist in the promotion of fair practices in the improvement of technical, commercial and management skill and industrial relations amongst other operations engineers, and the suppression of malpractice.
  • They shall maintain their competence by means of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and only undertake professional tasks for which they are competent. They shall disclose relevant limitations of competence. They shall encourage others to enter the profession and to advance their learning and competence, and shall accept the obligation of directing the training of others to appropriate standards and in fair practices.
  • They shall observe the proper duties of confidentiality owed to appropriate parties and avoid where possible real or perceived conflict of interest and advise affected parties when such conflicts arise. They shall reject bribery.
  • They shall notify the Society if convicted of a criminal offence or upon becoming bankrupt or disqualified as a Company Director, and of any significant violation of the Society's Code of Professional Conduct by another member.

Members should be aware of Clause 5(F) of the Memorandum of Association of the Society concerning their responsibility to establish and uphold standards of professional conduct and deter malpractice, and Article of Association 12 regarding expulsion from the Society should they be deemed, for any cause, to be undesirable for membership.