When you returned Pop Rivet's truck, you were able to bypass his security because of your engineering background, right?
Basically, yes. All electronic systems work by the same general principles.
So, learning about engineering will give me knowledge on how human technology works, which will help me defeat security systems. That means it's okay for me to work hard on it.
Whew. Bent, but unbroken. I have made it through yet another ethical crisis with my morals intact.