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Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Guide

Engineering Standards

What are standards?

"A prescribed set of rules, conditions, or requirements concerning definitions of terms; classification of components; specification of materials, performance, or operations; delineation of procedures; or measurement of quantity and quality in describing materials, products, systems , services or practices." - National Policy on Standards for the United States and a Recommended Implementation Plan, National Standards Policy Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C. Dec. 1978, p.6.

Learn more about Engineering Standards

  • Standards and Certification FAQ
    A standard can be defined as a set of technical definitions and guidelines, “how to” instructions for designers, manufacturers, and users. Standards promote safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in almost every industry that relies on engineering components or equipment.  Standards can run from a few paragraphs to hundreds of pages, and are written by experts with knowledge and expertise in a particular field who sit on many committees. 
  • UCSC Canvas Engineering Standards Module

Freely Available Full-Text Standards

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Accessibility Standards

Buildings and facilities must be accessible to people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act. Accessibility standards issued under these laws govern the design, construction, and alteration of many types of buildings and sites in the private and public sectors.

ASSIST Quick Search

Official source for specifications and standards used by the U.S. Department of Defense.


Military and other federal standards.


All International Telecommunication Union recommendations.

NASA Standards

NASA-developed standards by standard number.

National Fire Protection Agency

Information and Knowledge on Fire, Electrical and Related Hazards

Open Charge Alliance

Electric Vehicle Charging

Databases for Identifying Standards

California State Codes

Citing Standards

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