Technical Codes and Standards

Standards, codes and specifications are extremely important technical documents in engineering and related technical fields. Use the library to access these documents. 


A code is a set of rules and specifications for the correct methods and materials used in a certain product, building or process. Codes can be approved by local, state or federal governments and can carry the force of law.  The main purpose of codes is to protect the public by setting up the minimum acceptable level of safety for buildings, products and processes.


A technical standard is an established norm or requirement. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices. A simple example of a standard is the “righty-tighty, lefty-loosy” rule. Most threaded items have right-hand threads, per the ASME/ANSI B1.1 Unified Thread Standard. Standards allow for interchangeability of parts, system interoperability, and they ensure quality, reliability and safety.

Find Codes and Standards

Use these databases to search for codes and standards.

Codes and Standards Databases

Once you know the name and number of a particular standard, search the MSOE Library Catalog to see if we own a copy of it.

If you can’t find what you are looking for in the library catalog, complete a Standards Order Form, and the library will obtain the standard for you.  This service applies only to current MSOE students, staff and faculty.
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