April 26, 2014
The code of ethics for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE) and National Society for Professional Engineers (NSPE) are written using different language. The Code of ethics for the IEEE is written as though the members developed these ethical guidelines based on their own personal values. It is written in the context that they are voluntarily holding themselves to the standards outlined. The code of ethics for the NSPE is written from the perspective of a governing body. The ethical code of the NSPE uses directive verbiage. It utilizes the words“shall” or “may” to direct how members of their organization conduct business.
The codes of ethics for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE) and National Society for Professional Engineers (NSPE) have similarities. They both recognize the importance of engineering as a part of our society. Both codes of ethics similarly list the specific guidelines for adherence to this code addressing the basic fundamental values such as public safety, equality and integrity. They both also recognize that engineers must adhere to the highest degree of professional conduct in order to protect those values.