Both Professional/Consulting and Associate members receive:

1. Custom name badge.

2. Continuing subscription to the monthly OCCN newsletter, The OC Independent*.

3. Free publication of marketing or other articles in The OC Independent.

4. Continuing subscription to the quarterly AICN Newsletter*.

5. Receipt of E-Mail News and Reminders*.

6. Receipt of all client referrals by E-Mail.

7. Access to the OCCN Database and resources via the Web (a password-protected area).

8. Participation in Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) activities.

9. Support to start and chair an OCCN Special Interest Group on an appropriate topic.

10. Full voting privileges.

11. Access to any group discounts arranged for OCCN members.

12. An opportunity to get involved and help others as well as one's own business.

*Also available on request to non-members on a short-term, renewable basis.

In addition, Professional/Consulting members also receive the following promotional benefits:

13. Listing in OCCN Brochures and Directories (when published).

14. Detailed listing and Business Resume on OCCN Web Site (

15. Participation in special promotional activities as they are developed.


All OCCN members agree to:

1. Adhere to the IEEE Code of Ethics (over).

2. Extend a helping hand, whenever possible, to other OCCN members.

3. Participate in OCCN activities to the extent possible.

4. Refer others to the OCCN as potential clients or potential members, whenever possible.

5. Provide a prompt, courteous response to all potential client inquiries, whether for your services or
          for the referral to another member or associate.

6. Understand that other members in your same field are not "competitors" but potential resources,
          mentors/mentorees, marketing support, and referrals.

7. Renew membership and update changes in business and personal information promptly.

8. Respond promptly to OCCN requests for information (ballots, surveys, confirmations).

9. Certify that all business and personal information provided to the OCCN is true and correct to the
          member's best knowledge.

In addition, Professional/Consulting members are required to have:

a) A legal business name and all necessary business licenses.

b) A phone with "professional-sounding" answering during business hours.

c) An E-mail address that is read on a reasonably prompt basis.

d) An intent and availability to do business.


When attending OCCN Networking meetings, you have the opportunity to:

1. Introduce yourself, your business, and your specialties to other attendees.

2. Exchange business cards with other attendees.

3. Participate and "interact" in meeting activities, rather than just listening to a speaker 

     and being shunned by an "old boys' network".

4. Meet other engineers that are:

5. Utilize multiple opportunities to talk personally with other attendees regarding various issues or
6. Learn about future activities and issues affecting consultants.

7. Begin building long term business, professional and/or personal relationships:

Other OCCN activities include:

a) Special Interest Groups on business-related topics 

b) Workshops and Seminars 

c) Fee Surveys


The Orange County IEEE Consultants' Network (OCCN) is a network of independent engineering consultants and consulting firms, in ALL engineering fields, providing services in and around Orange County, California.


"Engineering Problem Solvers in ALL Engineering Fields"


To become a respected and prominent networking organization in Orange County, and surrounding areas, that provides significant benefits to its members whom, in turn, are known for providing outstanding services to their clients.


To provide our members with the promotional services, resources, and networking to improve their independent consulting practices.


While the OCCN is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc., (IEEE), only our officers are required to be members of the IEEE. Many of our members are also members of other such associations as the ACM, AChS, AIAA, APC, ASME, CSPE, ICCA, and OCFCA.

The IEEE Code of Ethics

1. To accept responsibility in making engineering decisions consistent with the safety, health and
          welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the

2. To avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected
         parties when they do exist;

3. To be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data;

4. To reject bribery in all its forms;

5. To improve the understanding of technology, its appropriate application, and potential consequences;

6. To maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake technological tasks for others
          only if qualified by training or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;

7. To seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and
          to credit properly the contributions of others;

8. To treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion, gender, disability, ages, or
          national origin;

9. To avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action;

10. To assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them in
           following this code of ethics.



Ron Taggart, Secretary
(949) 852-9144