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A group of 3 Engineering Science degree students in a classroom. One shows the others how a small mechanical device works, in front of a computer for comparison.

If your goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering, beginning at NECC will get you off to a smart start. Not only will you save thousands of dollars, you’ll also benefit from tremendous student support services while working and learning in our state-of-the-art labs and technology center.

Why Choose NECC?

NECC’s program was developed in cooperation with the American Society for Engineering Education as well as the engineering departments of several four-year schools, ensuring that you will be well prepared to succeed. You will also be able to transfer credits easily. In this program you will:

  • Choose from engineering concentrations including chemical, civil/environmental, electrical/computer, and mechanical
  • Learn and work in state-of-the-art computer labs, electronics labs, and NECC’s Hartleb Technology Center
  • Be taught by professionals with many years of experience
  • Have access to tutors and career advisors
  • Gain real-world experience in internships and networking opportunities

Because of NECC

Start at NECC and save nearly $12,000 when you transfer to a state university like UMass Lowell – and even more if you transfer to a private university. After completing this degree you can:

  • Transfer to the four-year school of your choice
  • Prepare for a career as a chemic, civil/environmental, electrical/computer, or mechanical engineer

Top 10

Engineering Science is one of NECC’s top ten largest programs


Being a student at NECC prepared me to transfer to UMass Lowell. The environment was exactly what I needed in order to get good grades and transfer.”

Joanel Vasquez, Engineering Science


Hear What Paul Chanley, Department Chair Engineering Science, Has to Say

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Career Paths & Job Market

Career Paths

Career Paths

Below is a sampling of placements for past interns and graduates in Electronics and Engineering:

  • AVID Technology
  • BOC Edwards
  • Bradford Engineering Company
  • CAD Associates
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Circuit City
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • First Essex Bank
  • Internal Revenue Services
  • Media One
  • UPS

Selected Tasks Completed by Students on Job Sites

  • Develop effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Get experience in working as part of a team
  • Acquire capacity for detail
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Get involved in research structure
Helpful Links for Researching Careers

Helpful Links for Researching Careers

Transferring to a 4 year College or University

Transferring to a 4 year College or University

See Transfer Programs and Transfer Events under Academic Support.

NECC’s Academic Support has an extensive list of colleges that regularly recruit NECC transfer students.

Program Pathways

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. The Engineering Science Degree has five pathways:

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes - Engineering Science

Student Learning Outcomes – Engineering Science

  • Analyze problems, isolate and describe the important components of a problem: what is given (design specifications, performance requirements and testing standards). Identify variables- known and unknown.
  • Represent problems in a visual form, such as a schematic, flow chart, diagram, data table, or model.
  • Validate strong fundamentals in the aptitude to formulate and solve problems by applying principles of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • Prove the capacity to conduct an experiment, use laboratory materials, properly and safely, note observations accurately, precisely and describe procedures.
  • Effectively use software simulation and information acquisition tools to collect, analyze and interpret data. Develop proficiency in the use and application of new tools and methods from the field of math, science, engineering and technology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be an independent and equal contributor on a team-based project. Be able to articulate the overall team project goals and roles of the members.

Courses and Requirements



Department Contacts

Department Contacts

Paul Chanley

Department Chair, Office: TC-219 Phone: 978-556-3502 Email:

Douglas J. Leaffer, MSCE

Associate Professor – Engineering, Office: TC-219 Phone: 978-556-3676 Email:

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