Northern Essex Community College faculty member Jay Fallon is the coordinator of the new NECC Advanced Manufacturing Precision Machining Program.

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Advanced Manufacturing Degree Trains for High Demand Jobs   jay-fallon Manufacturing has gone high tech. Northern Essex Community College recognizes this and in response has designed a new degree to train workers for employment in this high demand career. Beginning in the fall, Northern Essex will offer an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Science Advanced Manufacturing Precision Machining. Northern Essex already offers a certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Precision Machining. The first year of the associate degree essentially mirrors the certificate. The associate degree is designed to train individuals on certain unique skills that manufacturing businesses currently require, said Jay Fallon, program coordinator. “There are manufacturing jobs sitting idle because companies can’t find trained workers,” Fallon said. Both the certificate and degrees programs prepare individuals to be job ready, he said. Students will receive hands-on training on modern, computerized machining equipment at either Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover or Whittier Regional Vocational High School in Haverhill. Classes, including English composition, engineering design graphics, 3D printing, programming of CNC equipment, and computer aided drafting, will be held on the Northern Essex campus. Instructors work in or have experience in a modern manufacturing environment. Today, manufacturers use technology to create innovative solutions to problems and processes. This associate program is ideal for individuals with strong analytic, mechanical, and technical skills, said Fallon. While the certificate prepares students for an associate degree. The associate degree prepares students to enter a bachelor’s degree program in engineering at a four-year college or university. Graduates of the program will be able to pursue jobs as machinists, cell leaders, precision machining technicians, engineering assistants, and manufacturing specialists. For additional information on the Engineering Science Advanced Manufacturing Precision Machining Associate of Science Degree visit For information on the certificate program visit contact Fallon at or call 978-556-3371. Northern Essex offers associate degrees in engineering science and engineering science: technology option that prepare you for a career or transfer to a four-year institution. All technology and engineering program information can be found at With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Nearly 6,600 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 3,400 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts. For more information, visit the website at]]>

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