The genesis of PN Engineering College lies in the Officers Training Section (OTS) which was set up in 1962 as part of PNS KARSAZ.
In 1966 the status of OTS was upgraded to that of a college and given the name of PN Engineering College (PNEC). PNEC was affiliated with Karachi University in the same year. In 1977, the affiliation of PNEC was transferred to NED University of Engineering & Technology. The college was shifted to its present location in 1982 and commissioned as PNS JAUHAR as an independent unit of Pakistan Navy. In 1995 it became constituent college of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Rawalpindi.
As a constituent college of NUST, PNEC is governed by latest HEC, PEC and NUST statutes for conducting various BE, MS and PhD programmes both for service and civilian students. The college conducts degree courses in the disciplines of Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering and MS/PhD courses in the disciplines of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. These courses are also availed by sister services and brotherly countries.
Since 1987, civilian students are also being enrolled in these courses each year. Apart from BE and MS/PhD courses, the college also provides specialized mid career courses for Pakistan Navy Technical Officers after they have obtained competency certificate from onboard PN Ships. These include Marine Engineering Systems management Course(MESMC) and Weapons Engineering System Management Course(WESMC), especially designed to meet the service requirements of the officers in their career.
To maintain quality standards set by NUST (mainly through NUST Statutes), the college has acquired ISO-9001:2000 certification. Quarterly internal quality audits and annual external quality audits are carried out to ensure compliance of above mentioned standard. In addition, PEC and HEC also audit PNEC regularly for checking academic and examinations standards for accreditation of degree programmes.