DOST trains tool programmers for free


BRIGHTER employment prospects await at least 800 peoples who received free training for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Tool Programming and Operations from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The training program is part of DOST’s push for industry competitiveness in the metals and engineering sector that aims to address the lack of workers with this skill in the manufacturing industry.

Dr. Danilo Pilar, chief of the Technology Diffusion Division of DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), said the Department of Labor and Employment had identified CNC machining as a “mission critical skill” in 2012. This means that it is an absolute necessary skill in the industry; takes a long time to produce; and cannot be easily replaced.

CNC is a process in manufacturing that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. CNC machinists are in charge of programming, setting up and operating CNC machines to cut, shape and form metal castings. These machines allow the manufacture of products that are exactly the same copies, which is vital in aerospace, medical equipment, and other industries that require precision in manufacturing.

The program to provide free CNC training to qualified unemployed individuals started in 2012 and will end December this year.

“The trainees are given P300 per day as stipend for the entire duration of training program,” Pilar said.

The 62-day training program includes a twenty-day industry immersion with partner companies of MIRDC. So far, 569 students have graduated from the program and another 237 are set to graduate from the ongoing batches. “This means we have exceeded the target of 800 trainee graduates by the end of the year,” Pilar added.

He said the demand for CNC machinist is very high. In the first batch alone, MIRDC has monitored that more than half of the graduate trainees were eventually employed in the companies where they had their industry immersion. Most of their industry partner companies promise to hire the graduates from the training.

According to Labor Market Trends Publication of the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment, an entry level CNC machinist earns a salary of P15,000 to P20,000 a month.

Pilar clarified that they also accept employed individuals from their partner companies in the training program. Most of their trainees are from the unemployed ranks.

The graduates will also have to render three years of service in the country in exchange for the free training provided.

The training program is being implemented in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in eight locations nationwide which include: MIRDC office in Bicutan Taguig, and Tesda training offices in Taguig, Baguio, Batangas, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, and Davao.

To qualify for the program, an applicant must be at least a high school graduate with machining course from Tesda or Tesda accredited training institutions; vocational/trade course graduate or completed two years of college preferably in engineering course. –


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