• Top mechanical engineering schools cited by House panel

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    The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education has recognized the nation’s top performing mechanical engineering schools, based on the strong showing of their graduates in the last two eligibility examinations run by the Professional Regulation Commission.

    Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, committee chairman, identified the eight leading mechanical engineering schools as follows [with the percentage of their examinees passing the licensure tests in brackets]:

    Batangas State University – Batangas City (96.37%); University of the Philippines – Diliman (95.00%); St. Louis University – Baguio City (89.58%); De La Salle University – Manila (86.21%); Bicol University – Legazpi City (84.29%); Technological University of the Philippines – Visayas (82.29%); Bataan Peninsula State University – Balanga City (81.67%); and University of the Philippines – Manila (80.48%).

    Citing PRC statistics, Romulo said the eight schools were the only institutions “with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing” the last two Mechanical Engineer Licensure Examinations.

    “As in the past, we are reporting this out to help consumers – prospective mechanical engineering students and their parents — ascertain for themselves as to where they will most likely get the best value for their hard-earned tuition money,” Romulo said.

    Romulo also clarified that there may be smaller schools with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing the last two eligibility tests for mechanical engineers, but these institutions were excluded because they had fewer than 50 examinees.

    PRC and Commission on Higher Education records show that the country has a total of 135 tertiary schools accredited to produce would-be mechanical engineers.

    According to the PRC, some 64.77 percent, or 2,918 out of 4,505 examinees, passed the last two mechanical engineer qualifying tests in March and September 2013.

    Mechanical engineers deal with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of everything with moving parts such as machines, engines, and assemblies used in industrial, instrumentation, transportation and biomedical systems.

    They also wrestle with the conversion of thermal and chemical energy into mechanical work through engines and power plants and how to harness these energies, forces and structures to accomplish an assortment of tasks.

    Manufacturers enlist mechanical engineers to fabricate and select the best materials to ensure the structural integrity of every product, considering that almost all merchandise contain parts that transmit forces.

    Mechanical engineers can practice their profession in manufacturing firms, automotive companies, power generation and utility plants. PNA

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