I. Description of Course
Mechanical Engineering is a course designed to teach students the appropriate skills for analyzing, designing, operating, and maintaining various mechanical systems. In the span of five years, mechanical engineering students are taught about the principles of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, structural analysis, and materials science. After which, students are required to undergo a licensure examination provided by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
II. Cost of Education
In public universities, an entire course in Mechanical engineering can cost just P38,000 at P3,800 per semester. However, in private universities and colleges, a course in mechanical engineering can cost as much as P495,000 in expensive schools and P295,000 in the less expensive ones.
III. Top Universities for Course
Based on the passing rate for the PRC Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examinations, the top mechanical engineering school is Central Mindanao University. From 2008 to 2010, the Central Mindanao University has boasted of a 100% passing rate. At second place is the Batangas State University, with a passing rate of 98.20% from 2008 to 2010. At third place is Xavier University at 97.60%, followed by UP Diliman with 97.49% and Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology at 96.75%.
Skills and Factors:
I. Skills/Physical Attributes
Aspiring Mechanical Engineers must have the following skills/attributes:
– strong grasp on mathematical concepts
– good analytical skills
– good deductive reasoning skills
– creativity, especially when it comes to technological designs
– computer literacy
Mechanical engineers are expected to inspect, assess, create, operate, or maintain machines to the best of their abilities and in accordance to process requirements. They need to keep in mind the safety and cost-effectiveness of their work, and to collaborate with other members of the team in order to do so.
Career Outlook and Global Demand:
I. Global Demand
The local and global demand for mechanical engineers is always on the rise. Highly technological countries such as the United States and the United Arab Emirates have a high demand for mechanical engineers. Furthermore, Mechanical Engineering is a course that offers students a very wide array of choices once they graduate. As such, mechanical engineers can pretty much take their pick on what industry they want to work for.
II. Expected Salary
The salary grade of a mechanical engineer usually depends on what industry he is working for. For example, a mechanical engineer who works in the electronics industry can get a basic salary of P16,500 upwards. Those working with plastic and other non-metals could get a basic salary of P21,500 upwards. Mechanical engineers working for the transportation industry sometimes get the choicest salaries, usually at P30,000 and above.
III. Opportunities for Advancement
Mechanical engineers usually start out as apprentices as they branch out into specific fields. However, as they progress in their jobs, they can be promoted to a supervisory or managerial position, often handling apprentices themselves.
Those who do not want to take up managerial positions may choose to focus on personal growth and to take up a specific expertise or specialization.