Mis-education of the Filipino Engineer

ojtThe Philippines is one of the few countries like the United States which requires new graduate engineers to undergo board examination to test their proficiency of their chosen discipline. Other countries like the UK, Australia, New Zealand and some commonwealth countries, new graduate engineers will undergo at least four (4) years of on-the-job training before becoming a professional engineer.

A graduate engineer during the four (4) years of training will be under the mentoring of professional engineers. After the training period, the graduate engineer before becoming a professional engineer will undergo assessment by a professional body.

In the Philippines, once the new graduate engineer passes the board examination, he could already practice as a professional engineer. IMHO this is not totally practical. That is why, even a licensed Filipino Engineer could not compete head-to-head to other engineers from countries, or worst, could not even practice his profession in other countries landing them into the trades market.

The Philippine engineering curriculum does not provide for students' on-the-job training before graduation. Other countries, require their students to undergo at least six(6) months on the job training before awarding them their degree thus after graduation, they have the right tools to use in searching for the right job.

The mis-education of the Filipino Engineer is costing him good opportunities in the global job market.

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Ver Pangonilo

A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) – Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) – Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).

  • I agree with this blog. It’s really happening in our country. I’m an ECE dito sa cebu, but I’m trying to hard to gain experience anything closest to engineering – Project engineer, sales engineer, maintenance, property, etc. Malabo na sa mga semiconductor/production companies kasi backer system.

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