I came across this question in Yahoo answers
Why are engineers in the Philippines degraded?
Most companies in the Philippines required their engineers to do the job of a technician. Is it shameful? In other countries an engineer is an engineer.
The most favored answer by readers is
almost everything in the philippines can be explained by money and economy. engineers in the philippines are not degraded. but you need to consider that the economy of the usa is a lot bigger than that of the philippines. for this reason, both economy work in different ways. as a result salaries and wages are also different. lower salaries in the usa might let the engineers feel that they are degraded, but here, it is part of life. meaning if you cannot hack it, then leave.
This question is not answerable by a simple answer. There are many perspective in which this question could be looked at such as
- Academic background - Not all universities and colleges in the Philippines are created equal. Methods of instructions, teaching staff, facilities, laboratory equipments, library books and references, etc.
Some universities tend to hire new graduates as their teaching staff. I am not against this practice, my only concern is, the students will only be as good as their teacher.
It will be different if the teacher has some experiences in the real world. The teacher will then be able to relate theory into practical applications conceivable by the students.
Reference books and laboratory equipment are also very important to prepare the student into becoming a highly knowledgeable engineer.
- Experience - New graduates tend to start from the bottom by learning the skill of a technician. As the new graduate engineer only have theory as a tool, using it into practical applications is a big dilemma on their part. Example, how many Electrical Engineering graduate truly know how a synchronous motor look like? Or how to design a wye-delta motor starter with the correct time delay settings?
- Job Opportunities - Due to the over-supply of Engineers in the Philippines, the Engineer may have applied for the job of a technician just for survival.
- Continuing Education - Engineers should continue to uplift their knowledge not because it is a requirement for license renewal but because it is a means to remain competitive in the job market and to be up-to-date to technology advances.
Attending seminars is one way to have continuing education. Keeping up-to-date with standards and codes, or reading the latest technology at your own leisure time is another.
Overseas, particularly in the Middle East, most Filipino Engineers do the jobs of technicians. Some call themselves Design Engineers but in reality, they are just CAD designers, they don't even do calculations or prepare reports applying some engineering principles.
It is truly embarrassing seeing a fellow Engineers doing such work but that is what their skill and knowledge is suited for. It will only be for the Filipino engineer to uplift himself and stand up to the qualities of a true Engineer.