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BS in Mechanical Engineering in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is a five-year program that deals with the design, development, installation, operation, and maintenance of machinery, engines, and structures used in industrial, biomedical, instrumentation and transportation systems. The program discusses the study of the conversion of thermal and chemical energy into mechanical work through engines and power plants while teaching students the proper utilization of these energies, forces, and structures to successfully perform a variety of tasks.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. They will learn topics relevant that to their degree that will be useful in their college life.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Advanced Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering
  • Methods of Research for Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Machine Elements
  • Materials Science and Engineering for Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermodynamics 1 and 2
  • Combustion Engineering
  • Heat Transfer

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Mechanical Engineering are expected to be able to:

  • Solve complex engineering problems using the application of mathematics and science knowledge
  • Conduct engineering procedures professionally and ethically
  • Understand and explain the significance of engineering solutions globally, economically, and environmentally
  • Use up to date techniques, skills, and engineering tools for mechanical engineering procedures
  • Apply engineering and management principles both as a member and a leader in a team

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in a company, organization, or agency that specializes in mechanical engineering practices and procedures. 

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Mechanical Engineer in the Philippines, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering needs to pass the Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). It is scheduled twice a year in the months of March and September. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Mechanical Engineering may pursue a career path in various development and manufacturing companies or government agencies that needs specialized Mechanical Engineering services. They may apply for roles such as junior mechanical engineer, associate mechanical engineer, technical support engineer, product engineer, junior program analyst, automotive engineer, maintenance engineer, durability and corrosion engineer, instrumentation and controls engineer, or computer systems engineer.

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Reviews of BS in Mechanical Engineering graduates:

R. N.
◈ Studied BS in Mechanical Engineering
◈ At Batangas State University
◈ Graduated 1993

list bulletWhy did I choose Mechanical Engineering: When I was starting my 4th year HS, I asked myself what do I want with my life. Since we were very poor back then (no joke), the most logical and practical thing to do for me is find a course which has more opportunity in getting employed. So I read MB classified adds for the next 3 Sundays, and it was an engineering degree that was always being sought after, ECE then ME, then EE. There was no ECE course in R-IV before, so I chose ME, and fixed my focus on that.

list bulletAbout my college education: This is one of the most difficult technical courses out there. Logical thinking, strengths in Math/Sciences/Physics, lots and lots of common sense, patience and most of all focus are the kind of investments you will need. If you are missing one, don't take the course, you will just ruin your life.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). I have worked as Project Manager, Planning & Control Manager, Proposal Manager, QA/QC Manager in the last 12 years. And before that, holding engineer/supervisory positions in service, shipping and construction companies.

I did menial jobs first, and then able to worked on a small repair contractor company. From then until now, most companies in PH require license, even though actual job doesn't need it. Which I don't have and I did not even attempted to for personal reasons.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Internal Combustion Engine, Corrosion Engineering, Machine Design, Economics, Management, Power Plant Design, Mechanics/Physics.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Mechanical Engineering: This course will provide a wide array of employment opportunity, from sales, technician, engineering design, plant operations, quality assurance/control, consultancy and project management.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you will study this course, forget about extra-curricular activities (cost me another year), try to limit if no choice. If you focus and study smartly there will be no difficult subjects, practice (problem solving) always helps.

If your target is local employment or local consultancy, an engineering license is a must. Overseas, license is not that important though an advantage, and you will be measured by your total worth.
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