Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Philippines

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In the Philippines, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering has always been one of the top pick courses of many students looking to venture into the field of engineering.

The BS Mechanical Engineering program is diverse and broad in scope because anything with something mechanical may be considered to be part of it.  It can be related to vehicles, computers, energy conversion plants, machines, trains, refrigeration, designing, jet, submarines, hot air balloons, or robots. Yet there could still be other related topics. This is why, in some schools, it currently takes five years to complete the curriculum.

Curriculum of the BS Mechanical Engineering program

The program includes academic credit units comprised of general education, technical, allied, fundamental, and professional courses. The fields allied to mechanical engineering may be in:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • BioMedical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering

In the Philippines, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) mandates that BSME student must attend an on-the-job training (OJT) in the last year of the course to validate as well as test the knowledge of students prior to graduation. A substitute for OJT is either plant visit or seminar attendances provided these are of equivalent significance.

To summarize, a graduate of BS in Mechanical Engineering is expected to be able to:

  • Apply what one has learned in mathematics and science to solve problems of mechanical engineering;
  • Use techniques, skills, and engineering tools necessary for practice;
  • Design a system, process, or component based on realistic elements to meet the desired needs in the industry.

A BS Mech Engineering graduate can find employment in the industries of manufacturing, automotive, power generation, and utility plants, among others. With these said, professional services could be by consultation requiring knowledge about mechanical engineering, investigation, estimation and valuation, designing and operation about quality management, research, and many more. The teaching, lecturing, and reviewing of the said course in a school, college, university or any educational institution can also be thought of as a practice of Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering Licensure Exam

But before all of that, a graduate should first pass the Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examination conducted by the Board of Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). This exam is usually given in March and September of ever year.

The board exam topics and coverage are the following:

I. Mechanical Engineers

  • Industrial and Power Plant Engineering – 35%
  • Mathematics, Engineering Economics and Basic Engineering Services – 35%
  • Machine Design, Materials and Shop Practice – 30%
  • TOTAL – 100%

II. Certified Plant Mechanics

  • Elements of Power Plant Machinery – 30%
  • Shop Machinery Practice – 35%
  • Elements of Industrial Plant Machinery – 35%
  • TOTAL – 100%

The following are the requirements for the application to take the Mechanical Engineering board exam:

  • A degree in BS Mechanical Engineering
  • NSO/PSA Birth Certificate
  • NSO/PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  • Transcript of Records with scanned pictures and remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  • Valid NBI Clearance (First Timers & Repeaters)
  • Payment: Php 900.00

Best Schools for Mechanical Engineer in the Philippines

You may view below the average passing rates of top Mechanical Engineering schools in the Philippines in previous Board Exams.

Category 1: Schools with 50 or below examinees

CFA Exam Pass RatePassersTotal TakersCFA Passing Rate
CFA Exam Level 1719,5191,696,45142.4%
CFA Exam Level 2356,588769,42546.3%
CFA Exam Level 3246,654430,29757.3%

Category 2: Schools with 51-100 examinees

CFA Exam Level 1PassTotalPass Rate
June 2019Coming soonComing soon%
December 201834,651 77,24544.9%
June 201834,54779,50743.5%
December 2017 29,583 68,086 43.4%
June 2017 27,158 63,283 42.9%
December 2016 25,807 59,627 43.3%
June 2016 25,093 58,677 42.8%
December 2015 22,274 52,315 42.6%
June 2015 21,303 51,134 41.7%
December 2014 20,589 47,175 43.6%
June 2014 19,592 47,005 41.7%
December 2013 19,469 45,693 42.6%
June 2013 18,078 47,502 38.1%
December 2012 18,106 48,981 37.0%
June 2012 18,968 49,445 38.4%
December 2011 18,736 49,380 37.9%
June 2011 18,881 48,068 39.3%
December 2010 17,009 46,785 36.4%
June 2010 19,656 46,863 41.9%

Category 3: Schools with 101 or more examinees

2BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO GS FUND0.32%
3Philippine Business BankDiamond Fund0.28%
4BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO PESO BOND FUND0.25%
5Union BankUnionBank Philippine Peso Fixed Income Portfolio-0.09%
6BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Peso Medium Term Bond Fund-0.19%
7Asia United BankPeso Investment Trust Fund-0.35%
8Union BankUnionBank High Net Worth Medium-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund-0.40%
9Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Bond Feeder Fund-0.43%
10Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Max-5 Bond Fund-0.46%

Note: The table above only ranks the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) past Mechanical Engineer Licensure Exams in February 2018, September 2017, March 2017, and September 2016.

Source: PRC Philippines (; Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

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