Eligibility and Employ Ability of ME Grad of RSU

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<p>1. Research Title</p> <p>MECHANICAL ENGINEERING GRADUATES OF ROMBLON STATE UNIVERSITY: A TRACER STUDY</p> <p>2. Proponent/Institution: Name/Designation:</p> <p>ORLEY G. FADRIQUEL Asst. Professor II Romblon State University Odiongan, Romblon orleygfadriquel@yahoo.com +639198686764 (042) 567 5580 (CET Office) DR. JETER S. SESPENE Romblon State University College of Engineering and Technology January November 2010 P 20,000.00 Romblon State University None</p> <p>Agency &amp; Address:</p> <p>Email address Cellular Phone Number: Telephone Number Head of the Institution 3. Implementing Agency</p> <p>4. Project Duration 5. Total Budget 6. Funding Agency 7. Collaborating Agency</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>ABSTRACT Out of the total 153 populations it showed that seven (7) have graduated for the 1st batch, twenty (20) for the 2nd batch, twenty one (21) for the 3rd batch, fourteen (14) for the 4th batch, eighteen (18) for the 5th batch, twenty one (21) for the 6th batch, seventeen (17) for the batch seven, twenty five (25) graduates in the 8th batch and ten (10) in batch nine. Graduates in school year 2007-2008 has the highest number of graduates representing 16.34% and batch 2000-2001 has the least number of graduates representing 4.58%. Eighty one respondents representing 52.94% out of 153 graduates were traced out. Graduates from 2000-2001 has the highest percentage of being traced out with 85.72% while graduates from 2005-2006 has the least having 28.57% only. Forty four of the respondents are still single, 36 are married and 1 is a widower. It was also shown that Mechanical Engineering is not an attractive course for female since 80 of the respondents are male and only 1 is female. Forty one of the respondents are at the age of 26 30 years of age, 21 are at the age ranging from 21 25 years old, while 16 are in the age 31 36 years old with only 3 with age above 35 years of age. It was also shown that prospect for immediate employment ranked 1 as the reason for choosing the BSME course. Rank 2 is shared by influence of parents and strong passion for the profession. It was also shown that Registered Mechanical Engineers topped the rank of eligibility of the respondents. In rank 2 are respondents that have no eligibilityOrley G. Fadriquel Romblon State University Page 2</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>at all. Ranked third are respondents both TESDA certified and RME, followed by respondents with TESDA eligibility only. In fifth place are respondents that are both CS eligible and TESDA certified. In sixth place are respondents with CS Sub-professional only, in seventh place are respondents with both PRC and CS eligible, and none of the respondents have CS eligibility only. The employment status of employed respondents showed that 43.21 percent of the respondents are permanent employees, 35.8 percent are contractual and 7.41 percent are casual. The unemployed indicates 13.58 percent. The self-employed and no response have zero indications. The reasons of unemployment from 11 unemployed respondents stated that 3 or 27.27 percent reasoned out that there has no job opportunity, 5 or 45.45 percent says that lack of work experience are there reason for unemployment, while the remaining 3 did not respond. The distribution of respondents according to their present occupation also showed that of the 70 respondents, 30 are technicians, 29 are engineers while 20 are supervisors. Six respondents are estimators while 5 are in office work and 5 also are in managerial position. Three are designer and 3 marketing or in sales. One instructor and 1 policeman are included in the list. Employed respondents are distributed according to the type of employment company/organization. It shows that 35 or 50% are engaged in private company, 30 or 42.86% are in manufacturing firm. Two are in LGU and 2 are in CHED/ HEIs while 1 is in government agency.Orley G. Fadriquel Romblon State University Page 3</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>The period of time before the landing a job, most of the respondents or 42.85% landed a job between 7 to 12 months. This was followed by 24.29% indicating that they landed a job more that a year after graduation. Only 17.14 percent indicated that they land a job below one month and 8.57% states that they landed the job between 1 to 6 months. The remaining 7.14% did not respond. The length of employment service of the presently employed respondents was shown as 38 of the respondents stayed in their first job for 1-3 years, while 16 stayed for 3- 5 years. Eleven stayed only for less than 6 months and 5 stayed in more than 6 months but less than 1 year. In their second job, 17 stayed for 6 months but not more than 1 year, while 5 stayed for 1-5 years. In their present job, 38 are staying for 1-3 years and 16 are in the company for more than 3 years now. The study also showed that 28.4% of the respondents attended trainings in different areas. Most of the trainings were sponsored by the company they are working. The remaining 71.6 percent have not attended any advance training. No one from the respondents indicated further studies and reasoned out that their current job indicating 64.29 percent hinders them for further studies. Funding is the next reason indicating 28.57 percent and 7.14% indicated that previous academic performance hinders them to pursue further study The rate given by the respondents to the usefulness of the overall BSME curriculum of RSU for professional work was rated Very Useful except for the undergraduate thesis/ special problems that is rated as Useful.</p> <p>Orley G. Fadriquel</p> <p>Romblon State University</p> <p>Page 4</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>As to the perception of respondents to the prospect of RSU graduates in the job market, accorrdingly 40 respondents or 50% say it is medium, to the 29 or 35.7% says High and the remaining 12 or 14.3% says Low.</p> <p>INTRODUCTION In June 1996, four programs were offered under the Institute of Engineering and Technology of the then Romblon State College. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the Bachelor of Information Technology were included in the sole agricultural engineering program of the College. Curricula were formulated for the different programs adhering to the minimum requirements issued by the Commission on Higher Education incorporating other courses as suggested by the Professional Regulations Commission, Organizations. In March 2001, the College were able to produce graduates from the mentioned new engineering programs where seven pioneering graduates came from the mechanical engineering. From then on, roosters of graduates of the ME program continued. The appointment of Dr. Jeter S. Sespee as the 4th College and 1st University President paved the way in the accreditation of the five programs offered in the College of Engineering and Technology. In 2008, the five programsOrley G. Fadriquel Romblon State University Page 5</p> <p>different</p> <p>Engineering</p> <p>Boards,</p> <p>and</p> <p>accredited</p> <p>Professional</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>were accredited to level one. One of the suggestions in Area III which is the Curriculum in the mechanical program is to conduct tracer study to assess the competitiveness of the ME curriculum and the status of graduates, hence this study.</p> <p>OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY This study was conducted to trace out the status of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduates of Romblon State University, the former Romblon State College. Specifically, it sought to determine the status of ME graduates in four areas: 1. Personal information which includes the socio-demographic profile of the respondents. 2. Studies at RSCU in the College of Engineering and Technology. a. b. c. 3. Eligibility a. b. c. d.Orley G. Fadriquel</p> <p>Year of graduation Reasons for taking the course Scholarships received</p> <p>Civil Service Eligibility ME Board Examination performance TESDA Other EligibilitiesRomblon State University Page 6</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>4. Professional Career a. b. c. d. e. f. g. Employment Status of employment Relevance of curriculum Competencies Usefulness of curriculum in present work Prospect of RSC graduates in the job market Further studies and advance training</p> <p>REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE According to the study of Fazna Mohamed in June 2003, the tracer study he conducted in Meldives College of Higher Education Faculty of Management and Computing indicates that the steady increase in the number of College graduates, employment opportunities for students have become very</p> <p>competitive. In line with the mission of the Maldives College of Higher Education (MCHE) to educate responsible and committed citizens, the College evaluates how its graduates have fared in their employment scene after their training. Routine Alumni Tracer Studies were conducted for this purpose. The graduates covered in the preliminary survey are only for the year 2002 from the Faculty vof Management and Computing (FMC). In his study, it was revealed that the total number of graduates were 43 students. Of this group, 33 students were traced and confirmed with updated</p> <p>Orley G. Fadriquel</p> <p>Romblon State University</p> <p>Page 7</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>contact addresses. Of the total target group of 43 students, 16 students responded and submitted the questionnaire, which is 37% of the total target group. However, considering the group of 33 students who were actually traced produces a response rate of 48%. The group of respondents comprises 31% females and 69% males. This gender division corresponds with the gender ratio of the total target group, where 60% are female and 40% male. The graduates of FMC who have a job at present are employed full time. Of the 5 graduates who are presently employed 58% of graduates characterise their employment as related to sea, air and land transport, storage and communication sector and other community, social and personal service activities, including legal services sector. Table 3 shows the areas of employment by sector, of FMC graduates. The organisations, companies or institutions, which the graduates are attached, can be characterised selfemployed business, family business, government organisations (GO) or a private organisation. Those 16 FMC graduates who had graduated were asked to estimate the number of jobs they have had as well as how the first major employment was offered since their graduation. It is worth noting that 40% of FMC graduates who are currently employed have directly applied to their employers for their jobs. Servanez J.V., et. al. (2010) stated in their tracer study that the common reasons of the BSEE graduates of the Romblon State University in taking the course is because of the opportunity for employment abroad. Sixty five percent of the BSEE graduates were found employed and 35% unemployed. The common reason of unemployment is the lack of job opportunities with the BSEEOrley G. Fadriquel Romblon State University Page 8</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>graduates. The leading occupation among the RSU-BSEE are technician and electrician and most of the employed graduates are working in privates companies in Metro Manila. Employed graduates considered their present job as their job after graduation in college and their primary reasons are salaries, benefits and career challenge and insisted that it has relation to the course they took up in college. As perceived by the RSU BSEE graduates, the college curriculum has relevance, but not much to their first job and the competencies learned in college were found to be useful. The perception of the respondents tpo the prospect of RSU graduates in the job market and for further studies is rated medium. One percent of the respondents did not undergo advance training and 99% did not undergo further studies after completing the baccalaureate degree in RSU and what constrained them from pursuing higher studies includes funding and the current job constrain. Rufon J.F.(2008), in his study Eligibility and Employability of RSC Civil Engineering Graduates states that there were 210 graduates from school year 2001 to 2007. Out of the 210 CE graduates, 147 representing 70% were traced. Of the 147 traced graduates, 90 or 61.2% had no civil service eligibility, 30% are CE board passers and 6.8% had Civil Service eligibility and 2% graduates had both civil service eligibility and passed CE Board Examination. Of the 147 graduates, 83.6% are employed and the remaining 16.4 % are unemployed. Of the presently employed, 50.3% are in private companies whose job is in line with their specialization, 12.9% are in private companies but not in line with their specialization. The remaining 30 graduates are in government agencies withOrley G. Fadriquel Romblon State University Page 9</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>11.6% are in line with their specialization and 8.8% are not in line with their specialization. Faminial, M. R. B., et. al. (2009), states the total population in their study was 219 and out of this population, 52.3% were tracked. Most of the traced graduates were female, single and usually between 24 to 27 years of age. Most fo the graduates were from SY 2003 -2004. Prospect career advancement was the main reason why they tool the program. Inspired by a roe model, strong passion for the profession, availability of course offering in the chosen institution were tha main reasons why some of the respondents pursued post graduate studies. Very few graduates took advance studies and training, but most who attended trainings were relevant to their degree and work., for the reason of professional development. Only few of the graduates passed Civil Service examination. The employment rate of the BSBA graduates was 76.65 percent. Most of the graduates were regularly or permanently employed in the private companies within the Philippines, receiving monthly earnings ranging from P5,000.00 P 10,000.00. Most found their job as walk-in applicants after 1 to 6 months of waiting period and stayed for a minimum of one month and a maximum of six months. For those who accepted and changed or quitted in their first job, their main reason was salaries and benefits. The curriculum of th BSBA was reveald relevant to the industry and employability of the graduates.</p> <p>Orley G. Fadriquel</p> <p>Romblon State University</p> <p>Page 10</p> <p>Mechanical Engineering Graduates Of Romblon State University: A Tracer Study</p> <p>CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK</p> <p>ELIGIBILITY OF THE GR...</p>