Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P and Jobstreet.com partner again for the 3rd Philippine Engineering Student Congress

With the success of the last two installments, Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.), through its Career Center, once again partnered with Jobstreet.com Philippines for the 3rd Philippine Engineering Student Congress (PESC) held on March 9, 2018 at the T.I.P. Quezon City Anniversary Hall.

The 3rd PESC successfully gathered over 600 engineering students from different colleges and universities from around the country. Carrying the theme “Engineering towards the Development of the Economy”, this year’s congress aimed to shape the engineering student participants into professionals who will support the growth of the Philippine economy. The 3rd PESC featured panel discussions and informative talks all tackling issues relevant to up and coming engineers including the current engineering career trends, how engineering students can rock the board exam, and critical information about the hiring process from an employer’s perspective.

In her welcoming speech, T.I.P. President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz expressed her joy in welcoming back Jobstreet.com and the graduating engineering student participants, and gave her words of encouragement to the students. “Follow the path of the program you have chosen, become a mechanical engineer if you are now a mechanical engineering student, pursue further studies, and enhance your skills so that you can be more valuable as a Filipino engineer,” said Dr. Quirino-Lahoz.

“Graduates need to display a winning attitude not just in job search but [also] in actual jobs,” Mr. Philip Gioca, Country Manager of Jobstreet.com said. He explained that working is not just about the salary, it is also about the attitude and effort that you exert towards work which your parents, teachers, and even the country invested in you. The congress also helped the students learn the employer’s perspective to give them the edge as they scout for the companies they want to work for. According to Engr. Reynaldo Del Mundo, Specification and Standardization Manager of Schneider Electric and one of the panelists, a job seeker must be malleable, trainable, and idealistic.

The 3rd PESC also helped the student attendees prepare for the board examinations. Engr. Perfecto Padilla Jr., president of the Padilla Review Center, advised that every board examinee should have a sense of success for their selves and never let failures permanently weigh down oneself. He made it clear that the best thing to do if you fail the board examination is to review right away, give the best that you can do, and pass the next board examination.

Throughout the program, various experts from the industry were also invited to share their experiences and insights on how they became successful in their respective fields. The experts who completed the set of panelists were Engr. Charles Julius Santos Oliquino, 4th place November 2017 Civil Engineering Licensure Exam, T.I.P. Manila Alumnus; Marijoan Estolano, Talent Resourcing Specialist of Meralco; Joel Tangonan, National Business Development Manager of Sunfish Asia Energy and Dir. Angie V. Manga from the Administrative Services of the Department of Energy. According to these experts, a job seeker needs to be formal, presentable, and eloquent on the day of their job interview. By having these key traits, employers can already pick up that an applicant is a good assets for the position he or she is applying for.

Aside from the formal discussion with the panel, the 3rd PESC also included its first ever inter-school Quiz Bee which served as a pre-board examination review for the participants and even the audience. At the end of the competition, Batangas State University – Team A won 1st place, Technological Institute of the Philippines – Manila Team ranked 2nd, and Batangas State University – Team B placed 3rd.

The Quiz Bee was followed by the project presentations of select T.I.P. students. The presenters included Team Blade T.I.P. with their “Project Ilawà”, T.I.P. Team Soil Battery with their project entitled “Development of a Clay Soil Array Battery”, and T.I.P. Team Onix presented their “Fiber-reinforced Composite Thermoelectric Tile Utilizing Urban Heat as Renewable Energy Source”.

Student attendees were also able to explore the exhibits of the 30 partner companies from the engineering industry located at the T.I.P Quezon City Congregating Area. Students were able to network and submit their profiles with the top-leading Philippine companies. The partner companies for this year’s congress included Sunfish Asia Energy, AIM, Kalinisan Chemicals, ADP Philippines Inc., Global Payments, AMMEX I-Support Corp., Emerson Electric, TaskUs, Filinvest Land Inc., Ginebra San Miguel, Philip Morris Intl., Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Schneider Electric, VA Tech Wabag Phils., Coca-Cola FEMSA, Fast Laboratories, Megawide, ASEANA Holdings Inc., New Soonly Food Prod., Manila Electric Co., Bounty Fresh Food, Santos Knight Frank, Multiflex RNC Phils., Elements Inc., T.I.P. TechnoCoRe, Hitachi Elevator PH, DSV Shared Services, Metalink Mfg Corp., and Global Elite.