The Department was established in 1993 through the initiative of Dr. Elias L. Calacal, the 4th President of Mariano Marcos State University. This very active Department was tasked to offer three (3) engineering programs namely: Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering. But only BS Ceramic Engineering was continued due to lack of faculty to teach the professional subjects in BS Metallurgical and Mining Engineering respectively.

In 1999, the BS Ceramic Engineering Program of the Department was awarded as Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education for three (3) years effective 1999 to 2001 and enjoy funding support from CHED and other agencies. In December 2009, for the second time, the BS Ceramic Engineering Program was again awarded as Center of Development by CHED for another three years and was extended up to May 2014.

Research activities in the Department extends across basic and applied fields focusing on the current needs of the industry and developed special relationships with leading ceramic industries in the country.