Ceramics Engineering (CerE)
About the Department
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering 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. However, only the BS Ceramic Engineering was continued while the BS Metallurgical and Mining Engineering were not offered due to lack of faculty to teach the professional subjects.
The department had acquired state-of-the-art equipment such as X-ray Diffraction (XRD) Analyzer, X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzer, Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (SEM-EDS), Metallurgical and Optical Microscope for advanced characterization techniques of various materials.
Department Objectives for the Ceramic Engineering Program
- To produce ceramic engineering graduates who are competitive and able to play a leading role in sustainable development and progress.
- To provide quality ceramic engineering education in the country and in particular to Region 1 by encouraging faculty to undergo continuing education programs.
- To undertake research and extension among faculty, staff and students by conducting programs and keeping abreast with the latest developments in ceramic technology.
The program offering of the Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering at MMSU was approved by the Board of Regents (BR No. 228 s. 1994).
The BS Ceramic Engineering 2018 curriculum at MMSU is a four-year program. It is the engineering discipline that studies the structure, properties, processing and applications of traditional and advanced inorganic and non-metallic materials including biomimic materials that are generally processed at an elevated temperature into useful products. A professional Ceramic Engineer will assume leading roles in the technological and socio-economic development of both local and foreign industry in the field of ceramic materials, particularly in the areas of research, development, manufacturing, maintenance and operation.
The 2018 curriculum was in accordance to the Commission on Higher Education Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 90, s. 2017 and was contents noted by the Commission on Higher Education – Region 1 (CHED-RO1) in July 17, 2018. It contains 180 units with 68 subjects comprising the following course classification: technical courses (129 units) which include: mathematics (15 units), natural/physical sciences (8 units), basic engineering sciences (24 units), allied courses (16 units), and professional courses (66 units); and non-technical courses (50 units) which include: general education courses (24 units), mandated courses (15 units), physical education (8 units), national service training program (6 units).
The 2018 curriculum of the BS Ceramic Engineering program also offers the following: On-the-Job Training (OJT) program - to provide students the opportunity to combine an excellent education with career related, “hands-on” experience; Seminar and Plant Visit - to let students have an actual visit to the different ceramic industries in the Philippines; and Undergraduate Thesis - wherein students have to conduct research study in the field of ceramic engineering individually to develop their writing and presentation skills.
The BS Ceramic Engineering at MMSU is a five-year program designed to produce graduates who possess comprehensive knowledge on the processes and operations in the manufacture of ceramic products from raw material characterization to final product processing. It offers On-the-Job Trainings which provide students the opportunity to combine an excellent education with career-related, “hands on” experience; an important stepping stone in overall career development. Through the OJT program, students work in full-time assignments which allow them to apply what is learned in the classroom to a work setting. In addition, they learn professional work ethics, build their character and get exposed to real workplace situations. The 2008 curriculum was in accordance to the Commission on Higher Education Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 46, Series of 2007 and was contents noted by the Commission on Higher Education – Region 1 (CHED-RO1) in October 20, 2015.
Awards and Recognition
- Level 3 Phase 1 Accredited by AACCUP in November 2016
- Certificate of Program Compliance to operate BSCerE effective AY 2015-2016 in November 18, 2015 granted by CHED
- Center of Development for Ceramic Engineering – December 21, 2009 – December 21, 2012 and extended up to May 2015 awarded by CHED
- Presidential Award as Center of Development for Ceramic Engineering Program in January 10, 2011 awarded by MMSU
- Center of Development for Ceramic Engineering – 1999 – 2001 awarded by CHED