by: Lawrence Neil E. Sagarino

Four of AMTEC-UPLB’s staff attended a training on Machine shop Operations organized by the Metal Industries Research and Development Center (MIRDC) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) from January 15 to 19, 2024, at the MIRDC-DOST, Taguig City.

Engr. Marie Jehosa B. Reyes, Engineer IV and in-charge of AMTEC Mechanical Testing Laboratory, headed the participants. She was accompanied by Engr. Rhey Marc C. Albalos, Junior Engineering Associate, and Mr. Antonio Padua C. Juarez and Mr. Jerome N. Castillo, skilled workers of the Mechanical Testing Laboratory.

The 40-hour capacity-building activities were hosted by the DOST-MIRDC’s Industrial Training Section of the Technology Diffusion Division, which taught the trainees the fundamentals of performing operations on turning, milling, and grinding machines.

Furthermore, safety and management in the machine shop were also tackled as one of the main topics. Specifically, participants were coached about the care and maintenance of related tools and equipment.

This training is part of AMTEC’s ongoing programs to capacitate its staff in performing technical procedures, especially for Mechanical Testing Laboratory test rigs’ upgrading and maintenance.

Moreover, the said training was supported under the College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology (CEAT) Dean’s Office’s Future-Proofing Fund, which aims to inclusively strengthen its academic units for the holistic growth of the university. 

For almost half a century, AMTEC has been dedicated to providing quality services to its clients while constantly facilitating learning among its workforce. These institutional programs are expected to continue as it moves forward to solidify its global competitiveness and strengthen its causes for the greater good of Philippine agriculture