The success of the agricultural machinery industry requires a high level of technical competence and adequate facilities to ensure quality control.Testing is essential in agricultural mechanization to improve machine quality, Cognizant of these requirements, the Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center (AMTEC) was created. It was created in response to the need for an official testing agency for agricultural machinery to guide farmers, agricultural machinery manufacturers and financing institutions in determining suitability of agricultural machines and equipment used under Philippine conditions.

AMTEC was established on July 11, 1977 through a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the University of the Philippines at Los BaƱos (UPLB). However, beginning 1996, AMTEC became under full control of UPLB.

The College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT) of UPLB is the implementing unit of AMTEC. A Director who is concurrentlya member of the academic staff administers the center. AMTEC's plans and programs are reviewed annually by an Advisory Board.