"Molding the Future of Metal Industries" 

The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) is still accepting applicants for the Training Program on CNC Machine Tool Programming and Operations.  The training program is the parallel move of the Department of Science and Technology to the Memorandum Circular No. 02, Series of 2012, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) declaring the CNC machinist skill as a mission critical skill (MCS).  

The pressing problem:

With this initiative, the brain drain of CNC skilled workers will be addressed.  The current brain drain is a result of CNC machinists, programmers, and operators leaving the country for work abroad.

Our solution:

The DOST, through the MIRDC, launched and implemented the project entitled, “Human Resource Intervention for Sustainable Growth and Competitiveness of the Metals and Engineering Sector: Development and Implementation of Appropriate Training Curriculum Design for CNC Machine Tool Programming and Operations.”  The project aims to produce 800 trainee-graduates who will fill up the industry’s need for skilled CNC workers.

Our accomplishments:

Upon its implementation in late 2012, the CNC Training Program has been conducted in various selected regions of the country.  The project’s progress is summarized in the lists below.

a.    List of graduates and on-going batches (20 pax per batch) in different regions

  Graduates On-going
NCR (MIRDC) 7 batches 3 batches
CAR 4 batches -
Iloilo 1 batch
Cebu - 1 batch
Batangas 1 batch 1 batch
Talisay (Negros Occ.) 1 batch 2 batches
Davao - 1 batch

b. List of Partner Support Organizations (PSOs)

1.     Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Training Centers

o    CAR (Baguio)
o    NCR (Taguig)
o    Region IVA (Batangas)
o    Region VI (Iloilo and Negros Occidental)
o    Region VII (Cebu)
o    Region XI (Davao)

2.    Western Visayas College of Science and Technology
3.    Metalworking Industries Association of the Philippines, Inc.
4.    Philippine Die and Mold Association, Inc.
5.    Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines, Inc.

c.     List of Sponsoring Firms (Industry Immersion)

1.  Parts Phils.
2.  MESCO, Inc.
3.    HDM Tech.
4.    Rollmaster Machinery & Industrial Services Corp.
5.    Skan Machine Shop and Rewinding SVC
6.    NSB Engineering Design and Fabrication
7.    CC Barleta Machine Shop Service Center
8.    Laguna Metts
9.    Arms Corporation of the Philippines
10.  VJF Toolmaster Corporation
11.  Maximetal
12.  Tiger Machinery and Industrial Corp.
13.  La Rota Tools and Dies Services, Inc.
14.  Gaylan Technologies
15.  Manly Plastics, Inc.
16.  Phil-Nippon Metal Works, Inc.
17.  Choryo Toolings Systems, Inc.
18.  Samsotite Plastics, Inc.
19.  JAMCO Phils., Inc.
20.  Government Arsenal
21.  Metalcast Corp.
22.  MOOG Controls Corp.
23.  Anvil Metal Shop
24.  Peñaflor Precision Technologies

The training program will run until December 2014.  The MIRDC is accepting applicants for training to fill in the needed number of graduates as an answer to the M&E industries’ workforce requirements.  

Qualified applicants are preferably those with basic knowledge and skills in conventional machining (turning or milling) and basic computer operations.  In addition, applicants must either be:

- High School graduates with machining course from TESDA or TESDA-accredited training institutions;
- Vocational/trade course graduates (preferably Mechanical Technology or related course); or
- College level students who completed at least two years studies, preferably in an engineering course.

Training is free for unemployed participants.  A daily stipend of P300.00 will be provided to unemployed trainees for the entire duration of the CNC Training Program.  

For inquiries, please contact the MIRDC through tel. nos. (02)837-0764 or (02)837-0431 to 38 locals 464, 465, or 467, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or through selected DOST Regional Offices.