by Michelle Jeanne C. Caracut, OPI
“I’m very happy about it but I expected that we would win because we have been practicing this already for almost a year. The preparation is rigid and long,” remarked Prof. Cesar Gabo of the Industrial Automation and Control Engineering Technology Department, SET and coach of the MSU-IIT-IACET Mechatronics Team.
Two BS- Industrial Automation and Mechatronics students, namely: Gelmar A. Coniendo and Junnel E. Cagampang bested other teams by getting the perfect score in the Mechatronics Area of the 2016 Philippine National Skills Competition (PNSC) sponsored by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on June 20-24, 2016 in Taguig, Philippines.
“IIT has been competing since 2007 and has always came out as champion except in 2012 when our team lost to Meralco Foundation,” the Mechatronics expert proudly added.
The PNSC was held to unravel the participants’ skills and showcase their expertise in the various trade areas, namely: Welding, Graphic Design Technology, Mechatronics, Web Design, Industrial Automation, IT Network Cabling, Mechanical CAD, Electronics, ITS Solution for Business, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, IT Network System Administration, and Electrical Installations following weeks of rigid training.
Mechatronics is a blend of electronics engineering, computer engineering, and electrical engineering. In the Mechatronics Area (Trade 04) competition, Gabo explained that the team is composed of a programmer and an assembler of the machine. The station is like a miniature plant or factory. The plant or factory is assembled and is run according to the conditions of the problem. Once assembled, the programmer programs the operations of the plant or factory.
Coniendo and Cagampang received each a gold medal, a Samsung mobile phone, and a cash prize. They will also represent the country in the ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) Mechatronics Area at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October this year. Gabo said that in the ASC, he and his team want to represent MSU-IIT and more importantly, to prove to other ASEAN countries that Filipino skills are world-class.