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MCL acclaims its first Professional Mechanical Engineer

Marvin N. Yandoc is the first of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) alumni to obtain the title of Professional Mechanical Engineer.

Alongside Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) feat of ranking as the Top 1 Performing School in the August 2018 Mechanical Engineer Licensure Exam, the institution celebrated all the more as one of its alumni, Marvin N. Yandoc, became its first Professional Mechanical Engineer (PME) after he passed the recently concluded Technical Evaluation for the Upgrading as PME.

Before moving to Sydney, Australia to step up in his career, Marvin worked as a Mechanical Superintendent at Petrowind Energy Inc. He led the Mechanical Department; performed data analysis; planned for the Maintenance, Outages, and Plant Performance; and took on other roles significant in keeping the 36MW Nabas Wind Farm in Aklan performing at its optimum state.

According to him, one of the things about his profession that he loves is that the product of his labor has a significant and immediate result.

Having a father who is also a PME inspired Marvin to pursue the same career, and the quote “Fortune favors the bold” had been his mantra throughout the journey.

“It was a long preparation. I started my career in the Construction Industry to gain exposure on Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) design and installation, then, eventually, worked in the Energy Sector to advance my work experience,” he shared.

His senior PMEs who were supervising him taught him several engineering practices that helped him in meeting his application requirements.

“The first interview was more of getting to know my employment background, then I was given three (3) months to submit a technical report and defend it as part of the second interview. Writing a technical paper was the most difficult for me because intensive references and calculations have to be made.”

Despite a busy schedule, Marvin was still able to balance work and evaluation preparation, considering himself fortunate for working and living in Aklan where the road traffic is not as heavy as Metro Manila’s. In addition, he took advantage of his accumulated day-offs to make progress with his undertaking.

“Sometimes, we really have to give up some of our conveniences in life – like being away from home and residing in a far-flung area with no mall or even a local fast food restaurant nearby.”

Though he believes that the first step is usually the hardest, Marvin is grateful to MCL for teaching him to challenge himself to continuously improve. “But what’s important is that you keep moving forward towards becoming the better version of yourself.”

In layman’s terms, a Registered Mechanical Engineer can only vouch for Mechanical Engineering designs which are 2,000 kilowatt (kW) and below. Anything above 2,000 kW rating requires the evaluation and approval of a PME.

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