Iloilo Science and Technology University and Lincoln Electric Company entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will establish an International Welding Technology Center/Program. Dr. Muyong and Mr. Nahanni Nagle, Managing Director of Lincoln Electric Company (Asia-Pacific), signed the MOU on June 20, 2019 at MIRDC Compound, DOST, Taguig City.

The University develops the skills of the students in the field of welding.

The center is perceived to have world class welding technology training programs and will efficiently use site resources, accelerate student learning, and result in student highly employable in global and local industries, promote and develop research, technical cooperation and community services.

During the Skills Olympics of the University Foundation Week Celebration, Dr. Raul F. Muyong gave emphasis to welding. “Here in the Philippines, welding is just a course, but in other countries it is a profession,” he said. He also challenged the College of Industrial Technology  dean and the department heads to propose for a state-of-the-art welding laboratory which is relevant to the MOU. In the agreement, the University is tasked to provide site, welding curriculum and laboratory subject to recommended modifications by Lincoln Electric.

Lincoln Electric, on the other hand, will provide consultation services to develop an outcomes-based curriculum to meet local industry needs. The company will develop skill profile templates for selected welding technology occupations related to the content and quality of ISAT U industry partners.

It is also set to introduce approaches that will minimize cost of the laboratory and make the most efficient use of ISAT U funds. Among which are the specification of curriculum and hands-on equipment laboratories for the welding technology facility and compliance to the engineering education accords and an individualized learning delivery.

The development of faculty is also stipulated in the MOU. Lincoln will develop a master teacher program to ensure that ISAT U has a staff prepared to produce outcomes-based welding technology training programs and effective assessments for students to assure program quality.

The MOU also offers opportunity to students to access to industry-relevant international certifications by introducing ISAT U welding technology program teams to Lincoln’s certification-based partners.

Lincoln Electric is a reputable firm founded in 1895 with its head office in Ohio, USA and is registered with laws in Singapore for its Asia Pacific operations.