The Mapua University (formerly known as Mapúa Institute of Technology) was founded on January 25, 1925 by Don Tomas Mapua, an architecture graduate of Cornell University, USA and the first registered Filipino architect. He envisioned an educational institution that shall emphasize the importance of science and technology and create an impact on the economy and the quality of life of the Filipino. Initially a night school, the University started with eighty (80) students in two (2) different programs. Classes were held in a commercial building in Carriedo St. in Quiapo, Manila. Three (3) years later, the University offered high school to give students a better foundation for a higher technical education. By 1934, three (3) degree programs had been added to the list of degree program offerings.
The School of Mechanical Engineering of the Mapua Institute of Technology was established in 1940. The first batch of mechanical engineering students graduated in June 1948 under the semestral system comprised of ten semesters spread over five years.
In 1999 the ownership of the Institute was passed on to the Yuchengco Group of Companies and in 2002 the quarter system was adopted. Consequently, the mechanical engineering curriculum was revised to consist of seventeen quarters and to be completed in four academic years and one quarter.
First in internationalizing Philippine education and serving as benchmark for neighboring countries, Mapua is the first school in the entire Southeast Asia to be granted with the ABET accreditation for 10 of its programs including ME. The program was granted accreditation by U.S. ABET in 2011. The Manufacturing Engineering Program was offered in 2011, thus the name of the School was changed to School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME)