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2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Interdepartmental Degree Program

Electromechanical Engineering (BELM)

Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) program is a five-year engineering program with a dynamic interdisciplinary character and unique approach to learning. Grounded in a solid foundation of mathematics, science, and the humanities and social sciences, this program incorporates all the essential elements of an electrical and mechanical engineering curriculum. This program features engineering design courses throughout its five-year study, extensive use of computers to solve engineering problems, and a faculty committee management structure that responds quickly to industrial changes and the academic needs of students. Wentworth stresses the importance of hands-on experience, which means BELM students spend a great deal of time working in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Computers and microprocessors are a large part of the program; students use computers and test equipment extensively to verify and develop principles of engineering in diverse areas such as mechanics of materials, embedded microcontroller systems, analog and digital circuit design, thermodynamics, vibrations, materials science, feedback controls, and machine design.


The mission of this interdisciplinary electrical and mechanical program is to prepare students to become practicing engineers who will become innovative problem solvers in industry, government, and academia.


To achieve this goal, our graduates will:

  • Contribute significantly in the design and development of complex electromechanical systems
  • Work effectively as members of multidisciplinary teams that analyze data critically, synthesize information and implement ethical solutions for the betterment of society
  • Prepare and present technical information professionally to various audiences
  • Further their education either through directed or independent studies to advance them personally and professionally.

The Electromechanical Engineering program at Wentworth is committed to both a collaborative teaching model and a committee management structure thereby providing the students access to many innovative interdisciplinary educational opportunities.


Students should demonstrate these abilities upon graduation:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) is a cooperative education program which provides students with one of the most important aspects of a Wentworth education. BELM students will complete at least two non-consecutive semesters of paid full-time cooperative work experience in industry in fields related to electromechanical engineering. This experience gives Wentworth students an advantage over their peers at graduation. Graduates may continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue an industrial career. Wentworth BELM graduates are multidisciplinary engineers, with expertise in electrical and mechanical engineering, and as such, are in high demand and well prepared to meet the professional challenges of a constantly changing and increasingly global work force. Students who choose the Biomedical Systems Engineering concentration further expand their career opportunities.

Total credits for degree: 175

This is a five-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the spring semester of the student’s fifth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements –Undergraduate in this catalog for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement. The humanities/social science electives in the sophomore year are directed, one for engineering ethics, the other for contemporary and global issues.


Students enrolled in the Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) program may choose the option of developing a concentration in Biomedical Systems Engineering. The Biomedical Systems Engineering option requirement consists of 6 courses and 2 Cooperative Work Semesters as follows:

The three BMED electives listed below will be taken as the two General Electives and Engineering Elective required in the BELM program:

BMED2099 Physiology for Engineers I, BMED3099 Physiology for Engineers II , and BMED660 Biomedical Systems Engineering are taken as the two general electives and one engineering elective required for the BELM program. Students will then focus on the biomedical area while taking COOP3500 Cooperative Work Semester I, COOP4500 Cooperative Work Semester II, ELMC3000 Electromechanical Design, ELMC500 Senior Design I, and ELMC5500 Senior Design II.

Students will work with their faculty advisor to develop a design proposal and cooperative work semester assignment that satisfies the biomedical systems engineering requirement. Note: The biomedical systems engineering concentration courses will be offered only if there is sufficient student interest and enrollment.


In addition to the general graduation requirements of the Institute, specific graduation requirements from the Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) program with a Bachelor of Science degree include:

1) Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all technical courses. The courses used to determine the cumulative grade point average for all BELM technical courses are listed in the curriculum in italics. If another Wentworth course is substituted for one of these listed courses, the substitute course will be calculated into this cumulative grade point average for all technical courses.

2) The student must demonstrate proof of taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam, also known as the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Exam. Submission to the Registrar of a photocopy of the exam results is required. The FE exam may be taken in the spring semester of the fourth year, or the fall semester of the fifth year.

Electromechanical Engineering (BELM)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)


ENGLISH, English Sequence
MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
PHYS1250, Engineering Physics
ENGR1100, Intro to Engineering
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM OR
ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

ENGLISH, English Sequence

MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
ENGR1500, Intro to Engineering Design
ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB OR
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC2250, Network Theory I
MATH2500, Differential Equations
ELEC3150, Object Oriented Programming for Engineers
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

MECH2300, Engineering Graphics
ELEC2750, Network Theory II
MECH2000, Engineering Statics

MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 20)

ELEC2275, Digital Logic
MECH2500, Mechanics of Materials
MECH2250, Engineering Thermodynamics

MATH2860, Linear Algebra & Matrix Theory
ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC2850, Microcontrollers Using C Programming
ELMC3000, Electromechanical Design/EPIC
MECH3600, Materials Science
MECH3100, Engineering Fluids

MATH2100, Probability and Statistics for Engineers

Junior Year, Summer Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Semester I

Senior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC3920, Engineering Signals & Systems
ELEC4050, Motors and Controls
MECH3900, Engineering Heat Transfer

ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

ELEC4475, Feedback and Control
MECH3850, Engineering Dynamics
MECH6000, Advanced Mechanics of Materials
ELECTIVE, Humanities or Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Semester II

Fifth Year, Fall Semester (total credits 15)

ELMC5005, Electromechanical Systems I
ELMC5000, Senior Design I
ELECTIVE, Engineering or EPIC

ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Fifth Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

ELMC5505, Electromechanical Systems II
ELMC5500, Senior Design II

MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
ELECTIVE, Humanities or Social Science