2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering

Electromechanical Engineering (BELM)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Dr. Nakisa Alborz, LEED AP BD+C, Chair
Rubenstein Hall, Room 202A
617-989-4705

The Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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 humanities and social sciences, the BELM 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 exposure to engineering problem solving, and a faculty committee management structure that responds quickly to industrial change and academic needs. Wentworth stresses the importance of hands-on experience and extensive lab work. BELM students spend a significant amount 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, materials science, feedback controls, and machine design.

Electromechanical Engineering Program Mission Statement

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.

Electromechanical Engineering Program Objectives

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 and effectively 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.

Electromechanical Engineering Program Outcomes

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.

Career Opportunities

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 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.

Degree Details

 Total credits for degree: 175 174

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.

Biomedical Systems Engineering Option

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.

Special Requirements for Graduation

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.

Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) Curriculum

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ENGR1100, Intro to Engineering
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM OR
  • ENGR1800, Introduction to  MATLAB
  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ENGR1500, Intro to Engineering Design
  • ENGR1800, Introduction to MATLAB OR
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM
  • MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
  • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

  • ELEC2250, Network Theory I
  • ELEC3150, Object Oriented Programming for Engineers
  • MATH2500, Differential Equations
  • ELECTIVE, General
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

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
  • ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design
  • MECH2500, Mechanics of Materials
  • MECH2250, Engineering Thermodynamics
  • MATH2860, Linear Algebra & Matrix Theory

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

  • ELEC2850, Microcontrollers Using C Programming
  • ELMC3000, Electromechanical Design/EPIC
  • MECH3100, Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • MECH3600, Materials Science
  • 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
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ELECTIVE, Technical/ EPIC

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • ELEC4475, Feedback and Control
  • MECH3850, Engineering Dynamics
  • MECH6000, Advanced  Thermodynamics
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

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, Technical or EPIC
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Fifth Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

  • ELMC5505, Electromechanical Systems II
  • ELMC5500, Senior Design II
  • MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

ENGL/HSS Note:  

Day program students are required to complete at least:  

  • One course in Humanities  
  • One course in the Social Sciences  
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category 

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.   For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Of the five listed humanities and social science electives, BELM students must include the following HSS Directed Electives:

  • An Ethics elective
  • A Contemporary or Global Issue elective