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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Technology

Michael E. Jackson, Chair
Rubenstein Hall, Room 208

Department Vision and Mission Statement

The vision of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Technology is to be recognized by industries hiring the department’s graduates for providing an application-driven core curriculum based on the traditions of a Wentworth practice based education. Through hands-on laboratory based projects and a cooperative work experience, graduates will be recognized by employers as productive contributors in their respective fields immediately after graduation.

The mission of Wentworth’s engineering and technology programs builds upon Wentworth’s educational mission and curricular model used to assess the effectiveness of the educational programs. Central to Wentworth’s cooperative education is the use of design and project courses throughout the curriculum to assist students in the integration and application of new knowledge into their developing professional practice skills. Wentworth’s engineering and technology programs are intended to educate future engineers and technologists at the undergraduate level. Through a practice-oriented education, they will be able to utilize technological advancements, contribute to innovative design solutions in a collaborative environment, and make appropriate decisions for their respective areas of professional responsibility.

Degree Programs

Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 

The Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program is a four-year engineering program with an integrated project- and laboratory-based experience that provides a unique approach to applied learning. Grounded in a solid foundation of mathematics, science, and the humanities and social sciences, this program incorporates all the essential elements of a mechanical engineering curriculum. The program additionally integrates practical engineering design into courses throughout its study, extensive use of computers to solve engineering problems (including developing detailed documentation for manufacturing), and a faculty committed to maintaining a curriculum that parallels industrial changes. 

BSME students spend a great deal of time working in our state-of-the-art laboratories, using computers and test equipment to verify and develop principles of engineering in diverse areas such as statics, thermodynamics, material science, data acquisition, structural analysis, and machine design.

Mechanical Engineering students complete two semesters of cooperative industrial work experience in fields related to mechanical engineering, giving Wentworth students an advantage over their peers at graduation. Graduates may continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue an industrial career. Wentworth BSME graduates are practical engineers, with expertise in mechanical engineering, and who are in high demand and well prepared to meet the professional challenges of a constantly changing and increasingly global workforce.

Mechanical Engineering Program Objectives

The long-term objectives of the program are to ensure graduates succeed in their chosen field by:

  • Contributing significantly in the design and development of complex systems within the field of engineering.
  • Working effectively as members of multidisciplinary teams that analyze data critically, synthesize information and implement ethical solutions for the betterment of society.
  • Preparing and present technical information professionally to various audiences.
  • Furthering their education either through directed or independent studies to advance them personally and professionally.
Mechanical Engineering Program Outcomes

As an extension of the Institute’s philosophy, the Mechanical Engineering program’s mission is to admit qualified high school graduates and prepare them for productive professional careers in mechanical engineering. To fulfill this goal, the program offers students a rigorous, mathematically-based engineering education with a balanced laboratory experience that provides the technical knowledge and problem-solving skills needed for them to grow as intellectually inquisitive individuals, and as critically involved members of our society with a lifelong commitment to continued learning.

Graduates are expected leave Wentworth with:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An 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.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The Mechanical Engineering program at Wentworth is committed to a collaborative teaching model supported by its Industrial Program Advisory Committee, which provides students access to many innovative educational opportunities.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 136

Mechanical Engineering is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section "Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate" in this catalog for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement. 

NOTE: at least one humanities/social science elective must be in economics (courses prefixed ECON) and one must relate to ethics (such as PHIL450, Ethics, or similar course).

Special Requirement for Graduation

In addition to the general graduation requirements of the Institute, specific graduation requirements from the Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program with a Bachelor of Science degree include maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all technical courses. The courses used to determine the cumulative grade point average for all BSME technical courses are shown 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.

Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ENGR1600 Fundamentals of CAD & CAM OR
  • ENGR1800 Intro to MATLAB

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

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

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • MECH2000, Engineering Statics
  • MECH2300, Engineering Graphics
  • MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
  • ELEC2799, Circuit Theory and Applications
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 20)

  • MECH2500, Mechanics of Materials
  • MECH2250, Engineering Thermodynamics I
  • CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry
  • MATH2500, Differential Equations
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

  • MECH3000, Design of Machine Elements
  • MECH3100, Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • MECH2750, Engineering Thermodynamics II
  • ELECTIVE, Technical Elective
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • MATH2100, Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • MECH3600, Materials Science
  • MECH3850, Engineering Dynamics
  • MECH3900, Engineering Heat Transfer

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

  • MECH4000, Mechanical Vibrations
  • ELECTIVE, Technical Elective
  • MECH4200, Simulation Based Design
  • MECH5000, Mechanical Capstone Analysis
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 14)

  • MECH5500, Mechanical Capstone Project
  • ELECTIVE, Technical
  • ELECTIVE, General
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

ENGL/HSS Note:  

Day program students are required to complete:  

  • At least one course in Humanities  
  • At least 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.   

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

  • An Economics elective
  • An Ethics elective

Minor in Aerospace Engineering

The Aerospace Engineering minor develops the engineering-analysis and design skills necessary for creating and understanding aerospace vehicles and their subsystems. The minor includes diverse topics relevant to applications in aerodynamics. Students in this minor will take at least three core aerospace courses.

Required courses:

  1. MECH2300 Engineering Graphics (3 credits)
  2. MECH2750 Thermodynamics II or MECH4400 Thermal Design (prerequisite (4 credits)
  3. MECH3200 Numerical Simulation and CFD (3 credits)
  4. MECH3350 Gas Dynamics (prerequisites (4 credits) 
  5. MECH3650 Aerodynamics (prerequisites (4 credits)

Minor in Manufacturing

Students pursuing a minor in Manufacturing will be required to take the Fundamentals of Manufacturing exam administered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).  If the exam is successfully passed the student will become a Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT). 

Required courses:

  1. MECH2300 Engineering Graphics (3 credits)
  2. MANF 1000 Manufacturing Processes (4 credits)
  3. MANF2000 Computer Aided Manufacturing (3 credits)
  4. MANF3000 Manufacturing Engineering (3 credits)
  5. One course in economics (ECONXXXX, 4 credits)
  6. PSCH4552 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (4 credits)