Mechanical Engineering Program

Mission of the Program

The Mechanical Engineering program is a four-year project-based curriculum that balances theory, simulation and laboratory exercises needed to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, and processes. Key elements of this program include a curriculum with open-ended team-based design problems that may include students from other disciplines. These real-world experiences and practical problem-solving techniques are organized to stress a design/simulate/test development cycle. The program applies Wentworth’s educational model of a laboratory-based curriculum along with two cooperative work experiences to foster a state-of-the-art learning environment. Students gain the educational background necessary to pursue a professional career, including professional license registration and advanced degrees.

The Mechanical Engineering program integrates applied engineering design and extensive use of computers with a faculty committed to a curriculum that parallels industrial challenges and changes. The cornerstone of a Wentworth education is hands-on experience, which means BSME students spend a great deal of time working in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Students use computers and test equipment extensively to verify and develop principles of engineering in diverse areas such as statistics, thermodynamics, material science, data acquisition, structural analysis, and machine design. The curriculum provides students with a balanced foundation of mathematics, science, engineering principles, and incorporates the humanities and social sciences.

Graduates are prepared for traditional industries of mechanism design and power generation as well as emerging opportunities including the development of biomedical and electromechanical devices.

Mechanical Engineering Program Objectives

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

  • Providing the foundation of technical skills necessary for career advancement in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Ensure graduates understand the value of life-long learning by continuing to learn and educate themselves.

Mechanical Engineering Program Outcomes

As an extension of the Institute’s philosophy, the program’s mission is to admit qualified high school graduates and prepare them for a productive professional career 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 critically involved members of our society with a lifelong commitment to continued learning.

We expect our graduates upon graduation to have:

  • 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 life-long 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 providing the students access to many innovative educational opportunities.


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • MECH110 Introduction To Engineering 
  • ENGL100 English I 
  • MATH285 Engineering Calculus I 
  • MECH130 Engineering Graphics 
  • Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester

  • ENGL130 English II 
  • MATH295 Engineering Calculus II 
  • CHEM380 Engineering Chemistry 
  • MECH165 Mechanical Engineering Design 
  • PHYS310 Engineering Physics I
  • Total Credits: 19

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science (HUSS) Elective
  • MATH515 Multivariable Calculus 
  • MECH505 Engineering Thermodynamics I 
  • PHY320 Engineering Physics II 
  • MECH252 Engineering statics
  • Total Credits: 19

Spring Semester

  • ELECTIVE HUSS Elective
  • MECH302 Mechanics of Materials 
  • MATH625 Differential Equations
  • MECH317 Mechanical Analysis and Design
  • MECH527 Engineering Thermodynamics II
  • Total Credits: 19

Summer Semester

  • COOP393 Cooperative Work Term (Optional)
    Total Credits: 0 

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • MATH505 Probability and Statistics For Engineers
  • MECH420 Design of Machine Elements
  • MECH565 Engineering Fluid 
  • ELEC320 Circuit Theory and Applications 
  • ELECTIVE HUSS Elective
  • Total Credits: 19

Spring Semester

  • COOP465 Cooperative Work Semester I
  • Total Credits: 0

Summer Semester

  • MECH496 Material Science 
  • MECH596 Engineering Heat Transfer 
  • ELECTIVE Mechanical Elective
  • MECH350 Instrumentation and Design Experiment
  • MECH573 Engineering Dynamics 
  • Total Credits: 18

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • COOP670 Cooperative Work Semester II
  • Total Credit: 0

Spring Semester

  • MECH610 Vibrations 
  • ELECTIVE HUSS Elective
  • MECH625 Simulation Based Design 
  • MANF605 Manufacturing Engineering
  • Total Credits: 13

Summer Semester

  • GEN Elective General Elective 
  • ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science 
  • ELECTIVE Mechanical Elective 
  • MECH650 Mechanical Capstone Project
  • Total Credits: 14

BSME students must take an Economics and Ethics course in meeting the requirement of the 5 Humanities and Social Science electives.

ECON415  Principles of Economics or ECON385 Global Economics satisfy the Economics requirement. 

PHIL450 satisfies the Ethics requirement. 

Mechanical Electives

  • MECH405 Gas Dynamics
  • MECH490 Aerodynamics
  • ELME805 Advanced Mathematical Modeling for Engineers 
  • MECH440 Mechanisms and Machines

Mechanical Electives or Other Elective Approved by Advisor and Department Chair

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