Catalogue 2018 - 2019

Mechatronics Concentration

Mechatronics is a modern discipline that transcends the boundaries between Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering. It is defined as the science of intelligent systems in which engineers integrate mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to design, develop, fabricate and test smart systems that learn over time and become more intelligent. The evolution of this area is particularly a consequence of the tremendous growth in the area of Computers, intelligent sensors and Electronic controllers

Recent rapid growth of mechatronics as an area of engineering has given rise to a significant demand for mechatronics engineers. In the Mechanical Engineering Department at Western New England, our Mechatronics Concentration is helping meet this need by producing engineering graduates who are capable, well-rounded mechatronics designers and system integrators.

In the junior year, a student may choose to remain in the general mechanical engineering course of study or specialize with a concentration in Mechatronics and Systems Integration.  The Mechatronics Concentration is designed to satisfy the need for mechanical engineers with a thorough knowledge of (1) transducers, smart sensors, and signal conditioners, (2) Modeling, Analysis and Control Techniques, (3) Pneumatic, Electric, hydraulic  and smart actuators incorporating integrated controls , (4) Database management using SQL language (5) Design of Human Machine Interface (HMI), (6) PLC and Embedded Controllers.

Degree Requirements

Junior Year - Fall Semester

MATH 350Engineering Analysis I

3 cr.

ME 303Thermodynamics I

3 cr.

ME 309Materials Science

3 cr.

ME 311Mechatronics

3 cr.

ME 313Mechanical Laboratory I

2 cr.

CUL XXXCultural Studies Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Junior Year - Spring Semester

EE 338Electric Drives

3 cr.

ME 314Mechanical Laboratory II

2 cr.

ME 316Fluid Mechanics

3 cr.

ME 320Mechanical Vibrations

3 cr.

ME 324Design of Mechatronic Systems

3 cr.

HIST XXXHistorical Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Senior Year - Fall Semester

ME 417Heat Transfer

3 cr.

ME 423/BME 432/BUS 423Product Development and Innovation

3 cr.

ME 425Design of Machine Elements

3 cr.

ME 427Kinematics and Control of Electro-Mechanical Systems

3 cr.

ME 439Professional Awareness

1 cr.

ME 455Applications of Mechatronic Systems

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:16

Senior Year - Spring Semester

IE 312Engineering Economic Analysis

3 cr.

ME 440Senior Design Projects

3 cr.

xxxEngineering Design Elective

3 cr.

ME 449Computer-Aided Engineering

3 cr.

ILP XXXIntegrated Liberal Professional Perspective

3 cr.

LBC XXXLearning Beyond the Classroom

No cr.

Total Credit Hours:15
  1. General Education courses must be selected in such a way to insure that all “perspectives of understanding” (p. 34) requirements have been satisfied.
  2. An engineering design elective, usually numbered 3xx or above, selected from a list published by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and approved by the faculty advisor.
  3. Select a Senior Design Project topic that contains a mechatronic related component approved by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Total credit hours required for graduation – 133.

The 2.0 required minimum grade point average in the major is based on all ME and Mechatronics courses pursued in the student’s degree program.