Learning outcomes

elme2m  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Integrating the fields of mechanics and electricity is one of the major challenges of the civil engineering student in electro-mechanics.

The Master’s degree in Electro-mechanical engineering from UCL favours multidisciplinary training and the ability to solve interface problems raised by the integration of several fields. It integrates the fields of electricity and mechanics into a coherent whole and prioritises basic knowledge with the aim of deepening or reorienting students’ knowledge mid-career.

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become:

  • Specialists in mechatronics (electronics, mechanical production, automation and robotics) or specialists in energy (smart grids/energy networks, thermodynamics and energy).
  • Individuals with field experience capable of putting into practice their knowledge of research and technology.
  • Managers who can manage team projects

The Master’s degree programme in electro-mechanical engineering prepares its students to be aware of technical progress and adapt to the needs of the job market and changes in business.

Polytechnic and multidisciplinary, the training provided by the Louvain School of Engineering privileges the acquisition of knowledge that combines theory and practice and that is open to analysis, design, manufacturing, production, research and development and innovation all the while paying attention to ethics and sustainable development.

On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :

1.Demonstrate mastery of a solid body of knowledge in basic science and engineering science allowing the student to learn and solve problems pertaining to electro-mechanics. (Axis 1)

1. Identify and use concepts, laws and appropriate reasoning from a variety of fields in mechanics and electricity to solve a given problem:
  • Electricity (in the broad sense)
  • Electrical energy (transport, quality, management)
  • Electro-technics (conversion, controls, activation)
  • Electronics (digital electronics, instrumentation, sensors)
  • Automation
  • Computer sciences (real time)
  • Mechanics (modeling, design)
  • Thermodynamics and thermics
  • Fluid dynamics and transfers
  • Robotics and automation.
  • Energetic systems (production, distribution, heat and energetic efficiency)

2. Identify and use modelling and calculation tools to solve problems associated with the aforementioned fields.

3. Verify problem solving results especially with regard to orders of magnitude and/or units (in which the results are expressed).

2.Organize and carry out an applied engineering process to develop a product and/or service responding to a particular need or problem in the field of electro-mechanics. (Axis 2)

1. Analyse a problem, take stock of features and constraints, and formulate specifications in a field where the technical and economic limits are taken into account.
2. Model a problem and design one or more technical solutions (drawing on the fields of mechanics, electrics, electronics, electro-technics or information technology) and respond to problem specifications.
3. Evaluate and classify solutions with regards to all the specification criteria: efficiency, feasibility, ergonomic quality and environmental security (for example: too expensive, too complex, too dangerous, too difficult to manipulate).
4. Test a solution using a mock up, a prototype or a numerical model.
5. Formulate recommendations to improve a technical solution.


3.Organise and carryout a research project to learn about a physical phenomenon or a new problem relating to the field of electro-mechanics. (Axis 3)

1. Document and summarise the existing body of knowledge in the field of mechanics and electricity.
2. Suggest an experimental model or device (for example in the area of thermal regulation) by first constructing a mathematical model, then by using laboratories to create a device simulates system behaviour and tests relevant hypotheses.
3. Synthesize conclusions in a report that shows the key parameters and their influence on the behaviour of the phenomenon under study (choice of forms and materials, physio-chemical environment, conditions for use).


4.Contribute, through teamwork, to a multidisciplinary project and carry out the project while taking into account its objectives, resources, and constraints. (Axis 4)

1. Frame and explain the project’s objectives taking into account the issues, constraints and domain interfaces that characterise the project’s environment.
2. Collaborate with peers on a multidisciplinary topic (mechanics and electricity) to create a work schedule (and resolve any resulting conflicts).
3. Make team decisions to successfully complete the project whether they be about technical solutions of the division of labour.

5.Communicate effectively (speaking or writing in French or a foreign language) with the goal of carrying out assigned projects. (Axis 5)

1. Identify the clients’ needs: question, listen and ensure the understanding of all the dimensions of the request and not just the technical aspects.
2. Present your arguments and convince your interlocutors (technicians, colleagues, clients, superiors) by adopting their language.
3. Communicate through graphics and diagrams: interpret a diagram, present work results, structure information.
4. Read and analyse different technical documents related to the profession (standards, drawings, specifications).
5. Draft written documents that take into account contextual requirements and social conventions.
6. Use modern communication techniques to give convincing oral presentations.

6.Display rigour, openness, and critical thinking; validate the socio-technical relevance of a hypothesis or a solution, all the while drawing upon available technological and scientific innovations. (Axis 6)

1. Apply standards and assure the robustness of a solution in the fields of mechanics and electricity.
2. Put solutions into perspective by including non-technical concerns (for example, in the area of energy and climate, take environmental and social factors into consideration).
3. Demonstrate critical thinking vis-à-vis technical solutions or methodological approach regarding the involved actors.
4. Evaluate one’s own work.