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Franciscan U. will offer mechanical engineering

STEUBENVILLE — Franciscan University of Steubenville will offer a four-year bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree, starting next fall.

The program will equip students with the technological and analytical skills needed for engineering careers in manufacturing, medicine, aerospace, robotics, armed forces engineering and other fields.

“For as long as buildings need to be cooled and heated, and cars, aircraft, or any mechanical device needs to be built, there will be a need for mechanical engineers,” said Derek Doroski, the university’s engineering program director.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most mechanical engineers with a bachelor’s degree earn an average salary more than $90,000.

Doroski said Franciscan’s program includes opportunities for students to take concentrations in business and management, plus an MBA option that can be completed with one or two additional years of study.

“Business and engineering are closely linked,” said Doroski. “Engineers must develop products that meet market demands. As their careers progress, engineers become managers of people and departments.”

Unique to Franciscan’s program, engineering majors will take a sequence of courses in Catholicism, science, and technology that examine the ethical implications of technology and emphasize virtue and character formation drawn from the teachings of the Catholic church.

Franciscan currently offers a four-year software engineering major and a cybersecurity minor, plus a dual engineering program whereby students study for two or three years at Franciscan and then transfer to a partner university that leads to degrees in a wide range of engineering fields.

For more information on the mechanical engineering program, visit Franciscan.edu/mechanical-engineering or contact the admissions office at (800) 783-6220 or at admissions@franciscan.edu.

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