Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Program Overview

Jumpstart your mechanical engineering career at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Your mechanical engineering degree will prepare you for a variety of career paths as a professional engineer in design, aerospace, manufacturing, and project management.

An engineering program at a faithfully Catholic university

Our students take courses such as Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Dynamic Systems and are trained in Franciscan’s mechanical engineering lab where you can design and build mechanical engineering prototypes while receiving hands-on instruction. You can then apply your knowledge in real-world situations through practical opportunities and internships.

With our Catholic core courses and passionately Catholic university culture, Franciscan University’s mechanical engineering students learn to promote positive change in the industry as well as increasing your scientific, design, and technological skills.

Fusing Engineering, Business, and Catholicism

Students at Franciscan University in Ohio master the key technological and scientific skills needed to succeed as professional engineers and in other areas of the workforce.

  • In the major degree program, you can further expand their knowledge through business or management concentrations.
  • A minor in mechanical engineering is also available to undergraduates in other programs.
  • As a mechanical engineering student at Franciscan, you may also expand your knowledge with graduate study in our Master of Business Administration. In the graduate program, you learn to apply the concepts of mechanical engineering to the corporate world.
  • The 4+1 program allows students in just one further year of study to complement their ME degree with an MBA that will give them project management tools and help them form productive client relationships.

Studying mechanical engineering at a faithfully Catholic college makes all the difference as students are equipped as strong Catholic leaders for this growing professional field.

Explore More of the Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Program

Here are just a few other ways Franciscan’s mechanical engineering degree program stands out from the rest: 

Financial aid and scholarships for engineering students:

  • Discover more about the many financial aid opportunities that exist for mechanical engineering students at Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as how to apply through the Office of Financial Aid.

Experiential learning opportunities:

  • The Mechanical Engineering lab is a state-of-the-art facility outfitted with 3D printers, laser cutters, and other laboratory machinery. Students will be able to implement and increase their design skills while receiving practical instruction.

Management focus within the engineering field:

  • Enhance your mechanical engineering degree with a concentration in business or management. Franciscan offers degree program students the opportunity to gain insight in the corporate world of engineering through the lens of faithful Catholicism.
  • Students also have the unique opportunity to combine their undergraduate work in mechanical engineering with graduate study in Masters of Business Administration in a 4+1 or 4+2 program of continued higher education.

Experienced and devout engineering faculty:

  • Be mentored by expert, Catholic professors who have a passion for instructing the next generation of engineers. Our faculty is eager to help you secure internships, grow spiritually, and achieve your professional or academic goals. 
What Can You Do With a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

Mechanical engineers are some of the most versatile professionals in the workforce today. Graduates from Franciscan University of Steubenville can be assured that many career paths are open to them. The majority of students pursuing a mechanical engineering degree will be employed with a high starting salary before graduation. Further, future employers have come to expect graduates of Franciscan’s mechanical engineering program to combine integrity, Catholic values, outstanding work ethic, and strong social skills with excellent academic proficiency.

What Are Some Graduate and Professional Career Paths for Mechanical Engineering Majors?

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Machine Design
  • Business and Executive Functioning
  • Consulting
  • Armed Forces Engineering

What Are Some Potential Job Titles for Mechanical Engineering Majors?

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Operations Technology Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Systems Manager
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Engineering Technician


According to Mechanical Engineers have an average starting salary of $62,885. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2018 median annual pay is $87,370 overall and the job outlook is good.[1]

Even before completing their degree, engineering interns are able to achieve a median pay of $20 per hour or the equivalent of $41,600 a year.[2]



Concentration in Management

Looking to make your mechanical engineering degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville even more marketable?   

Stand out from the crowd with a concentration in management.

A concentration in management provides valuable skills as you progress in your career as a professional engineer. Collaborative, team-based settings are the norm in aerospace, biomechanics, architecture, and many of the other engineering-related fields. Studying management techniques will develop your leadership abilities and can position you for promotion.

The ME concentration in management consists of 12 credit hours and includes courses in Industrial Management and Quantitative Management Decision Making. Additionally, dedicated students can add a business concentration to further enrich their studies.

The world needs Catholic leaders skilled in engineering.

Your management concentration from our faithfully Catholic university will help you enter the engineering workforce with the leadership skills and ethical standards necessary to stand out in the job market.

Concentration in Business

Adding Franciscan University’s 12-credit business concentration to your ME Bachelor of Science will take your undergraduate degree to the next level. The concentration in business aims to educate engineering students about the fundamentals of business, such as company structure, marketing, and sales.  

Do more with a business concentration from a Catholic university.

Students in the program also can complete the additional 12-credit-hour management concentration. Training in business will help future mechanical engineers design products that fit clients’ needs and use technology to offer value in the corporate world. This concentration will empower you to manage a team, participate in startup companies, and make valuable scientific contributions to a company.  

Become the Catholic business leader you were created to be.

At Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Catholic worldview means that science and business come together to provide valuable and ethical service to clients, companies, and communities.  

New Engineering Majors Emerging

Franciscan Magazine Autumn 2021, “New Engineering Majors Emerging” by Sarah Ambrosio



Engineering Objective, Student Outcomes, & Enrollment and Grad Data
The Engineering and Computing programs at Franciscan University of Steubenville aim to prepare students to bring value to people through the development of technology.
The department offers five different degree pathways:
  • Computer Information Science
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Various Dual-Degree “Pre-Engineering” options in collaboration with partner schools.
Each pathway offers students the opportunity to develop competence in a wide variety of engineering and computing disciplines and leverages the University’s commitment to Dynamic Orthodoxy with coursework and retreats that foster virtue formation and are built firmly on the Catholic intellectual tradition.


Mechanical Engineering

View the Software Engineering Program on the Undergraduate Catalog.

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What does it mean to be a Catholic Engineer?
Expand Your Skills

Complement your mechanical engineering degree with practical management techniques. Take on the issues of faith and science as a leader through electives in business administration. Learn to apply Catholic reasoning and morality to the issues facing the corporate and scientific world today.

Software Engineering

Discover the technological systems that make our world work. Take the systematic approaches you master in mechanical engineering and apply them to the creation and maintenance of software systems. A bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Franciscan prepares you to answer the ethical questions of data protection, user privacy, and machine learning.

Cybersecurity Minor

Enrich your mechanical engineering degree with a minor in cybersecurity. At Franciscan University, you have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of programming and technology while being formed spiritually in Catholic ethics and integrity.

Programs Related to the Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering

Still undecided? You might also be interested in these other undergraduate degree programs at Franciscan that are similar to the mechanical engineering degree.

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