Saint Francis University is looking forward to welcoming students to Loretto, PA from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH to the Environmental Engineering program to fulfill their degrees. Through this partnership, Franciscan students will be able to earn degrees in one of the most in-demand fields of engineering at Saint Francis University. Under these arrangements, students will typically study at Franciscan University for two years where they receive an Associate of Science in Natural and Applied Science or a Mathematics degree, then transfer to Saint Francis University for two years of study that leads to a degree in engineering.
Environmental engineers use the principles of science and math to manage ecosystems, restore polluted lands, and protect soil, air, and water resources. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average annual salary in 2015 for environmental engineers in was $84,500. The job market for environmental engineers is projected to grow by 12 percent through 2024, making it the second most in-demand engineering field next to biomedical engineering.
“The job market is very strong for engineers,” said Dr. Derek Doroski, director of Franciscan University’s Engineering Program. “A significant number of our students are being offered jobs before they graduate.”
Increasingly, employers in high-security and complex engineering fields want to know “are you reliable, are you hard working, and are you honest?” he said. “Those are identifiable skills our students develop from their time at Franciscan,” he said, citing Franciscan’s overall faith formation and the liberal arts courses students take in Christian ethics, theology, philosophy, and other subjects, alongside coursework in math, physics, chemistry, and other science courses.
“The net result is employers know they will be hiring a good, reliable, ethical person,” said Doroski.
The Franciscan University/Saint Francis engineering partnership agreement goes into effect July 1, 2019. It was recently signed by Father Sean O. Sheridan, T.O.R., president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Father Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., president of Saint Francis University, and additional administrators from both universities.
Both Franciscan schools are founded under the leadership of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, based in Loretto, Pennsylvania.