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SME Postsecondary Membership

SME Membership...
More ways to LEARN.
More ways to CONNECT.
More ways to ADVANCE.


If you are a student interested in a career in manufacturing, becoming an SME Member should be first on your "to-do" list. We are a one-stop shop for busy students, offering everything from hard-to-find technical information on state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and applications to providing you unparalleled networking opportunities to help you land that first job on your career path.

SME Membership links you with the latest in what’s happening in manufacturing, industry trends and developments.

  • Eight Technical Communities and more than 14 Tech Groups — Connect virtually anytime, anywhere with technical experts to share and gain knowledge. Find a Mentor in your industry.
  • Local Chapter Membership — Build your local connections and network with members on or near your campus. Meet potential mentors, partners and employers.
  • SME Connect — Blog, chat, ask and answer questions. All at your fingertips.
  • Online Social Networking — Follow SME on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram to make new connections and keep up to date on SME's activities.

Set yourself apart from others; seek new opportunities to grow.

  • Knowledge & Resource Center — Provides technical information and knowledge on a vast array of manufacturing processes and other engineering-related subjects. We use national subscription-based and government databases, as well as information from 20,000 global news sources, to assist our members with their most pressing research needs and queries.
  • Access to more than 16,000 Technical Papers — Want to impress your professor? Download the most recent research information in seconds and get some great information for your next paper or presentation.
  • Technical Webinars — Hear from industry experts on a variety of technical topics.
  • SME Daily Executive Briefing — Receive manufacturing e-news compiled and customized for members on manufacturing, education, workforce development and more.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Media — Read the latest information from the authoritative voices in manufacturing.

Grow with education programs designed to help you define your career.

  • Scholarships — Money doesn't grow on trees. Annually, over 250 students received SME Education Foundation scholarships. You could be next.
  • Special Student Contests, Events, Programs — Participate and gain exposure to real-life situations.
  • SME Certification — Stand out from the crowd by validating your manufacturing knowledge by earning your Certification Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) certification.
  • Over 1,000 internship positions are available to help jumpstart your manufacturing career and set you apart from your peers.
  • Career Coaches — Get one-on-one coaching on what your next steps should be, plus "Ask the Expert" interviewing advice and more.
  • Substantial Discounts — Receive discounts on all our education, certification and certificate programs, including books and videos.
  • Give Back — Volunteer for a leadership position in a Local Student Chapter, which looks great on a resume, and promote manufacturing to the next graduating group.