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SME Stands For Manufacturing

Manufacturing builds strong economies and rewarding careers. SME helps manufacturers and the people of our industry grow, learn, and prosper.

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Tooling U-SME Continues Supporting America’s Workforce

Tooling U-SME has been awarded DoD workforce and education grant to develop training programs that support development of relevant, manufacturing-focused training to produce military systems and components.
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What can SME do for you?

Training at Tooling U-SME

Close the skills gap

Manufacturing relies on a skilled workforce – and a strong workforce relies on ongoing training and development. Working with leading manufacturers and educators to create relevant and free online classes, Tooling U-SME is the industry’s leading training and development leader.
SME Membership

Make network connections

Looking for opportunities to connect, learn and grow from fellow manufacturers? SME membership gives you access to exclusive industry resources and benefits, as well as a community of professionals, educators and students who are passionate about manufacturing.
SME Education Foundation

Attract new talent

Continued growth requires attracting the next generation to our industry. The SME Education Foundation works to build awareness, enhance academic opportunity, and inspire, prepare and support students at every educational level.
SME Events

Meet and learn from industry leaders

Success in manufacturing requires strong connections and relationships. As producer of industry leading events, SME provides opportunities to learn, grow and succeed all while forming connections with the people who matter most to business objectives.
SME Media

Keep up with industry trends and technology

Stay up-to-date with technology and industry advances by following SME Media, the leading source for news and in-depth technical knowledge about advanced manufacturing.
SME Certification Programs

Advance your career

Earning a certification validates your knowledge against industry standards, sets you apart from your peers and can even boost career opportunities. Explore SME's professional certifications to see how a new certification can advance your career.

Why Attend AeroDef 2020?

Since AeroDef launched in 2011, more than 8,000 aerospace and defense manufacturing professionals have attended the event. Learn how you can improve your skills and positively impact the manufacturing world.
“AeroDef was a must attend conference for anyone interested in aeronautical manufacturing. The education sessions, speakers, workshops, tours and trade show were all top notch. As a first-time attendee and exhibitor, we were wonderfully surprised at the turnout and the traffic at our booth. We look forward to attending again next year.”
Kimberly J., Vice President of Sales at Flagship Facility Services