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What is SME?

SME helps manufacturers innovate, grow, and prosper by promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce, and connecting the manufacturing industry.
SME is an association of professionals, educators, and students committed to promoting and supporting the manufacturing industry.
We offer an unmatched breadth of support and resources for manufacturers. SME offers the top manufacturing technology resources and news, and produces the industry’s most valuable events. We deliver leading training and development solutions for your workforce. Our student outreach and scholarship programs help attract and empower manufacturing’s next generation. And our member community is the most prestigious and experienced in the business.

What can SME do for you?

Tooling U-SME

Close your organization's skills gap

Manufacturing relies on a skilled workforce – and a strong workforce relies on ongoing training and development. Working with leading manufacturers and educators, Tooling U-SME is the industry’s training and development leader.
Local Chapters

Join our manufacturing community

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 to connect, learn and grow.
SME Education Foundation

Blazing career paths

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 level, offering paths in fields associated with manufacturing.

Meet and learn from industry leaders

Success in manufacturing requires strong connections and relationships. SME produces the manufacturing industry’s leading events that connect you with the people that matter most, helping you learn, grow, and succeed.
SME Media

Keep up with industry trends and technology

SME Media is the leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing, keeping you informed about relevant news, technology and advances within the industry.
Technical Certification

Advance your career

SME's professional certifications can help you make the most of all the opportunities advanced manufacturing provides. Earning a certification validates your knowledge against industry standards, can boost your career opportunities, and set you apart from your peers.

The Manufacturing Skills Gap and Workforce Opportunities

Our “Mission Critical” report examines our industry’s skills gap challenge and why it’s so important to everyone – not just those of us in manufacturing – to attract a new generation of manufacturing workers.


Leadership Teams

From industry to academia, SME is supported by a variety of professionals from diverse backgrounds and experience. Learn about the multitude of people that make the organization whole.

A Rich History of Supporting Manufacturing

SME has supported manufacturing for over 87 years, from our founding as the American Society of Tool Engineers to our evolution to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1969 to becoming SME in 2013.