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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.
Today’s Manufacturing

Today’s Manufacturing

Today’s manufacturing is cleaner, safer, and more inspiring than ever -- and vital to building strong economies. SME works to promote an accurate image of advanced manufacturing and its important role in creating opportunity and prosperity in our country and around the world.
Technology Hubs

Technology Hubs

Wherever you work in manufacturing, there are new machines, processes, sources of data, and applications that are changing how you work and grow your business. SME is your central resource for learning more about the technologies that alter the way we design, build, and maintain quality.
Attracting The Next Generation

Attracting The Next Generation

Manufacturing’s future success depends on preparing young people; attracting a new generation of innovators and thinkers to our industry. SME works within all levels of education to find, recruit, inspire, and empower manufacturing’s next generation.
Workforce Development & Training

Workforce Development & Training

Manufacturing technology today moves faster than our people. The industry’s growth and prosperity rely on our ability to upskill workers and infuse new skills and competencies into our companies and our industry. SME provides the industry’s best and most effective education, training and development resources for your workforce.
Inspiring Thinking

Inspiring Thinking

What’s next for manufacturing? Where is our industry headed? What new projects or technologies hold the most promise, and how should they be applied within various industries? SME offers the industry’s best and smartest thinking about the state of manufacturing.
Connecting Our Industry

Connecting Our Industry

Finding people to learn from, people to do business with, peers who share your experiences and can answer your questions, or even people who can help you find your next job: a strong network is essential to success. Like no other organization, SME connects manufacturing through our member communities and events.

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.

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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 85 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.