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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.
SME Events

SME Events

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.
Tooling U-SME

Tooling U-SME

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.
SME Education Foundation

The SME Education Foundation

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.
SME Media

SME Media

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.
Local Chapters


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.

Contact Us

Do you have a question for us? Need more information on an event, membership or our education foundation? Need to contact one of our three locations? Let us help you find what you’re looking for.

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 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.