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Membership Has Its Advantages

Whether you're a seasoned practitioner, an emerging professional or a student at any level, an SME Membership gives you the tools you need to succeed at all stages of your career and in all areas of manufacturing.

SME members are manufacturing professionals, researchers, educators and students who are looking to connect with peers, gain knowledge related to manufacturing technology and trends, solve problems and participate in leadership opportunities.

SME offers its members all of these benefits and more including the Knowledge & Resource Center, local chapter meetings, conferences and trade shows, as well as student-focused programs that showcase the career opportunities and technology within manufacturing

Types of Memberships

Professional Individual

One-Year Membership: $138

A person with a minimum of 4 years experience in manufacturing; OR an individual who has an SME Certification; OR a registered professional engineer; OR a graduate with a bachelor’s or associates degree in science or engineering. One-Year Membership: $138; Two-Year Membership: $248.50; Three-Year Membership: $352
Emerging Professional

One-Year Membership: $45

A professional who graduated from high school or a postsecondary institution within the past five years. One-Year Membership: $45; One-Time Five-Year in Advance Membership: $200
Postsecondary Student

Membership: $20

An undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at a postsecondary institution, such as a technical institution, college or university, who is studying manufacturing or a related field.
AME/SME Joint Membership

One-Year Membership: $259

SME has partnered with AME to offer a dues discount when you join both organization at the same time. One-Year Membership in Both AME and SME: $259; Two-Year Membership (Both): $472; Three-Year Membership (Both): $665
High School Educator/Student

Membership: FREE

A high school student requires agreement of Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Minimum age: 13. If you're a high school educator, please contact Kathryn Bolsley at (313) 425-3332 or If you're a high school student, click the button below to join.
Institutional & Corporate
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Knowledge & Resource Center

As an SME member benefit, the SME Knowledge & Resource Center provides technical information and knowledge on a vast array of manufacturing processes and other engineering-related subjects, including access to CIRP papers. 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. Learn More

SME Mentorship Program

The SME Mentorship Program connects mentors (professional members) with mentees (high school student members), allowing mentors to enhance their leadership skills and give back to the manufacturing community, while mentees get the help they need to achieve their personal, educational and professional development goals. Learn More

Daily Executive Briefing

SME Daily Executive Briefing, produced by Bulletin Media, is an exclusive member benefit that ensures readers are informed on relevant issues affecting the manufacturing industry. Sections include: Manufacturing, Workforce Development, Technology, Economic News, and Law and Policy. Learn More

SME Connect

Join SME’s online network to share and gain industry insights. Engage with practitioners, business leaders and researchers who impact manufacturing daily from around the world. Learn More

Industry Yearbooks (Annual)

Each annual industry yearbook presents the authoritative insights from manufacturing leaders who outline the major market trends, processes, and technologies driving manufacturing success. Compiled by the editors of Manufacturing Engineering Magazine. Learn More


SME's Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Letters are published by Elsevier and are included in the ScienceDirect digital library. Manuscript submissions and the peer-review process are handled electronically through the Elsevier Editorial System. Learn More


The SME Education Foundation offers substantial scholarships to students with at least one parent or grandparent who has been an SME member in good standing for the last two years. The Family Scholarships include one award in an amount of $40,000 and three scholarships of $20,000 each, all payable over four years. Learn More

Affinity Programs

As an SME member, you receive extra benefits from our Affinity Partners. Learn More


Local SME chapters help build a member network in your own backyard, meet potential customers, partners and employers, and gain leadership opportunities. Chapter membership is automatic when you join; there are no additional fees. Learn More

Manufacturing Engineering magazine

Manufacturing Engineering is a highly respected magazine serving U.S. engineers and other manufacturing professionals who use manufacturing technologies. The magazine’s history dates back to 1935, when SME first published it as Tool Engineer. In the 1960s, the magazine was called Tool and Manufacturing Engineer. In the 1970s, it became Manufacturing Engineering and Management. Since 1975, the magazine has been known as Manufacturing Engineering, or as our customers sometimes call us, M.E. Learn More


Demonstrate your manufacturing knowledge by earning a certification through SME.

  • Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification
  • Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)
  • Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE)
  • Lean Certification

SME members receive special pricing on certification study materials and examinations. Supports tenure-track faculty seeking validation of industry knowledge. Learn More

National Events

See new and emerging technologies in action on the exhibit floor. Attend regional and national events highlighting industry best practices. SME members can walk the exhibit floor for free.

Receive substantial discounts off of the educational conference registration. Learn More

Jobs Connection

Our comprehensive job board offers thousands of manufacturing-related jobs worldwide. Nonmembers pay $60 for this service. Learn More

Technical Papers

More than 16,000 individual papers make SME’s collection of manufacturing knowledge the largest of its kind. Find papers on best practices, advancements and industry trends. FREE to download for SME Members. Learn More


SME’s high school, undergraduate and postgraduate students can compete and gain visibility in technical contests that begin locally and continue through state and national levels. Through the use of a variety of manufacturing technologies and processes, participants can help solve real-world situations. Learn More

It's Time to Join SME!

SME is a community of manufacturing professionals, educators, and students who create the things that make the world a better place to live, work and play. Membership in SME gives you access to workforce training and certification, mentorship programs, jobs, the industry’s top publications and events, networking opportunities, and more. Further your career and take advantage of these numerous opportunities by joining SME.
Ronald Gill
“SME is an organization of professionals like yourself who are dedicated to promoting and advancing manufacturing technology, continuous development of a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to manufacturing. As a member of this prestigious organization, you have set yourself apart from your colleagues and peers by choosing to be an SME member.”
Ronald A. Gill, SME Member Since 1992