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A Shared Mission

Educator Resources. Partnerships. Expertise.

SME and the SME Education Foundation support and share the mission of educators. From academic research and technical reports to the very direct support of the SME PRIME Schools initiative, explore our commitment to education and teachers.

Manufacturing is becoming increasingly connected, automated and intelligent, marking a new industrial revolution. Technology-driven, advanced manufacturing supports 13 million jobs in the U.S., assuring economic stability and opportunity.

A core mission of SME is workforce development, supporting and ensuring that students and high-tech employees are prepared and equipped with the creativity, ability and skills necessary for success.

Inspiring Students

The SME PRIME initiative focuses on engaging and inspiring high schools students to explore manufacturing. We work with industry partners to acquire industry-relevant equipment, and design technological and manufacturing curricula offerings, to prepare high schools students for skilled career pathways.

Resources for Educators

Manufacturing Research

Manufacturing Research (NAMRI | SME)

The North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI | SME) brings together researchers from leading companies, government laboratories, academic institutions and industrial think tanks located around the world for the advancement of the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing.


SME's Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Letters are published by Elsevier and included in the ScienceDirect digital library. As a benefit, SME members have FREE access.
Mentor Programs

Manufacturing Education & Accreditation Committee

SME's Manufacturing Education & Accreditation Committee serves through benchmarking, identification, definition and assistance in the implementation of manufacturing education activities and accreditation standards and guidelines. The committee functions in an advisory role for these activities to the SME Board of Directors.

Education with Tooling U-SME

We partner with educators to help build and provide industry-proven training through online classes and apprenticeship programs which allow more time for hands-on instruction and enable individualized educational plans for students with different knowledge, skills and abilities.




Our volunteers help ABET evaluate its technical programs that lead to degrees in engineering, engineering technology, computing, and natural and applied sciences.
ASEE Manufacturing Division

ASEE Manufacturing Division

We are an official sponsor of the ASEE/SME Competition for Student Makers.


Our Additive Manufacturing Contest uses an emerging technology to attract more students to careers in manufacturing.