With the accelerating growth and impact of the current “fourth industrial revolution,” or Industry 4.0, manufacturing has become increasingly connected, automated and intelligent: It has become “smart manufacturing.” This evolving, technology-dependent and advanced industry supports an estimated 17.6 million jobs in the U.S.; a projected 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the next 10 years.
New demands and opportunities face those who are and will become the American manufacturing workforce.
SME works in a variety of ways to ensure that high-tech employees are prepared and equipped the creativity, ability and skillset to keep up with rapidly advancing technology.
News & Information
Keep up-to-date on our manufacturing education efforts through various articles, white papers and special reports.
RESEARCH & INNOVATION
We advance manufacturing knowledge and innovations through our technical program evaluations, research institution and annual research conference, and peer-reviewed journals.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
We recognize educators for inspiring students and encourage young talent to pursue careers in manufacturing research.
COMPETITIONS & TOURS
Our student innovation tours and competitions open the door for interested students, helping them bridge the gap between academics and industry.
SME Education Foundation
The Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the future generation of advanced manufacturing technologists.
It's incumbent on us to inform and inspire young people about their opportunities in this new era of advanced manufacturing — we're changing perceptions one student member at a time.
SME partners with several different organizations to broaden our outreach and drive awareness about the importance of manufacturing careers and education, including: