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Member Benefits

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 can connect with peers, gain knowledge related to manufacturing technology and trends, solve problems and participate in leadership opportunities. An SME membership provides all these benefits and more.

Each level has its own benefits. Please review the Benefits by Membership Level table for further information.


Knowledge & Resource Center

From manufacturing topics to engineering-related subjects, our highly qualified research specialist can assist you with your most pressing research needs and queries. Only SME members receive this high-quality service at no additional cost.

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

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SME Mentorship Program

SME's Mentorship Program offers high school mentees guidance and support from industry professionals who can help empower and equip them with the information and skills they need to succeed in manufacturing. Only current SME members are eligible to participate.

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Manufacturing Engineering Magazine

Receive 12 monthly issues of this highly respected magazine serving U.S. engineers and other manufacturing professionals who use manufacturing technologies. Subscriptions are automatic with membership – no prequalifying or extra subscription fees needed.

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SME Connect

Join SME’s members-only online networking and collaboration site to share information, offer solutions and gain industry insights. Take the first step by connecting with peers from around the world who are making an impact on manufacturing.

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Demonstrate your manufacturing knowledge by earning a certification through SME. SME members receive special pricing on certification study materials and examinations.

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Industry Yearbooks

Each of the three annual industry yearbooks focuses on Aerospace & Defense, Energy Manufacturing and Motorized Vehicles, as well as present authoritative insights on the major market trends, processes and technologies driving manufacturing success. Only SME members receive the print versions of the yearbooks, which are polybagged with their monthly Manufacturing Engineering magazine.

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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.

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Peer-Reviewed Journals

SME Members have FREE access to SME's three, peer-reviewed journals and select other features on ScienceDirect.

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Jobs Connection

Our comprehensive job board offers thousands of worldwide manufacturing-related jobs and internships as well as career guidance and coaching, resume review, interview prep and customized job alerts. Only SME Members have unlimited access and preferential ranking; nonmembers pay $60 for this service.

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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.

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Technical Papers

Find papers on best practices, advancements, and industry trends. FREE downloads are only available to SME members.

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Member-Discounted Services

SME members receive extra benefits from our affinity partners, including health, life, auto, renters and homeowner’s insurance.

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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. Prizes are awarded.

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Member-Exclusive Newsletters

Only members receive the SME Daily Executive Briefing, a daily newsletter tailored to the needs of manufacturing professionals, as well as the monthly "From the Desk of," and the Member NewsFlash.

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SME Membership Certificates and Pins

An SME Membership certificate and pin acknowledge your status and displays your pride! Let others know you are a member of SME by getting your membership pin or membership certificate to display in your office or home.

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Kyle Reigel
“As an undergrad, I was introduced to my member benefits by joining the Dubuque, Iowa, chapter. These benefits included gaining the opportunity to better educate me in the manufacturing realm and networking with local engineers.”
Kyle Riegel, United Equipment Accessories, SME Member Since 2008