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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.



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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Jobs Connection

SME's 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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SME Connect

Join SME’s members-only community, including the Virtual Network, where you can help solve problems, contribute your expertise and build strong connections. Take the first step by connecting with peers from around the world who are or will be making an impact on manufacturing.

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Knowledge & Resource Center

SME's Knowledge & Resource Center provides technical information and knowledge on a vast array of manufacturing processes and other engineering-related subjects. Offered exclusively, and at no additional cost to members, this high-quality research service through our e-librarian can help you gain valuable information and save time.

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Manufacturing Engineering Magazine

Receive 12 monthly issues of SME's highly respected magazine. With roots in traditional metalworking and shop operations, ME provides broad content to those who make critical parts for the aerospace and defense, motorized vehicle, medical and energy industries. Subscriptions are automatic with membership — no prequalifying or extra subscription fees required.

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Demonstrate your manufacturing knowledge by earning one or more of our industry-recognized certifications. SME Members receive special pricing on certification study materials and examinations.

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Industry Yearbooks

SME's three annual industry yearbooks focus on Aerospace & Defense, Medical Additive Manufacturing and Motorized Vehicles, offering authoritative insights on major market trends, processes and technologies driving manufacturing success. Members receive print versions of the yearbooks polybagged with Manufacturing Engineering magazine; non-U.S. members receive the digital edition.

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National Events

See new and emerging technologies in action on the exhibit floor. Attend SME's regional and national events highlighting industry best practices. SME Members can walk the exhibit floor for free and receive substantial discounts off of the educational conference registration.

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Member-Exclusive Newsletters

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

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Peer-Reviewed Journals

Only members have FREE access to SME's three, peer-reviewed journals — Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Letters — and select other features through ScienceDirect.

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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 medical, prescriptions, dental, vision, supplemental and life insurance.

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SME's high school, undergraduate and postgraduate students can compete and gain visibility in engineering, design and manufacturing contests that begin locally and continue through state and national levels. Prizes are awarded.

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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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Membership Certificates & Pins

Share your pride in your SME Membership! Let others know you are an SME member by getting your membership certificate to display in your office or home or a pin to wear.

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Reinforce the Value of Your Network

An SME membership gives you endless options. Share common thoughts and goals. Network organically. Be part of a powerful group of people.