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Workforce Development

SME is committed to today’s manufacturing workforce – and tomorrows.

Tackling the skills gap, strengthening workforce preparation, enhancing talent availability: SME supports industry, workers, and students. Through Tooling U-SME, webinars, the SME Education Foundation, the SME PRIME schools initiative and more, SME creates opportunities to help advance today’s workforce and develop the next generation of manufacturing professionals.

We’re Building Capability; Expanding Opportunity

Our programs and tools enhance the capability and qualification of your current workforce – and expand the nation’s talent pool. Learn more about custom training through Tooling U-SME, tailored webinars, a full job board, and more. You won't find these kinds of tools anywhere else.

Development Resources

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Tooling U-SME

Tooling U-SME delivers versatile learning and development solutions to the manufacturing workforce. Companies, education institutions and individuals all turn to us to for tailored training to gain new skills and help advance careers.


Participate in webinars that focus on increasing your manufacturing skill set to help you advance in your career.


Industry-recognized certification programs validate your knowledge in the most sought-after areas, including lean, manufacturing technology, and additive manufacturing.
Technical Papers

Technical Papers

Our top 30 individual papers make SME’s collection of manufacturing knowledge the largest of its kind. Find papers on best practices, advancements and industry trends.
Jobs Connection

Jobs Connection

Looking to take that next step in your manufacturing career? Use SME Jobs Connection (a member benefit) to access available positions at companies in the U.S. and around the world.
Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day

Every year, thousands of manufacturers around the country open their doors to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Attend or host an event at your facility, the opportunities are endless.

Latest News & Trends

  • Tooling U-SME
    Workforce Development

    Tooling U-SME Awarded DoD Workforce and Education Grant

    January 17, 2020
    Grant will support development of relevant, manufacturing-focused training to produce military systems and components.
    By Tooling U-SME - Press Release
  • Alan Rooks
    Expert Opinion

    Walking the Talk on Workforce Development

    January 2, 2020
    When we talk about the skills gap, it sounds like one monolithic issue. In reality, it’s thousands of individual issues; every U.S. manufacturing company, each with unique needs and issues, must solve the riddle of attracting and retaining new talent.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Workforce Development

    Workforce Helps Aerospace Take Flight in N.C.

    December 6, 2019
    Thanks to millions in investment and new tailored workforce training for Gen Z and above, aerospace manufacturing is reaching new heights in Guilford County, N.C. Home to 200 aerospace companies and 400 suppliers, North Carolina has the second-fastest growing aerospace business cluster in the country.
    By Loren Hill - President, High Point Economic Development Corp., Brent Christensen - President and CEO, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

SME Education Foundation

Get Involved with the SME Education Foundation PRIME Program. You can take advantage of SME PRIME's many opportunities to connect with the future of the manufacturing workforce.