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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

Tooling-U SME

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

  • Reyes Curiel (foreground) and other students learning CAD/CAM on a workstation.
    Workforce Development

    Viewing the Future of Manufacturing at Desert View

    June 5, 2020
    Teaching at Desert View High School in this close-knit area of Tucson, Ariz. can be quite a challenge. Our student body is about 90 percent Hispanic, and in many households both parents have to work.
    By Cesar Gutierrez - Precision Manufacturing Teacher, Desert View High School
  • ShopBot Tools Launches Virtual Workshop for CNC
    Tooling & Workholding

    ShopBot Tools Launches Virtual Workshop for CNC

    May 13, 2020
    ShopBot Tools, a manufacturer of CNC routers, has launched a “virtual workshop” for ShopBot customers and CNC users. While individuals, businesses, and educational institutions work to adapt to the changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, ShopBot is providing virtual tools to make CNC accessible to small and mid-sized manufacturers, including education, training, information, support.
    By ShopBot Tools - Press Release
  • ServiceMax, Krios Open Job Board to Aid in Pandemic
    Workforce Development

    ServiceMax, Krios Open Job Board to Aid in Pandemic

    May 4, 2020
    ServiceMax, an asset-centric field service management firm, and Krios, the AI-powered job and freelance platform, opened the ServiceMax Field Service Finder.
    By ServiceMax - Press Release

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.

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We want to help you succeed in all areas of manufacturing. Join today to learn. engage. advance. with SME.


SME Connect

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Manufacturing Engineering magazine

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Local Chapters

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