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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

  • Women in Manufacturing Announces Inaugural Class of Hall of Fame Inductees
    Workforce Development

    Women in Manufacturing Announces Inaugural Class of Hall of Fame Inductees

    August 6, 2020
    Women in Manufacturing has announced 15 outstanding women leaders who make up the inaugural class of Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame inductees. The group will be officially welcomed to the Hall of Fame with a ceremony and celebration on October 1, 2020 as part of WiM’s 10th annual SUMMIT event.
    By Women in Manufacturing - Press Release
  • Students learning machining on manual machine tools at the University of Dayton. The second phase of a machine shop modernization project was completed in 2019 with the addition of eight KTM-3VKF knee mills from Kent USA.
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    Hands On at University of Dayton

    August 3, 2020
    Why do designers and mechanical engineers need experience operating a manual mill, lathe or surface grinder? A similar question might be asked about CNC machinists: who cares about all that handle cranking and lever turning when practically all machining these days is under computer and servomotor control?
    By Kip Hanson - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • (Left to right) Jackie Zhang, Anjana Chiluka, Megan Joseph, Stephanie Price, Reena Limbachia, and Alison Niendorf at a Digital Divas event.
    Workforce Development

    Promoting STEM Careers for Women

    July 24, 2020
    In the United States, females earn 61.3 percent of the four-year college degrees and make up over 50.3 percent of the population, but still lag in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.
    By Stephanie Price - Software Engineer, Promess, Bia Hamed - Digital Divas Program Director

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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