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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

  • (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
  • NIMS Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Launches New Smart Solutions
    Workforce Development

    NIMS Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Launches New Smart Solutions

    July 21, 2020
    NIMS (The National Institute for Metalworking Skills), established in 1995, is marking its 25th anniversary in 2020 with new methodologies for skills training, performance validation, and credentialing that address the competencies needed by today’s technology-driven manufacturers.
    By The National Institute for Metalworking Skills - Press Release
  • Paul van Metre President ProShop USA
    Workforce Development

    Trillium Machine finds a way to effectively train newbies

    July 17, 2020
    One of the biggest challenges that any shop faces in 2020 is finding skilled workers to backfill those baby boomers who are retiring, or simply finding staff to meet the demand of a healthy manufacturing economy.
    By Paul van Metre - President, ProShop USA

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.

Become an SME Member

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


SME Connect

Engage virtually with industry peers through SME Connect


Manufacturing Engineering magazine

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Local Chapters

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