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A Shared Mission

Educator Resources. Partnerships. Expertise.

SME and the SME Education Foundation support and share the same mission as educators: to impact the future generation of manufacturing practitioners. From academic research and technical reports to the very direct support of the SME PRIME Schools initiative, explore our commitment to manufacturing education and teachers. A core undertaking of SME is workforce development — supporting and ensuring that students and high-tech employees are prepared and equipped with the creativity, ability and skills necessary for success.

Membership Opportunities

Becoming an SME member provides numerous opportunities for professional development. High school educators can join for free and gain access to resources needed to help students explore lucrative careers and advanced technologies that only manufacturing has to offer.

SME's Institutional Group Membership is available to colleges, universities and technical institutes focused on engineering and manufacturing that are interested in providing their faculty and staff with access to SME’s rich resources and knowledge of manufacturing. Learn more and become a member today!

Educator Institutional

Resources for Educators

Manufacturing Research

Manufacturing Research (NAMRI | SME)

The North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI | SME) brings together researchers from leading companies, government laboratories, academic institutions and industrial think tanks located around the world for the advancement of the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing.


SME's Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Letters are published by Elsevier and included in the ScienceDirect digital library. As a benefit, SME members have FREE access to these journals and selected other features. Learn more about each publication and how you can submit your own technical papers to be published.
Mentor Programs

Manufacturing Education & Accreditation Committee

SME's Manufacturing Education & Accreditation Committee serves through benchmarking, identification, definition and assistance in the implementation of manufacturing education activities and accreditation standards and guidelines. The committee functions in an advisory role for these activities to the SME Board of Directors.

SME's Educators Awards

SME Education Award

SME Education Award

The SME Education Award honors the educator most respected for the development of manufacturing-related curricula, fostering sound training methods or inspiring students to enter the profession of manufacturing. Nominations Due: Aug. 1
SME Awards

Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award

SME’s Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award was established in 2011 to recognize select SME student chapter faculty advisors for their continued oversight and engagement efforts in advocating for students and the manufacturing industry.
Excellence in Manufacturing Training Award

Excellence in Manufacturing Training Award

The SME Excellence in Manufacturing Training award honors a manufacturer who demonstrates an exceptional commitment and dedication to upskilling the workforce, enhancing talent, and preparing new and incumbent employees for a successful career in the manufacturing industry.

Powering Student Achievement

Help your students fund their manufacturing future. They can join hundreds of graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students that will be awarded millions of dollars in scholarships from the SME Education Foundation’s nearly 60 scholarship funds.

Education with Tooling U-SME

We partner with educators to help build and provide industry-proven training through online classes and apprenticeship programs which allow more time for hands-on instruction and enable individualized educational plans for students with different knowledge, skills and abilities.
Education with Tooling U-SME




Our volunteers help ABET evaluate its technical programs that lead to degrees in engineering, engineering technology, computing, and natural and applied sciences.
ASEE Manufacturing Division

ASEE Manufacturing Division

We are an official sponsor of the ASEE/SME Competition for Student Makers.


Our Additive Manufacturing Contest uses an emerging technology to attract more students to careers in manufacturing.

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

Receive a guaranteed subscription to Manufacturing Engineering magazine


Local Chapters

Build relationships in your local community



Get substantial discounts on certification study materials and exams


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