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SME Bridge Program

SME Emerging Professional Membership

Support Your Continuing Education & Career

SME offers resources that are beneficial to lifelong learners like you, including a job bank, certification and continuing education courses to continue your education.

SME Jobs Connection Thousands of manufacturing-related jobs worldwide. Nonmembers pay $60 for this service.

Certification Faculty and staff can demonstrate their knowledge of manufacturing by earning certification through SME.
SME members receive special pricing on certification study materials and examinations. Supports tenure-track faculty seeking validation of industry knowledge.

Connect With Your Manufacturing Community

An SME membership offers the opportunity to network and form long-term relationships with members of the worldwide manufacturing community.

Chapters Build a network of professionals in local industries.

SME Connect Join SME’s online network to share and gain industry insights. Engage with practitioners, business leaders and researchers who impact manufacturing daily from around the world.

SME Mentorship Program Volunteer to be a mentor to a high school student or a manufacturing colleague. Clarify questions about educational and career paths with industry contacts.

National Events See new and emerging technologies in action on the exhibit floor. Attend regional and national events highlighting industry best practices. SME members can walk the exhibit floor for free. Receive substantial discounts off of the educational conference registration.

Technical Community Network Get involved in a Technical Community.

Gain Access to Valuable Industry Knowledge & Resources

SME’s members are industry practitioners who are eager to share their knowledge. They are interested in learning from and supporting colleagues. This exchange of knowledge over the past eight decades has created an exciting collection of information that can be accessed 24/7:

Advanced Manufacturing Now
Weekly e-Newsletter
SME publishes the latest manufacturing news and technical information, including news about new technologies, educational webinars, podcasts and more.

Daily Executive Briefing Members can keep up with industry changes by reading SME’s popular daily news summary. A member exclusive!

Digital Resources SME offers podcasts, videos and webinars to keep members up-to-date on what's happening in manufacturing.

Industry Yearbooks (Annual)
  • Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing
  • Energy Manufacturing
  • Motorized Vehicle Manufacturing
Each annual industry yearbook presents the authoritative insights from manufacturing leaders who outline the major market trends, processes and technologies driving manufacturing success.

  • Journal of Manufacturing Processes
  • Journal of Manufacturing Systems
  • Manufacturing Letters
SME members have FREE access to these peer-reviewed journals and selected other features on ScienceDirect.

Knowledge & Resource Center
Custom research
Get customized research from a professional researcher with more than 20 years of experience. Ask technical questions and get personalized answers fast.

Manufacturing Engineering
Monthly Magazine
Receive 12 monthly issues of this highly respected magazine serving U.S. engineers and other manufacturing professionals who use manufacturing technologies.

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

It holds an annual conference (the North American Manufacturing Research Conference) at which members present and discuss their research results and work-in-progress.

Technical Papers More than 16,000 individual papers make SME’s collection of manufacturing knowledge the largest of its kind. Find papers on best practices, advancements and industry trends.

Special Discounts

Get special member rates for: Auto, homeowners, renters, condo, boat insurance, motorcycles and more; health, dental and vision Insurance as well as life and supplemental insurance.

Affinity Programs
  • Auto and Home Insurance
  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Life & Supplemental Insurance

Who is Eligible?

This membership level is available to:

  • Recent high school or college graduates.
  • Not currently enrolled in school.
  • Ages 18-35.*



Join or renew at a special rate of $45 per year, or take advantage of a one-time fee of $200 for a five-year membership option. After five years, your renewal rate will change to the current professional membership rate of $138.


If you have any questions, contact SME Membership at 800.733.4763 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday, for assistance. Or, email