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Postsecondary Student Membership

This membership level is available to:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a community college, technical school or institute, college or university.


Join or renew at a special rate of $20 per year.


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; email; or submit an inquiry.

Build Your Resume

Set yourself apart from others in the job market and prepare for an exciting, lucrative career in manufacturing. First on your “to-do” list: Join SME.

Scholarships More than 250 students receive scholarships to fund their education from the SME Education Foundation. Over $13.9 million in scholarships were awarded in 2017. You could be next!

Competitions Compete and gain visibility in technical contests that begin locally and continue through state and national levels. Gain exposure to real-life situations.

SME Mentorship Program   Volunteer to mentor a high school student. Looks good on a resume!

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.

Internships Jumpstart your career with meaningful internship opportunities posted on the SME Intern Board.

Jobs Connection Post your career resume and receive a priority listing as an SME member. Nonmembers pay $60 to use this service!

STEM Premier Build a profile on STEM Premier for scholarship and job opportunities.

Access Technical Resources for Projects & Term Papers!

SME is a one-stop shop for busy students, offering hard-to-find technical information on state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and applications.

Knowledge & Resource Center
Custom research
Get customized research from a professional researcher with 20+ years of experience. This is an SME member-only benefit. Ask technical questions and get personalized answers fast.

  • Journal of Manufacturing Processes
  • Journal of Manufacturing Systems
  • Manufacturing Letters
Published for SME by Elsevier Publishing and included in the ScienceDirect digital library. SME members have FREE access to these journals and selected other features on ScienceDirect.

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.

Technical Papers Want to impress your professor? Download the most recent research information in seconds. 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.

Build Professional Relationships & Employment Network

Network with SME professional members and form relationships with members of the worldwide manufacturing community. SME membership could help you land the first job of your career!

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.

Chapters Expand your professional relationships and build an employment network through local educational and professional activities. Enhance your leadership and public speaking skills by participating in your local chapter events. Form connections and network with professional and academic members on or near your campus.

SME Connect Blog, chat, and ask and answer questions.

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 Communities   Get involved in a Technical Community.

Keep Up on What’s Happening in Manufacturing

SME’s members are industry practitioners who are eager to share their knowledge. They are interested in learning from and supporting colleagues.

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.

SME 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.

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

Social Media Follow SME to keep up-to-date on news and activities.

Special Reports These reports provide an in-depth analysis on topics of interest to SME readers to facilitate a conversation around manufacturing technology, policy and workforce development.

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