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Professional Individual Membership

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.

Digital Resources SME offers podcasts, videos and webinars to keep members up-to-date.

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 exclusive access to these journals and selected other features through 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; SME members receive a discount off of conference registration.

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.

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.

Connect With Your Manufacturing Community

SME membership offers in-person and virtual networking opportunities. Form your own long-term relationship with other 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. Share your insights, experience about educational and career paths in manufacturing.

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.

Support for Your Education & Career

SME offers resources that are beneficial to students and lifelong learners, including funding, networking, out-of-class educational experience, and competitions.

SME Jobs Connection Our comprehensive job board offers thousands of manufacturing-related jobs worldwide. Nonmembers pay $60 for this service.

Certification Demonstrate your manufacturing knowledge by earning a certification through SME. SME members receive special pricing on certification study materials and examinations. Supports tenure-track faculty seeking validation of industry knowledge.

Scholarships The SME Education Foundation offers substantial scholarships to students with at least one parent or grandparent who has been an SME member in good standing for the last two years. The Family Scholarships include one award in an amount of $40,000 and three scholarships of $20,000 each, all payable over four years.

Affinity Programs Get special member rates for:
  • Auto and Home Insurance
  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Life & Supplemental Insurance

Who is Eligible?

This membership level is available to:

  • A person with a minimum of 4 years experience in manufacturing;
  • OR an individual who has an SME Certification;
  • OR a registered professional engineer;
  • OR a graduate with a bachelor’s or associates degree in science or engineering.


Join or renew at a one-year rate of $138. You can save by purchasing multiple years in advance. $248.50 for two years of membership (10% savings) and $352.00 for three year of membership (15% savings).


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