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Professional Individual Membership

This membership level is available to:

  • Anyone age 18 and over involved in a manufacturing career.
  • Join and add “SME Member” to your business card, office stationery, social media and email signature.


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

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 x 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.

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
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.

Knowledge & Resource Center
Custom research
Get customized research from a professional researcher with more than 20 years of experience. This is an SME member-only benefit. 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.

Smart Manufacturing
Quarterly Magazine
This quarterly publication focuses on advanced manufacturing technologies and tools that are driven or enhanced by integrated information technology. Available free of charge to qualified U.S. subscribers only.

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

The 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 Mentor Programs Volunteer to be a mentor to a high school student or a manufacturing colleague. Or, be mentored. 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.

Support 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 Thousands of manufacturing-related jobs worldwide. Jumpstart a student’s career with meaningful internship opportunities posted on the SME Intern Board.

Certification Faculty and staff can demonstrate their knowledge of manufacturing by earning certification through SME.

Lean Certification

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)

Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE)

SME members receive special pricing on certification study materials and examinations. Supports tenure-track faculty seeking validation of industry knowledge.

Competitions Got a student in your life interested in a STEM career? Encourage them to compete in one of many SME technical contests that begin locally and continue through state and national levels.

For example, the Digital Manufacturing Challenge is open to postsecondary students and provides visibility to academic programs.

Scholarships The SME Education Foundation funds more than 200 scholarships are offered to graduating high school students, undergraduate students and graduate students. There is a special scholarship for family members of SME members.

STEM Premier Encourage the high school or postsecondary student in your life to build a profile on STEM Premier for scholarship and job opportunities:

Tooling U-SME Offers online courses, custom courses, instructor-led courses, apprenticeship programs, assessments, certifications, e-books and videos. Get a free two-week trial.

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