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SME and SkillsUSA High School Membership Program

Exploring a career in manufacturing? SME has teamed with SkillsUSA to create pathways for your career quest. This partnership gives high school students and educators complementary membership in SME where you can:


Prepare for a challenging, rewarding and lucrative career in manufacturing with a free membership in SME.

High School Dues: $0 | College/University Dues: $20

Catch the eye of colleges and companies looking for talent. Build a digital portfolio on STEM Premier, SME’s career partner. It’s a gateway to the manufacturing industry for more than 200,000+ students.

Complete the high school application* to quickly and easily receive your free SME-SkillsUSA membership. If you prefer to submit your application electronically, please use our DocuSign Link.**

*Students must be 13 years of age or older to apply. A parentguardian's signature is required for students under the age of 18.

Questions? Contact Natalie Lowell at 313.425.3129 or


The SME-SkillsUSA partnership was announced in June 2016.
Jeffrey Krause
“SME high school members — students and educators alike — receive hands-on and virtual access to resources and information related to manufacturing,” said Jeff Krause, SME CEO. “SME and SkillsUSA have worked together on various initiatives over many years, including most recently launching the Additive Manufacturing Contest of SkillsUSA. This is yet another way that we can combine forces and empower the next generation to make a difference in their lives.”

Tim Lawrence
“SkillsUSA and SME are driven by similar missions — we are both dedicated to providing skills gap solutions and filling talent pipelines,” said Timothy Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “By partnering, we can truly make an impact on the manufacturing industry by engaging educators and students, to drive interest in career options and high-tech possibilities.”

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