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 SME is partnering with the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs). Housed at universities nationwide, IACs perform no-cost energy assessments for small and medium-sized manufacturers. The assessments are done by teams of students with supervision by a professor. Since the program’s inception in 1976, IACs have performed nearly 17,000 assessments making more than 128,000 recommendations. This has resulted in energy savings of 580 trillion Btu totaling more than $6 billion dollars. For more information about Industrial Assessment Centers, please visit

The goal of this partnership is to broaden the manufacturing experience for the IAC, ultimately benefiting industry and students. SME student members, under the guidance and supervision of the faculty advisor, collaborate with IAC students during their assessments of small and medium-sized manufacturers. This is a beneficial opportunity for SME student members to participate in real-world work, to gain valuable experience, lend our manufacturing expertise to the assessment process, and establish new industry contacts for future projects and research.

What is an industrial assessment?

An industrial assessment is, quite simply, an in-depth assessment of a plant site; its facilities, services and manufacturing operations. This term is used to refer to a process, which involves a thorough examination of potential savings from:
  • Energy-efficiency improvements.
  • Waste minimization and pollution prevention.
  • Productivity improvement.

2015 Memorandum of Understanding

View the guidelines for SME's partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and expectations for the Industrial Assessment Centers. More

Preassessment Questions

The questions contained in this preassessment document will help set the expectations prior to visiting a manufacturing facility and completing an assessment. More  

Webex Recording

Want more background on the Industrial Assessment Program. Click here to listen to this brief Webex recording.