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SME Membership is... 
Everyone you need to MEET.
Everything you need to KNOW.
Everything you need to GROW.

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If you are a student interested in a career in manufacturing, becoming an SME Member should be first on your "to-do" list. We are a one-stop shop for busy students, offering everything from hard-to-find technical information on state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and applications to providing you unparalleled networking opportunities to help you land that first job on your career path.

Connect with industry experts who can help you to jumpstart your career.

  • Eight Technical Communities and more than 40 Tech Groups — Connect virtually anytime, anywhere with technical experts to share and gain knowledge. Find a Mentor in your industry.
  • Local Chapter Membership — Build your local connections and network with members on or near your campus. Meet potential mentors, partners and employers.
  • Lean Registry & SME Connect — Blog, chat, ask and answer questions. All at your fingertips.
  • Online Social Networking — Follow SME on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter to make new connections and keep up to date on SME's activities.

Know the latest trends, innovations and solutions.

  • Ask the SME Librarian — Have a class project to research? Access this customized research service for information you might not find online.
  • Access to more than 16,000 Technical Papers — Want to impress your professor? Download the most recent research information in seconds and get some great information for your next paper or presentation.
  • Monthly Webinars — Hear from industry experts on a variety of technical topics.
  • SME Daily Executive Briefing — Receive manufacturing e-news compiled and customized for members on manufacturing, education, workforce development and more.
  • Manufacturing Engineering Media — Read the latest information from the authoritative voices in manufacturing.

Grow with education programs designed to help you define your career.

  • Scholarships — Money doesn't grow on trees. Last year, more than 250 students received SME Education Foundation scholarships. You could be next.
  • Special Student Contests, Events, Programs — Participate and gain exposure to real-life situations.
  • SME Certification — Stand out from the crowd by validating your manufacturing knowledge by earning your Certification Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) certification.
  • Jobs Connection — Receive priority listing in our database and search hundreds of top manufacturing positions.
  • Career Coaches — Get one-on-one coaching on what your next steps should be, plus "Ask the Expert" interviewing advice and more.
  • Substantial Discounts — Receive discounts on all our education, certification and certificate programs, including books and videos.
  • Give Back — Volunteer for a leadership position in a Local Student Chapter, which looks great on a resume, and promote manufacturing education to the next graduating group.