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SME Bridge Program

SME Emerging Professional Membership

This membership level is available to:

  • Recent high school or college graduates.
  • Not currently enrolled in school.
  • Ages 18-35.*



Join or renew at a special rate of $45 per year, or take advantage of a one-time fee of $200 for a five-year membership option. After five years, your renewal rate will change to the current professional membership rate of $138.

Know A Recent Graduate?
Give the Gift of Membership

Professional members can gift a graduating student member with an emerging professional membership. Your non-tax-deductible gift contribution ($45 per graduating student member) will:

  • Help introduce new professionals to resources and technical information needed in today's lean manufacturing workforce.
  • Retain active young members and support the strength of your local chapter, while demonstrating your commitment to the future of SME.

SME Membership helps to make engineers, companies and prospective professionals successful in their manufacturing careers. It is essential to the future of manufacturing that students transition to professional membership after they graduate. Your gift will make a positive impact on the professional development of our future manufacturing workforce.

Buy a Recent Graduate SME Membership


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

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.

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.

Affinity Programs
  • Auto Insurance
  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Life & Supplemental Insurance

Support Your Continuing Education & Career

SME offers resources that are beneficial to lifelong learners like you, including a job bank, certification, continuing education courses, and scholarships to continue your education.

SME Jobs Connection Thousands of manufacturing-related jobs worldwide. Non-members pay $60 for this service.

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 college 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