SME is a founding partner in the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System and serves as a leading voice in national discussions on manufacturing workforce issues. The Society’s educational programs, including its online courses offered through Tooling U, map to the skills certification system and are based on an industry-validated body of knowledge.
The Workforce Imperative strategy is already being embraced among leaders in manufacturing education, workforce development and STEM supporters. Early endorsers include ACT, the Automation Federation, the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Corporate Member Council, Engineering Technology Council and Manufacturing Division, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), FIRST, the National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME), Project Lead the Way (PLTW), SkillsUSA, and the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC).
For more information on SME’s recommendations or to download a copy of the strategy, visit sme.org/WorkforceImperative or send an email to WorkforceImperative@sme.org.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce. For more information, visit: sme.org.