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SME's Mentorship Program is only available to SME members. If you are interested in participating, please login or consider becoming an SME Member by visiting this link.

Program Overview

Manufacturing currently supports an estimated 17.6 million jobs in the U.S. It’s projected that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled in the next 10 years. The next decade is also expected to bring a potential shortfall of 875,000 machinists, welders, industrial-machinery mechanics and industrial engineers.

Through our Mentorship Program, SME is helping address the impending skills gap by connecting high school students with seasoned professionals, giving our members a way to share their insights and offer practical career advice.


Please email SME Membership at membership@sme.org or call 1.800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000.

Become a Mentor

As a mentor, you…
  • Shape the future of the aspiring manufacturing professionals by sharing insights, resources and connections.
  • Build your leadership skills as you motivate and encourage mentees.
  • Gain personal satisfaction knowing you’ve contributed to someone’s growth and development.
To serve as a mentor, you must be:
  • An SME member in good standing from the U.S. or Canada.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Able to clear a background check.

Become a Mentee

As a mentee, you…
  • Receive guidance from a mentor with hands-on manufacturing experience.
  • Gain a new perspective on your career path.
  • Develop knowledge and skills you can use to succeed in your current position.
  • Make new connections and learn about professional resources through your mentor.
To be mentored, you must be:
  • An SME high school member in good standing.
  • 13-18 years of age.
  • Able to provide a parent or guardian’s signature (if under 18 years of age).