Engage in Mentoring

Mentorship Program Overview

The SME Mentorship Program connects mentors (professional members) with mentees (high school student members), allowing mentors to enhance their leadership skills and give back to the manufacturing community, while mentees get the help they need to achieve their personal, educational and professional development goals.

  • An educational experience focused on manufacturing and problem solving 
  • Access to industry professionals through SME Connect
  • Networking support and skill-building opportunities, from local to national levels 
  • Information about technology, materials, industries and career pathways
  • Education guidance and resources
  • The chance to build long-lasting relationships
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
Once a mentor/mentee is approved to participate in the program, he/she will be added to the private Mentor Community. Mentees will then have the ability to search the mentor directory and reach out to their potential mentor with a connection request. They can then begin their interaction on SME Connect or via email if they so choose.

Login or Join SME

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.


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).