Professional Mentor Role

What is in it for the Mentor?

  • Enhance your leadership, communication and management skills- lead by example

  • Gain by giving: expand your network

  • Give back: share skills, knowledge and contribute to the development of education, personal and professional goals

  • Personal and business benefits: build long lasting relationships

  • Get exposure: diverse perspectives and experiences

  • Increase recognition and respect

  • Improve job satisfaction and strengthen integrity

Are You interested in becoming a Mentor?  Brochure

Mentor Role

A - Advise. Advise and provide direction and leadership in a proactive and positive way

 I - Inspire. Inspire and encourage the mentee to accomplish their objectives 

M - Manage. Manage the relationship and encourage the mentee to reach their goals 

As a Mentor I

  • Am a current SME Member - Join

  • Am currently employed, retired, teaching or have knowledge of the manufacturing industry

  • Will complete my mentor profile in SME Connect

    And I Promise To...

  • Attend an SME Mentor Program orientation webinar

  • Connect with the mentee monthly virtually or face to face 

  • Schedule regular meetings for up to a six month period (to be mutually agreed upon with the mentee)

  • Inspire, advise, monitor, and report the relationship progress

  • Build a patient and trusting relationship (e.g., share your background and experiences with the mentee)

  • Be sensitive to life situations (i.e. class, health issues, family, culture)

  • Respect the mentee’s time (i.e keep appointments, be on time and alert the mentee ahead of time if you'll be absent) 

  • Actively participate in the relationship 

  • Complete a survey to rate your experience and the program overall and provide a program testimonial


1. How much of my time will this really take?

Be a mentor in this program will require a minimum of two hours a month.

2. How do I know if I’m qualified to be a mentor?

There are no qualifications other then the ability time and knowledge of manufacturing education, and careers.  If you are willing to share your expertise and experience and have a passion for paying this information forward, we welcome you to the program. 

3. What is the commitment of the mentor? 

The commitment timeframe is 5 to 6 months, with a minimum of one meeting per month for at least an hour each.

4. Is there travel expected?

There is no travel as this is a virtual only program. In the SME Professional Mentor program, there are no barriers to meeting face to face. It is up to the mentor/mentee if you would like to explore other options to meet. 

5. Is there specific knowledge and/or education criteria to be a mentor? 

There are no criteria for education or knowledge.  You must have manufacturing education and/or experience and a passion for teaching/mentoring on Topics as outlined in the program

 6. What are the electronic connection requirements? 

The electronic requirements are virtual means.  It is highly recommended to connect via Skype, VIber, or Facetime, at least three times during the 6 month timeframe.  Face to face time is always best.  Email and/or text are also ok. 

7. Are there public presentations, or private one on one?

The relationship is based on a one on one contact with goals and objectives from the mentee.  The expectation is that the mentor will help the mentee achieve thier goals and objectives by developing monthly agendas during the first meeting.

8. Are there performance audits or a governing body?

SME will send out periodic check in emails.  This gives both the mentor and mentee the opportunity to measure the performance and that of the mentor/mentee.  In additions, there is a survey sent to all participants in March and September.  The governing body for the program is a Member Council Task Group. 

9. Are there participation expectations (minimum requirements)?  

Yes, meet at least one time a month virtually with at least three of these meeting settings being Facetime,Skype, or Viber and the meeting duration at least one hour.   The mentor sets up the first meeting once the mentee connects with them via SME Connect. The first meeting is to get an understanding of the mentee's goals and objectives.  During this meeting you will set future meeting dates and agenda topics.  Subsequent meetings should be led by the mentee. 

10. Are there language requirements?  

The program is only being offered in the United States and English is the generally accepted language.  If the mentee has specific requirements please contact SME so we can try to make the best match.

11. What about time zones?  

Time zones and meeting times should be discussed in the intial meeting.  This is a nation-wide program so time zones will vary. 

12. What is the duration of mentorship?

The duration for the Professional Mentor program is twice a year.  It runs from September when the mentees will begin to match to a mentor with the first meetings taking place in October or November and runs through February. The program will run again from March to August.

You can participate all year, you would simply have to revise/edit your mentor/mentee profile timeframes. In March and September a survey will be sent to all participants.