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Welcome to SME's Los Angeles County Chapter 153. Proudly Serving All Los Angeles and 4 Counties North of L A, We Are a Platinum Chapter!  Future home of the California Science Center - Samuel Oschin Air and Space Pavilion, under construction and scheduled to open in June 2025!

Developing America’s future workforce of manufacturing and engineering technologists by engaging them in critical reasoning and problem-solving skills through partnering industry with education. 

The establishment of the "Educational and Professional Succession" senior SME chapter is to shepherd the associated student chapters and affiliates, providing a conduit of connectivity ensuring the success of the participants. The SME student chapters collaborate and support each other with mentorship from the professional/senior chapter as the students ascend through education and into the workplace. This two-way collaboration fuels the educational and professional succession as we develop our manufacturing and engineering workforce.

Advance manufacturing and attract future generations of chapter and society members

Prime School Chapter Sponsor
Hawthorne High School. 
Students in the SME PRIME network receive hands-on training on modern equipment, and learn about technology and processes through tailored curriculum that is informed by local manufacturing companies in their communities. 

Chapter Membership Benefits
  • Membership in Chapter 153 facilitates a career pathway to professional success. We “serve” our country by collaborating with industry to create a workforce. We create career success stories to professional success. Karen makes sense out of building the education to profession succession. Ask her about our pre-apprentice engineering and manufacturing program called Aero-flex. Contact Karen @
  • Scholarships available through SME Education Foundation
  • Engage in student competitions: design, fabricate, build and compete
    • Contact Skills USA for details
  • Student chapters, both 2-year community and four-year institutions
  • Boeing Member Center - Boeing employees onlySME offers unique opportunities for members of companies that become Corporate Members. 
  • Build your technical/professional networks & communities
  • Please visit and join our Chapter Linkedin Website @  
  • Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP So Cal)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Los Angeles – Las Vegas Section
  • DaVinci Schools – Hawthorne and El Segundo
  • Lennox Academy Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy
  • South Bay Aerospace Alliance
New Addition February 2024 - SME Chapter 153 YouTube Channel
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New addition 12/2023: Interviewing Tips and Articles in Files Section
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Refer to the "files" section for past meeting minutes and to access "Leadership" topic files. 

Historical Chapter 153 "News Flashes" file folder added. Thank you Mr. Timko, previous Chapter Officer for these scans from the 1980s!
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LinkedIn Chapter 153 Page

Discord #chapter153 has been launched, includes student chapter channels.

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Ron Gill - HSME, CMfgE

Donald McKinzie

At Large
Mark Edmonds

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