Professional organizations and associations provide a wide range of
resources for planning and navigating a career in manufacturing engineering.
These groups can play a key role in your development and
keep you abreast of what is happening in your industry. Associations
promote the interests of their members and provide a network of contacts
that can help you find jobs and move your career forward. They can offer a
variety of services including job referral services, continuing education
courses, insurance, travel benefits, periodicals, and meeting and
conference opportunities. A broader
list of professional associations is also available by
of Manufacturing Engineers
The Society of
Manufacturing Engineers is dedicated to bringing people and
information together to advance manufacturing knowledge. The group
is internationally recognized by manufacturing practitioners,
companies and other organizations as a source for information,
education and networking. Through its member services, publications,
events, professional development resources, and chapter and
technical community networking activities, SME keeps manufacturing
engineers up to date on trends and technologies. SME also hosts a
summer camp for high school girls.
of Automotive Engineers
The Society of
Automotive Engineers has more than 84,000 members - engineers,
business executives, educators, and students from more than 97
countries - who share information and exchange ideas for advancing
the engineering of mobility systems.
for Manufacturing Excellence
The Association for
Manufacturing Excellence is a not-for-profit organization dedicated
to cultivating understanding, analysis and exchange of productivity
methods and their successful application.
Association of Manufacturers
The NAM is the U.S.'s
largest industrial trade association, representing small and large
manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.