SME Names Bob Willig as New CEO

On Jan. 1, 2021, Robert "Bob" Willig will assume responsibilities as SME’s next executive director and CEO. We are excited to introduce you to the person who will lead SME in supporting and advancing manufacturing in the years to come. Learn more about Bob's experience, background, and vision for SME and for manufacturing—and find out about his passions for space exploration and restoring old vehicles. Read more here

Join Today's XR Tech Webinar With BMW & Sify Technologies

​​​​​​You are invited to join us TODAY at 2:00 p.m. eastern time for a complimentary webinar: Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality in Manufacturing Training Solutions. Guest speakers from BMW Manufacturing Co. and Sify Technologies North America Corp. will discuss their journey with XR. They will share market trends and best practices and how and why XR is being used in manufacturing training solutions, including how BMW is leveraging XR in its operations. Plus, you will learn about Tooling U-SME’s XR product roadmap from Chad Schron, Tooling U-SME Senior Director and Co-Founder.  Register now

New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative at SMEEF

The SME Education Foundation (SMEEF) recently announced a renewed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through a new scholarship fund and enhanced focus on offering opportunities to underrepresented and disadvantaged communities throughout the SME PRIME network. The new Irving P. McPhail Scholarship Fund, named for the late president of the 2020 SME Education Foundation, was established to award scholarships in STEM and manufacturing education to minority and female students, with a goal of increasing awards in those groups over the next five years. Learn more here

Award Winner: Excellence in Manufacturing Training   

Milbank Manufacturing, a family-owned manufacturer of electrical distribution products for over 90 years, is the recipient of SME’s inaugural Excellence in Manufacturing Training Award. The award honors a manufacturer that demonstrates an exceptional commitment and dedication to upskilling the workforce, enhancing talent, and preparing new and incumbent employees for a successful career in the manufacturing industry.

Following a customized Training Within Industry (TWI) model, Milbank uses hands-on training programs at its three manufacturing locations to foster employee growth and empower workers, ensure the production of high-quality products, and improve efficiency. In addition to the TWI program, Milbank improved its compliance training program and supplemental training opportunities for all employees. This key initiative was so successful that Milbank created a Learning and Development Department with full-time positions dedicated to employee development. Read more here.

View Our New Virtual Catalog

Every month, we publish several new classes plus frequent updates to existing titles to assure that our users have access to the best manufacturing learning available. With over 500 classes in more than three dozen departments, that’s a lot of training to consider. Because our catalog is visited by thousands of users a day, we provide multiple viewing options to make it easier to access and sort our titles, including via online search, Excel file export, and PDF download. Recently, we added a brand-new virtual catalog that provides a more interactive experience, with direct access to in-depth online content. View the virtual catalog here.
Millennials and Gen Z

New Millennial/Gen Z White Paper

Tooling U-SME has released a new white paper titled Solving the Talent Challenge: Millennials and Gen Z in the Workforce from a Manufacturer's Perspective. While some manufacturers are still trying to get the hang of working with millennials, the next generation of workers, Gen Z, is already entering the workforce, bringing even more technical savvy and a whole new worldview to the workplace. This report explores the shifing role of millennials and looks at Gen Z as they take their place in the workforce. Gain insights into how to attract, retain, and train these young professionals. Download your copy here.


How Pittsburgh Is Developing Manufacturing's Next Generation 

As with most areas of the country, the Pittsburgh region has been challenged to obtain and retain new hires and upskill manufacturing workers. The memory of lost jobs and economic hardship due to the steel industry collapse adds a complicating layer, leaving some potential workers concerned about entering a career in manufacturing.

To combat this, government agencies, educational institutions, manufacturers, parents and students, economic and workforce development agencies, and foundations in and around Pittsburgh have leveraged their collective talents and resources to create a life cycle of programs that accelerate the development of the critical manufacturing workforce. This alliance serves as a model of what a Community of Manufacturing can look like when leaders prioritize common goals and work together to achieve them. Read more in our new report, Spirit of Collaboration: How Pittsburgh Develops Manufacturing’s Next Generation
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