Manufacturing is our passion – and has been for more than eight decades. We know the importance of filling the workforce skills gap. We also know how fulfilling careers in manufacturing can be. That’s why we’re deeply involved with instructors and programs to help students discover and excel in manufacturing.

Platinum Education

The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center awards are presented to educational facilities that serve as models in the manufacturing industry when it comes to developing an outstanding learning culture. Schools are selected based on adoption of technology, dynamic advanced manufacturing programs, strong partnerships with industry in their area, and adoption of Tooling U-SME's online training program, plus strong utilization rates of online training in a blended learning format.

Read about the schools that received the most recent designation and past award winners here.

SME Education Foundation

We are committed to inspiring, preparing, and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. The Foundation was created by SME in 1979 and has provided more than $33 million in grants, scholarships, and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors.

Our PRIME® (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) program actively engages and builds a collaborative network between education and industry in a tailored approach to train the next generation workforce, while driving interest in and awareness of manufacturing.