Engage in Mentoring


Over the next 10 years, it is predicted that 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will become available. But, without the right “skilled” workers for those jobs, estimates show that 2 million of those jobs could go unfilled.

Through our Mentor Program, SME is helping address the impending skills gap by connecting students and emerging professionals with seasoned professionals, giving our members a way to share their insights and offer practical career advice. By acting as professional role models, mentors can give back and make a significant contribution to the industry, while mentees get the help they need to achieve their personal, educational and professional developmental goals for careers in manufacturing.

To serve as a mentor, you must be:

  • An SME member in good standing from the U.S. or Canada.*
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Able to clear a background check.

*International mentors will be added in the future.

To be mentored, you must be:

  • An SME member in good standing.
  • 13 years of age or older.
  • Able to provide a parent or guardian’s signature (if under 18 years of age).


  •   Enroll as a Mentor
  •   Enroll as a Mentee

Make selections for each of the program demographics to set your preferences. Demographics include: Topics, venue, specialties, career stage and start/end date. Please note that some fields are required for enrollment. The more information you provide, the easier it will be to make the best match. To request a mentor or mentee, you must be enrolled in the program. 

If you've completed Steps 1-3, you're all set. We will contact you with your mentor/mentee matches. Congratulations!
Please call Dina Fattom, SME member relations manager, at 313.425.3144 or dfattom@sme.org.