As the Workforce Development Division of SME, our commitment to upskilling the manufacturing workforce is backed by a century of expertise and service to the industry and goes well beyond our training products.

By leveraging our industry knowledge and relationships with leading manufacturing, education, and workforce experts and organizations, we are able to develop a variety of resources covering industry challenges, best practices, and strategies for what's new and what's next.

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Apprenticeships Bridge Education & Industry

Throughout the U.S., manufacturers are struggling to find employees with the appropriate competencies to effectively fill skilled positions.

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Improve Retention with Apprenticeships

Founded in 1916, Dixon Valve & Coupling Co. LLC is a family-owned company that has grown to become a leading global innovator in the hose coupling industry.

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Is Manufacturing Ready for XR?

Consider how cell phones and the Internet redefined communication, education and entertainment, not to mention manufacturing.

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Training to Meet External Demands

Rosenboom of Sheldon, Iowa, built a thriving business delivering hydraulic cylinders engineered for specific applications and custom solutions.

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Goodwill's Vocational Training

Goodwill Industries International Inc. is known for its retail thrift stores, which raise billions of dollars by selling donated clothes and household items.

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Training Battery Assemblers

Pull up to Detroit Diesel Corp. (DDC), re-branded a decade ago simply as “Detroit” when its product line expanded beyond engines to include trans-missions and axles.

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The Need to Step Up Cybersecurity

As hackers become more sophisticated and dangerous, manufacturers need to step up their cybersecurity efforts.


Total Productive Maintenance: Driving to Zero Stoppages

Learn about Total Productive Maintenance and improving the integrity of production and quality of systems.

Blog Posts

Simple, Effective eLearning Manufacturing Onboarding Checklist

6 steps to a simple and effective onboarding program using online classes.

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Build a Pre-Apprenticeship Program

This small, Georgia-based custom precision machine shop provides parts to the aerospace industry per customer specifications.

Blog Posts

How to Accelerate New Manufacturing Job Skills

4 steps to successful manufacturing onboarding process.

Press Releases

Tooling U-SME Partners With CyManII to Launch a Cybersecurity Training Program

Tooling U-SME, the workforce training and development arm of SME, and CyManII, the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute, have partnered to deliver “CyManII Sealed”-- endorsed