SME's Largest Member Chapter - founded in 1936, celebrating 81 yrs.
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS & COLLEGES
SME endorses and supports local High Schools and Colleges under these guidelines:
Where they have implemented Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and STEM curriculum in the classrooms and where they have programs/classes that design using CIM/MasterCam/AutoCad and manufacture the design in a lab/shop environment.
SME supports local clubs/student chapters that endorse SME's principles and cooperate in meeting the student chapter requirements. Based upon ten students minimum, they can maintain their student chapter status and this is transferable to College and to Senior Chapters (local Chapter 5).
What does that mean?
SME will work with schools to implement industrial and manufacturing programs to insure success by providing consulting, speakers, corporate and equipment connections, as well as providing a SME Outreach Contact for you to interface with locally. The ideal situation would be to identify Alumni that you can reconnect with that is a current SME Member as a contact or a SME Member that currently has children in your school.
What can SME do for Schools?
1. Providing specific Technical Support for Projects to assists students. 2. Provide Technical Mentorship along with faculty members. 3. Provide Internships for Students at local companies. 4. Provide financial support for technical projects and student chapter support. 5. Provide Technical Products for projects. 6. Provide Trade Show Support and Guides to answer questions. 7. Speak to students about specific subjects and industries. 8. Whatever else you can think of that supports students and is related to Manufacturing.
How does this work?
A faculty member that has passion for the manufacturing and industrial environment would be assigned as the lead. This person could also be the PLTW or other role as well. They would be responsible for driving interest in the program and a contact for SME. The faculty Lead would get the permission of the school to have a SME Student Group (it could be a spin-off of a group you already have, like Math & Science but more specific to Manufacturing. The faculty would follow the guide and lead the students (not do) the necessary forms as outlined in the attached student guide. The interested students would elect a Board to drive the student chapter and where that goes from there would be decided by the students and the faculty lead in conjunction with the Outreach Director and with the SME Senior Chapter 5 Board’s support.
What’s in it for the students?
The students will get a deeper understanding of a career path, internship opportunities through SME connections, and the ability to reach out for subject matter, term paper support to industry experts, and connections to colleges where SME Chapters exist, allowing them to transfer their membership to the college of their choice and stay involved with SME throughout their student and professional life.
What’s in it for the faculty/schools?
The faculty and schools will see added support for their industrial and manufacturing programs, corporate sponsorship, business engagement, funded projects and equipment, and real connections to industry experts for speakers and hands-on expertise volunteered by SME Members and the SME Chapter 5 Board.
How do we sign-up?
Contact SME Chapter 5 and express your interest and/or desire to discuss this some more at the numbers listed below. We will walk you through the process and assist you in completing the necessary paperwork. Contact our Outreach Director Salvatore Palazzolo at firstname.lastname@example.org .
SME Chapter 5 in Chicagoland is interested in working with local High Schools and Colleges to support youth in realizing that Manufacturing in America is a vibrant and challenging opportunity for young people that like to be challenged and work hard. Manufacturing Engineering is and will be some of the most sought after positions in America and elsewhere in the future as the baby boomers continue to retire.
SME is committed to support youth in their developed through various methods:
1. Providing specific Technical Support for Projects to assists students 2. Provide Technical Mentorship along with faculty members 3. Provide Internships for Students at local companies 4. Provide financial support for technical projects 5. Provide Technical Products for projects. 6. Provide Trade Show Support 7. Speak to students about specific subjects and industries 8. Whatever else you can think of that supports students.