Apr 24, 2006

Let's finish up the SME identity statement

Through recognition activities and industry alliances, we promote an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and advocate for improvements and investments in education. Huh? Recognition activities are awards. I don’t exactly know what industry alliances are. We want to promote awareness of manufacturing engineering, but this claim may be more wishful thinking than fact. SME does much more than advocate for improvements and investments in education. Its education foundation funds college and university manufacturing labs, curriculum development and other improvements that do a better job of turning students into engineers.

SME honors leaders in academia and industry with awards such as the SME Gold Medal and the Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year at its annual meeting.

The SME Education Foundation funds college and university manufacturing labs, curriculum development and other improvements that increase their ability to turn students into engineers.

Certification
Professional certifications have in the last few years been given new emphasis. Even after 18 years at SME I didn’t really understand their value until I helped the staff at the time to reorganize their web site. The exam-based credentials receive painstaking attention to validity and relevance. There are four manufacturing certifications – technologist, engineer, manager and enterprise integrator. Now the lean manufacturing certifications are joining the list (see www.sme.org/leancert).

Through association with SME, industry and academic leaders have established certifications to hold manufacturing professionals to the highest standards of expertise.

Leadership
Seems like an organization like SME gives people the chance to develop and show their leadership abilities. Furthermore, they are in a position to find mentors to help them advance in their careers, and as they do so, mentor others in turn. So someday, add that in.

Where we started…
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is dedicated to bringing people and information together to advance manufacturing knowledge. We are internationally recognized by manufacturing practitioners, companies and other organizations as their source for information, education and networking. Through our member services, publications, events, professional development resources and chapter and technical community networking activities, our Society keeps professionals up to date on trends and technologies. Through recognition activities and industry alliances, we promote an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and advocate for improvements and investments in education. [85 words]

What we have so far…
Manufacturing professionals come together to share knowledge and pool information through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, advancing the practice of manufacturing. Manufacturing practitioners, managers and executives find education and networking opportunities at seminars, regional and international conferences, trade shows, and local chapter meetings. Members turn to SME’s industry-leading magazine, videos, and books for up-to-date information about manufacturing equipment and practices. Through association with SME, industry and academic leaders have established certifications to hold manufacturing professionals to the highest standards of expertise. [81 words]

Tighten it up…
Manufacturing practitioners, managers and executives come together to share knowledge through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. They find education and networking opportunities at seminars, regional and international conferences, trade shows, and local chapter meetings. Members turn to SME’s industry-leading magazine, videos, and books for up-to-date information about manufacturing equipment and practices. Through association with SME, industry and academic leaders have established certifications to hold manufacturing professionals to the highest standards of expertise. [72 words]

What do you think? Is it interesting to you as a potential member?

2 comments:

Larry said...

Hey, that turned out pretty excellently!

I especially like that "I" am informed in the first 5 words whether "I" would "fit" in this organization or not!

(By the way Karen, our next musical night is the third Friday of May!)

cheers, Larry

Karen Wilhelm said...

Everyone fits in SME. Our name implies some limits, but if you have an interest in manufacturing, you should join. Should we change our name? Every organization that goes that route loses focus and identity.

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