Tooling U-SME is the industry leader in manufacturing training. For more than 80 years, we have worked with manufacturers to build training programs and support workforce learning initiatives.
We offer an incredibly diverse suite of training resources that includes professional consultative services, online training content, instructor-led training, book and video content and industry-backed certifications.
We believe that training and professional development is the key for the future success of manufacturing. We believe that forward-thinking technical schools and community colleges are our critical partners in this effort. Manufacturers are the keepers of vital knowledge and technologies, but this knowledge will be lost through transition and a retiring workforce unless the knowledge and skills are passed on. We have developed an extensive and diverse catalog of manufacturing-specific content and innovative learning tools to help manufacturers bolster their expertise and leverage their people to successfully compete in today's economy.
Tooling U, the original online training component of Tooling U-SME, started as a division of Jergens, Inc., which is a privately held workholding and tooling component manufacturer founded in 1942 and located in Cleveland, Ohio. Tooling U launched its initial 30 classes and proprietary LMS in the fall of 2001, focusing on training topics such as metal cutting, CNC, shop math, print reading, and workholding components.
In February 2002, Tooling U-SME was formed as an LLC and brought on key investors within the industry. These investors included Glengary Ventures, a venture capital enterprise also based in Cleveland, OH; Gardner Publications, Inc., a Cincinnati-based publisher of industrial trade media; and most importantly, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
In the fall of 2010, SME acquired Tooling U, forming the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of manufacturing-specific, professional development training products and services. In the following spring, Tooling U-SME moved into its new Cleveland office at 3615 Superior Ave.
Since 2002, each year has demonstrated Tooling U-SME's evolution and increasing ability to provide manufacturers and educators with training that helps them develop their people.
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