The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announces that it has signed an agreement to establish a partnership with Engineering Management Certification International (EMCIT), a certification program that both facilitates and maintains competence in engineering management among qualified engineers, scientists, and technologists. This new collaboration continues the creation of unifying a standard for this in-demand certification.
Effective July 15 SME closed its Certified Engineering Manager certification and merged it with the EMCI program. All previously SME-certified CEMs will become certified through the Engineering Management Certification Fundamentals (EMCF) or Engineering Management Certification Professional (EMCP) designation.
The EMCI program will also align SME with other leading engineering and management associations, which include founding partners ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASEM (American Society of Engineering Management), AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), and AIME (The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers).
SME’s announcement comes after a thorough comparison of its own CEM program and the EMCI program. Strong synergies between the programs were identified, and SME determined that by merging its program with EMCI it could provide its members and customers with a more powerful, widely accepted credential that is highly endorsed by other engineering societies. SME Executive Director and General Manager Mark C. Tomlinson says that “SME frequently collaborates with other engineering societies to develop the most beneficial results for members and customers. In that spirit, we are pleased to announce this partnership.”
Tomlinson also reassured those currently holding the CEM credential “that the merger of the CEM and EMCI programs will provide a more perfect union of SME’s strengths with those of the founding organizations. Members will also find that the EMCI program offers a more robust curriculum and, therefore, a greater body of knowledge.”
SME is the world’s leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions, and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide. EMCI is an international certification program that both facilitates and maintains competence in engineering management among qualified engineers, scientists and technologists. EMCI develops and maintains a “Body of Knowledge” (EMC-BOKT) for certification in global standards and best practices for engineering managers. The EMC-BOK and the EMCFT and EMCPT exams are now the standard by which to evaluate engineers’ knowledge and skills in managing activities and allocation of resources in an engineering, science, and/or technologically driven business environment.