Today’s marketplace requires a variety of skills and talents to build success. We’re changing the way the world thinks about, talks about, and perceives skilled trades, especially in machining and manufacturing.

Entrepreneur, engineer and SMI CEO Ed Brabandt is passionate about educating young people about the power and potential of the machining industry. “The art of machining requires thought, precision and focus,” he says. “Our industry has so much potential for growth and for passion – you may not know you’re meant to be a machining engineer, but it might be exactly where you belong.” 

Ed speaks widely to schools and organizations, where he shares his passion for machining and manufacturing, and tells his story of entrepreneurship, vision and growth. “Anywhere you go in the world, machinists have touched some aspect of everything that’s made. Everything,” he says.