Professional Organizations
Engineering and Manufacturing Personnel

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1. JIM     Japan Institute of Metals
This web site is in Japanese now (March 1996); the English version is coming soon.

2. MCAA   Mechanical Contractors Association of America
The more than 1,800 contractors that proudly call themselves members of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America are dedicated to excellence and committed to quality. MCAA members deliver construction that moves quickly and efficiently. Their jobs are problem free and safe.
Through access to MCAA's extensive array of education and training programs, MCAA contractors acquire continuing education in the best business practices and the latest technological developments. They employ the best trained mechanics in the world -- members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

3. MCAC    Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada
To coordinate and develop policies and programs which are national in nature, of common interest to the members in all of the Provincial Affiliate Associations, and which will enhance the productivity and profitability of mechanical contractors.

4. MEAC   Mechanical/Electrical Academic Consortium
The Mission of MEAC
"Develop an alliance of academic institutions, associations, contractors, foundations, and manufacturers to create a high quality pool of university-educated managers to enter the mechanical/electrical construction industry by fostering and improving university-level mechanical/electrical programs."

5. MRS     Materials Research Society
The Materials Research Society is dedicated to goal-oriented basic and applied research on materials of technological importance. MRS emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to materials science and engineering, inspiring cooperation among scientists from industry, academia, and government.

6. NACD    National Association of Chemical Distributors
The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), established in 1971, is a U.S.-based national association, with international members. Membership in the NACD is open to distributors of chemicals who, as a significant part of their business, take title to goods and resell said goods.  Distributor applicants should share the functional interests of NACD members and must accept and commit to compliance with the NACD , its Guiding Principles, and its periodic requirements as a condition of continued membership in NACD. NACD members market these chemical products exclusively for a domestic industrial customer base of approximately 750,000.

7. NACE     National Association of Corrosion Engineers International
Since 1943, NACE International provides industry and government with publications, training and certification programs, conferences, and standards and reports relating to the prevention and control of materials corrosion. More than 15,000 NACE members worldwide benefit from networking opportunities and access to technical information that can lead to career advancement for individuals, better performance for companies, and enhanced environmental protection and safety for everyone. 

8. NAFFC    The National Alliance for Fair Competition
The present members of NAFC include: The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Wholesalers Association (ARW) the American Supply Association (ASA), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the National Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors (NAPHCC), the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA). Over 35,000 small businesses are represented by NAFC.

9. NAM     National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers was founded in 1895 to advance a pro-growth, pro-manufacturing policy agenda. More than a century later, the NAM continues to be the leading voice for manufacturers in the United States.

10. NASPD    National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors
NASPD is a national trade association representing the steel pipe and tubular products distribution industry and its related businesses. Member companies enjoy a variety of benefits, including several publications and periodicals, training seminars, regular regional conferences and an annual convention with educational programs and enlightening speakers, as well as numerous opportunities for members to interact and network with one another.

11. NCEMT    National Center for Excellence in Metalworking Technology NCEMT is a national resource for the improvement of the technical and competitive posture of the United States of America's civil-military industrial base through effective transition of leading edge technologies for the application of conventional and advanced materials in Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial engineering systems. NCEMT activities are focused on casting technology, forming technology, joining technology, powder metallurgy & ceramic materials, and surface treatment. The NCEMT, located in Johnstown, PA, is operated by Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) for the U.S. Navy's Manufacturing Science & Technology (MS&T) Program.

12. NPCA      National Paint and Coatings Association
National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA) is the preeminent organization representing the paint and coatings industry in the United States. A voluntary, nonprofit trade association, NPCA represents some 400 paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, and distributors.

13. NSPE      National Society of Professional Engineers
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the only engineering society that represents individual engineering professionals and licensed engineers (PEs) across all disciplines. Founded in 1934, NSPE strengthens the engineering profession by promoting engineering licensure and ethics, enhancing the engineer image, advocating and protecting PEs' legal rights at the national and state levels, publishing news of the profession, providing continuing education opportunities, and much more. NSPE serves some 60,000 members and the public through 54 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.

14. PEI     Petroleum Equipment Institute
The objectives and purposes of the PEI are to:
Improve acquaintanceship and understanding among all persons engaged in the manufacture, sale, distribution, installation, and service of oil equipment.
Provide members with services designed to improve their management ability and efficiency, and to further the profitable operation of their businesses.
Bring to the attention of oil equipment users the advantage of dealing with firms which provide local warehouse stocks of oil equipment and which also provide related services generally associated with a distributor type of operation.
Hold conventions, trade shows, management institutes, and other conferences calculated to improve knowledge of oil equipment technology and management.
Collect and publish statistics, technical data, industry news, and similar information of interest to the oil equipment industry, as well as to users of oil equipment.
Cooperate with other industries and organizations in matters of either direct or indirect concern to the members of the Institute.
Promote the interest of Members in all lawful, reasonable, and proper ways, commensurate with the best interest of the public.

15. RSC    Royal Society of Chemistry
As a learned society, the Society provides a forum of chemists and chemistry for the exchange of ideas and results and to provide a network to encourage collaboration on new ventures. The Society recognises achievement through awards and endowed lectureships and assists young chemists by bursaries for various purposes.

16. SAE     Society of Automotive Engineers
The Society of Automotive Engineers is made up of more than 75,000 engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries form our network of members who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. More than 16,000 volunteer leaders serve on our Board of Directors and our many other boards, councils and committees. Our technical committees write more new aerospace and automotive engineering standards than any other standards-writing organization in the world. We publish thousands of technical papers and books each year, and leading-edge periodicals and Internet and CD-ROM products too. Our Cooperative Research Program helps facilitate projects that benefit the mobility industry as a whole.

17. SDA     The Soap and Detergent Association
Established in 1926, the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) is the national, non-profit trade association representing approximately 135 manufacturers of household, industrial and institutional cleaning products; the ingredients used in cleaning products; and finished packaging. SDA members produce more than 90% of the cleaning products marketed in the United States. Membership is open to U.S., Canadian and Mexican companies.

18. SMA   Steel Manufacturers Association Steelnet
The company members of the Steel Manufacturers Association ("SMA") accounted for almost 40% of US steel shipments in 1994. Electric furnaces consumed more than 41 million tons of scrap metal in 1994, recycling the scrap from nine million junked cars each year and additional massive tonnages of tin cans, old appliances and other discards. Our member company steel producers are the largest recyclers in the country. The SMA supports fair, open trade, a clean environment and progressive workforce policies. SMA companies provide jobs for 63,000 well-trained, well-compensated, highly productive and internationally competitive industrial workers.

19. SOCMA    Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association
The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) represents the interests of over 300 member companies, encompassing every segment of the industry—from small specialty producers to large multinational corporations. SOCMA influences proposed and pending regulations on Capitol Hill and inside regulatory agencies by advocating sound science as the basis for regulation. SOCMA also offers programs and services that create new profit opportunities for our members.

20. SPE      Society of Petroleum Engineers
The Society of Petroleum Engineers is the largest individual-membership organization serving professional engineers, scientists, and managers in the exploration and production (E&P) segments of the worldwide oil and gas industry. More than 50,000 professionals from oil- and gas-producing regions around the world are members of SPE.

21. SSP     Scholarly Societies Project
The Scholarly Societies Project has been created to facilitate access to information about scholarly societies across the world.

22. SPI     Society of the Plastics Industry
The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. is a trade association of more than 2,000 members representing all segments of the plastics industry in the United States. SPI membership is composed of plastics processors, raw material suppliers, machinery manufacturers, mold makers and other industry-related groups and individuals. Founded in 1937, SPI serves as the "voice" of the plastics industry.

23. SSPC     Steel Structures Painting Council
SSPC was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society concerned with the use of coatings to protect industrial steel structures. Now known as The Society for Protective Coatings its goals today are to advance the technology and promote the use of protective coatings to preserve industrial, marine and commercial structures, components and substrates.

24. STI    Steel Tank Institute
Over 90 manufacturers of atmospheric steel storage tanks are members of Steel Tank Institute, a trade association formed in 1916. Throughout its existence, the focus of the organization has been to help manufacturers promote the safety and strength of steel as the best choice for petroleum and hazardous materials storage.

25. SVC      Society of Vacuum Coaters
The Society of Vacuum Coaters, is dedicated to the development of equipment and processes for high-volume production of coatings using vacuum-based processes. Its unique industrial focus targets the processing engineer and technician, end-user, equipment manufacturer, and the materials supplier. SVC seeks to disseminate knowledge, experience, and techniques to the vacuum coating industry through a variety of forums.

26. TAPPI     Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry
With over 32,000 members worldwide, TAPPI is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to the Paper and Pulp Industries.

27. TMS      The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
Although the activities of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) are varied, ranging from the publication of technical articles and the sponsorship of international conferences to the administration of university accreditation programs and the facilitation of career development, one principal vision guides all of what the Society is and does: In every sense, TMS must be operated by and for members of the materials science and engineering field.

28. TWI        The Welding Institute  
TWI provides services to industry and individuals worldwide. It encompasses a professional engineering institution, an international training and certification activity, and a large consultancy R&D establishment dedicated to transferring technology to industry.

29. WEWP    Welding Engineer's Weld Pool
A great place for information on welding, with over 200 pertinent links to web, gopher, ftp, and newsgroup sites to access information from. Topics covered include Education, Processes and Methods, Research and Development, Fabrication and Repair, Trade Groups, and Standards.