SWE has members in every state as well as in more than 20 foreign countries and U.S. military locations overseas. U.S. citizenship is not required. Membership was opened to men in 1976 (previously there was a men’s auxiliary, known as MASWE). Membership grades and qualifications are the same for men as they are for women.

Membership Grades

The Society of Women Engineers membership grades are: Student Member, Affiliate, Associate, Member, Senior Member, Fellow, and Honorary. Applicants are assigned to the highest membership grade for which they are eligible.


After submitting an application, an individual is automatically assigned to the Section in the closest geographical area or, if the area isn’t part of a Section, to the Members-at-Large. Some Sections, particularly SWE’s older Sections, cover vast areas. Many times two or more separate metropolitan areas are part of the same Section, but meetings and activities may be concentrated in only one. Members in an outlying metropolitan area may seek to form a separate Section with a more localized focus.


Who can join SWE?

While most SWE members are women engineers or women engineering student, anyone who supports the organization’s objectives may apply for membership. Any person who is or has been actively engaged in engineering work can become a member of SWE if he/she:

  • holds a degree in engineering or;
  • holds a degree in a science related to engineering or has at least two years engineering experience or;
  • has at least five years engineering experience.

Note: student and associate memberships also available.


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Phoenix Section Membership Requirements

The Society of Women Engineers Phoenix Section does not have local dues. We ask our members to become National SWE members.



Benefits of Joining SWE

Build skills useful in your career:

There are opportunities to plan meetings, organize career guidance events, hone your public speaking skills, and even plan a National Conference. If you present a paper at the National Conference, you will gain visibility for yourself and your company. Being active in a professional organization can show your manager that you have the initiative to take on more responsibility.

Experience of other members:

Meeting women from other companies and reading about the careers of successful members in the SWE magazine can provide role-models and possibly mentors. In your Section, you can receive advice on issues like getting promoted, sexual harassment, and balancing work and family.


SWE offers opportunities to make contacts at large and small companies. Members often contact other members at potential employers before interviewing to get inside information about the company. When you consider all the mergers, spin-offs, and divestitures that occur, a network is a necessity.

Effect on your career:

SWE can be of benefit when you need to make a career change. In addition to your local Section, there are nationwide resources to help you with your job search. Send in your information to the SWE Resume Database, or use the job-hunting service on the national SWE website. The annual Career Fair, held during the National Conference is another great place to find a job.


It’s fun to get together with SWE friends. Some meetings are technical and some are planned simply for socializing. Some Sections have judged Mr. Engineering Pageants and even brewed beer.


You can add to your business knowledge with seminars like “Conflict Management” and “Professional Presence”. Members can supply details about graduate schools, companies, and career changes, too. SWE is a resource on many issues for women in engineering. Check out the information available on this and the national website!

Time for yourself:

Don’t you deserve a night out every once in awhile? At local meetings, you can converse with a peer group that is hard to find at work or in your neighborhood.


As women engineers and scientists, we can sometimes feel isolated in the workplace. SWE gives you a feeling of belonging, with members to reassure you that you can succeed.