People interested in a career in the $6.8 billion U.S. composites industry will have a chance to explore training and career options during a February open house at IYRS, a marine trades and technology school based in Bristol, Rhode Island.
The event which will be held on Tuesday, February 12 from 4 to 6:30 pm will give a chance to step inside the school’s composites workshop, meet IYRS staff and faculty, and learn more about the program and its career paths. The open house takes place at the school’s satellite campus at 253 Franklin Street, in Bristol, Rhode Island—an active hub of the composites industry.
The IYRS Composites Technology program trains students for careers in this growing industry. The six-month course teaches students the theory and hands-on practice of working with composite materials, a method of building that produces structures with a high strength-to-weight ratio. Composites represent the next generation of building materials in many industries—including aerospace, construction, boat building, automotive and wind energy. Graduates of the IYRS program have a wide choice of career paths.
Composites students are prepared to sit for certification exams administered by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) in four areas that cover different processes and wind blade repair. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.