12 February 2013
12 February 2013
Individuals interested in pursuing a career track in the composites field 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, US.
The event—which will be held Tuesday, February 12 from 4 to 6:30 pm—will give career seekers a chance to step inside the school’s composites workshop, meet IYRS staff and faculty, and learn about the program and its career paths.
The IYRS Composites Technology Program trains students in 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. According to IYRS, composites represent the next generation of building materials in many industries—including aerospace, construction, boat building, automotive and wind energy—and 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 US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The Open House is also expected to give attendees a chance to learn about the school’s Marine Systems program, which teaches students to install, maintain, and troubleshoot the on-board systems used on modern and classic boats. The program prepares students to sit for relevant American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) certifications, a gold-medal standard in the industry.
Both the Marine Systems and Composites Technology programs are six-month programs that begin each year in March and September.
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