We're Big Fans of The Maker's Manual from PSFK
IYRS students fit nicely into many of the categories in the “Maker Manual” from PSFK. Do-It-Yourselfers, Self-Learners, Pro-Makers, Entrepreneurs and Educators are how they describer the many types of makers.
Here’s 5 Ways You Know You’re a Maker:
1. You know what the “skills gap” is and you believe you are the perfect person to help fill it.
2. You have always felt you learn better visually and hands-on as opposed to verbally.
3. You’ve spent countless hours watching Youtube do-it-yourself videos.
4. You’ve fixed something for your friend - their car, their bike, their skateboard…
5. You believe you can Make Anything Possible, even if you have to fail a few times.
Beth's Marine Systems Toolbag
The following was a post by IYRS alumni Beth Burlingame which appeared previously on the IYRS blog. Beth was a student in the IYRS Marine Systems program.
A: Multimeter. This is a very cheap one from Harbor Freight. So far it has done everything I needed it to do. I haven’t bought an amp-clamp meter yet; the shop has one and I haven’t used it yet.
B: A piece of cord I have used to fish wires through tight spots and to get a rough measurement before cutting wire.
C: Ratcheting crimpers. This pair does a single crimp and is perfect for heat-shrink terminals. I like the ratcheting ones because they won’t release until you have applied sufficient pressure to make a good crimp.
D: Ratcheting crimpers. This pair does a double crimp and is good for terminals without built-in heatshrink. I think it was $60 on Amazon. Both pairs do crimps up to 10 gauge marine wire.
E: Wire strippers: this tool is fast and easy to use, costs around $30 and worth it.
F: Diagonal cutters (diagonal pliers): From Harbor Freight, they will cut wire up to 8 gauge easily.
G: Electrical tape. We don’t use it much for installations, but tape always comes in handy.
H: A smaller pair of diagonal pliers I have had for years.
I: A Sharpie…there should be a pencil, too, but it must have fallen out.
J: A multitool for multi uses.
K, L: Flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers for attaching wire terminals to busbars and terminal blocks.
M: a free (w/coupon) LED flashlight from Harbor Freight.
N: a small metal ruler
O: an adjustable (Crescent) wrench. My instructor frowns on them, but, like everyone else, will use one in a pinch.
P: a 5/16 combination wrench, useful for some hex nut connectors.
Q: a terminal block, used to connect pairs of wire (this one will connect 5 separate pairs; each pair is isolated from the others)
R: Phillips head driver bits, for my Makita drill
S: a busbar, used to connect many wires together (for instance, we lead all the grounding connectors back to a busbar near the panel and then from the busbar, lead one big wire back to the house battery)
T: heat-shrink tubing, used on terminals that don’t have integral heat-shrink
U: vise grips. These are not-very-good ones I got at a big-box store.
V: this tool cuts wire and has little prongs on the ends so you can cut cable ties that are holding a bundle of wire without nicking the wire. Very useful tool.
W: this one tightens a cable tie and then snips off the end. Also very useful.
X: needle-nosed pliers for those times when your fingers are too big.
Y: AC power sensor. This is a household tool you use to check that a circuit is not live. Works very well for AC circuit testing on boats, too.
Z: Nut drivers. I have a complete set of these and just included two for the picture.
IYRS’ Marine Systems program enrolls in March and September.
4-Year College Degrees: Are There Alternative Paths to a Successful Careers?
Download the Free Ebook: Alternative Paths to a Successful Career
The push begins not long after students leave middle school. Sometime in early September, parents and their children are invited to a meeting for new freshmen at the high school. It doesn’t take long for the discussion to come around to what the wide-eyed fourteen year olds need to start doing now to prepare for admission to a four-year college. And so it begins…
While a four-year college degree still has value, it is not the only road to a lucrative and rewarding occupation. The bottom line is that there are viable, alternative paths available out there for students that can result in successful, long-term careers.
Learn about the growing skills-gap, and how alternative educational paths to a successful career fill that skills gap and set students up for prosperous careers by building career skills and focusing on industries with needs for highly skilled workers. These alternative education paths may include:
- Trade Schools
- Technical Schools
- Hands-On Certificate Programs
- Two-Year Colleges