Ways to Give

Marine & Composites Industry Career Day
March 22, 2014  |  Newport, RI

Free & Open to the Public!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
IYRS | Newport, RI
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Please join us for the 9th Annual Marine & Composites Industry Career Day on Saturday, March 22. This one-day event, which is hosted by IYRS and RIMTA, is FREE to the public and will draw marine and composites industry experts and employers who are all coming to IYRS with one goal in mind: to connect with individuals interested in the marine and composites industries. Career seekers will have an opportunity to meet with boat builders, boat yards, and marine manufacturers; learn about the skills needed to work in the boating business; gather information on how to gain in-demand skills; learn about career prospects in the industry; and attend informative seminars.


Event Schedule

  • 9AM: Exhibitor setup
  • 10-10:30AM:  Event open to IYRS students & alumni
  • 10:30AM-1PM: Event open to the public
  • 10:30AM: IYRS campus tour & admissions overview for prospective students
  • 11AM: Seminar: Navigating Your Job Search in Today's Economy
  • Neal Harrell of Brooks Marine Group, a leading recruiting firm specializing in the marine industry, will show career seekers how to navigate their job search in today’s economy. Harrell understands the job-search process from both the employer’s and employee’s viewpoint, and he will be coming to Career Day to dispense valuable advice. Today’s job search is a process that involves building the necessary tools—including a well-written resume, networking and interviewing techniques, and smart use of social media—identifying your market, and promoting yourself effectively to decision-makers. Harrell will also talk about trends in the marketplace and the hottest sectors for hiring. This is a valuable, information-packed session for individuals building careers in the marine and composites industries.  Neal Harrell, Brooks Marine Group (Newport, RI)

  • 12PM: Seminar: Diversification of the boatbuilding industry and the skills needed to succeed in a changing environment
  • Hodgdon Yachts was once focused solely on building traditional wooden boats and is now working on projects that include carbon fiber mega yachts and high performance boats for the military.  Find out how Hodgdon and other companies have made this transition and what skills they are looking for in their growing workforce. Neal Williamson, Hodgdon Yachts (Bangor, ME)

    Please Register Online so that we can send you important information prior to the event.

Sample of Job Opportunities

  • Experienced Marine Finish Carpenter/Joiner
  • Composite Technician
  • Yacht Rigger
  • Designer - Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Yacht Refinisher
  • Designer/Structural Engineer
  • Diesel Service Mechanic
  • Systems Technician
  • Electrical- Electronics Technician

    Attending Companies

    Click here for a complete list of exhibitors, company descriptions, and job opportunities.

    For Attendees

    The articles below are designed to help you make the most of your visit to Career Day. Before you arrive at the event, read these pieces to gain insight into the marine industry and to learn about some of the employers attending and the types of workers they are looking for.

    Career Day Interview: Neal Williamson, Hodgdon Yachts

    Career Day Interview: Neal Harrell, Brooks Marine Group

    A Tale of Three Yards: The skills they utilize and what traits they value in their employees


    To reserve exhibit space, please contact Holly Ashton, Industry Relations Coordinator at (401) 848-5777, x216.  There is limited space available. 


    For more information about this event please contact Holly Ashton, (401) 848-5777, x216 or Jen Cornwell of RIMTA (401) 241-1588.