Combined Program in Composites Technology & Marine Systems

IYRS has the top Marines Systems School In Rhode Island


Newsweek has named IYRS one of the Best Maker Schools in the world for 2021. Winners of this prestigious award are institutions of higher education that have curricula that encourages learning by doing; are supported by educators committed to collaborative problem-solving; have well-developed makerspaces, labs, and studios; and which support diverse, interactive communities that engage in knowledge and skill sharing. The award highlights institutions with innovative programs that demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement.

Combined Program in Composites Technology & Marine Systems | Accredited 11 month program | Enrolls in September & March

This combined program is ideal for students looking to acquire a broad range of hands-on skills you can apply to an in-demand career in the marine trades. The ACCSC-accredited Combined Program in Composites Technology & Marine Systems offers the opportunity for students to experience the full curriculae of our Composites Technology and Marine Systems programs back-to-back with a single externship at their conclusion. 


In Composites Technology, you'll learn about the properties of the raw materials and how to fabricate those materials through a number of process methods. IYRS students learn the shop-level chemistry of the polymer resins, and the all important “why” of how the materials work.

Next is the hands-on skill development starting with the basic open molding method. The program then progresses through more advanced methods, including mold making, vacuum bagging, vacuum infusion, and high-tech advanced composites. In addition to mastering these process skills, students learn to draw using CAD software and how to execute CNC machining for creation of tooling. This acquired skill-set and knowledge is framed with the opportunity to earn certificates as a Certified Composites Technician. The knowledge of advanced composites materials, molding process skills, and industry certification are a powerful combination that can open the door to many career opportunities.  

Most of our students have very little or no previous experience working with composites. What they do have is a desire to begin a career in an exciting industry, working with their hands and their minds. Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know – that’s what the Composites Technology program is built for. Our Composites Technology faculty are experts in the field and in the classroom, ready to take you from composites beginner to Certified Composites Technician (CCT).

Students will prepare for and take the Certified Composites Technician (CCT) exams as part of their curriculum, including individual certifications in Open Molding and Vacuum Infusion Processing. CCT is considered the highest level composites certification available in the United States. 


In Marine Systems, you’ll learn the theory and technologies of both stand-alone and fully-integrated systems and the inner workings of a powerboat down to the most meticulous details. During this program, you'll build a free-standing, complete simulation panel that contains the essential systems that go into modern boats. At the end of the combined program, you'll apply the knowledge you've learned to an industry externship, gaining relevant resume-building experience and making valuable industry contacts. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to install, repair, and troubleshoot everything from engines and electrical systems to computer-based electronics and hydraulics as a Certified Marine Technician. Students will take the ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) certification exams for the relevant modules. ABYC certification is considered the highest level of industry certification available in the United States. Students will also sit for the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Basic Marine Electronics Installer certification exam.


Experience the Composites Technology program

Experience the Marine Systems program


  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Steering (Mechanical & Hydraulic)
  • Marine Pumps
  • Fuel Systems
  • Diesel Engines
  • Inboard/Outboard Engines
  • LPG Systems
  • A/C and Refrigeration
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Basic Fiberglass
  • Composites Open Molding
  • Composites Repair & Refinishing
  • Composites Tooling
  • CAD 3D Modeling Fundamentals
  • CNC Router Machining
  • Vacuum Bagging & Vacuum Infusion Molding
  • Prepreg Molding


  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Teamwork & Communication
  • Time Management

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