Composites Technology

IYRS is the top Composites Technology School In New England.

Composites Technology | Accredited 6 month program | Enrolls March & September

Composites Technology is an immersive, nationally accredited program that teaches students to design and build with advanced materials like carbon fiber and fiberglass, preparing them for careers in exciting industries from maritime to automotive to sporting goods to wind energy and beyond. The demand for lighter, stronger, faster products, and the people who know how to build them using advanced composites, has never been greater.  

Recent IYRS Composites Technology graduates now have successful careers building everything from custom power yachts to wind turbines, America's Cup foiling sailboats to surfboards. 

AUGUST 2021 - NEWSWEEK NAMES IYRS SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY & TRADES ONE OF THE BEST MAKER SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD

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.

You’ll learn to build with some of the lightest, strongest materials on earth, including carbon fiber and fiberglass, from our expert faculty who have decades of combined composites industry experience and a passion for teaching. More than just building, you’ll learn fundamental product design concepts and explore creating CAD drawings using RHINO. Throughout the program, you’ll experience the excitement of executing increasingly sophisticated hands-on projects using composite materials and processes, culminating in your own capstone project.

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. 

IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?

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

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Where are composites used?

Composites are used to construct many of the most technologically advanced products in the world. These include SpaceX rockets, mega yachts, sporting equipment, wind energy components, and architectural products for bridges, buildings, homes, and more. 

Composites make America’s Cup boats fly, racecars go fast, fighter jets go faster, and sporting equipment more fun. If an object needs to be lightweight, strong and endure, composites are the first choice in materials.

 

IYRS Composites Technology Gallery

IYRS teacher showing a student how to use a piece of equipment
IYRS student using a paint roller
IYRS Student smoothing out a wooden structure
IYRS instructors teaching students how to use a piece of equipment
IYRS cutting a piece of fabric with scissors
IYRS using an industrial spray painting tool
IYRS student asking an instructor a question about a piece of wood
IYRS student concentrating on his project

The composites industry is an economic force that fuels the American economy. Annually, this industry contributes $22.2 billion to the US economy. By 2022, the end-product market for composites is expected to reach $113.2 billion.
- American Composites Manufacturers Association

 

KNOWLEDGE BASE

  • Composites Industry Structure & Profile
  • Basic Materials Science 
  • Underlying Principles of Molding Process Methods
  • Process Planning and Procedures

SHOP SKILLS

  • Hand and Power Tool Use
  • Materials Handling Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Molding Technology
  • Open Molding Techniques
  • Vacuum Bagging/Vacuum Infusion Processing
  • Advanced Composites Prepreg Processing
  • Mold Development and Fabrication
  • Composites Repair Methods
  • CAD/CAM Experience
  • CNC Machine Operation

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

  • Business Acumen
  • Project Planning
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Teamwork & Communication
  • Time Management 

Recent Employers

Composites: The Present & Future of Manufacturing

IYRS Graduates Build 36th America's Cup Boats with One Goal in Mind - To Win

Twelve IYRS graduates played an integral role in building the boats for New York Yacht Club's 36th America's Cup campaign, AMERICAN MAGIC. Their goal? To use their IYRS composites knowledge and skills to help build the ultimate sailing machine that will bring the America's Cup back to the United States in March 2021. It's a rock star job for any boatbuilder and something résumé dreams are made of. As an Official Sailing Partner of the American Magic team, IYRS has a special partnership with the groundbreaking American Magic program.

Together, these twelve IYRS graduates have helped build some of the fastest boats on earth. Watch the video below of one of them, DEFIANTa jaw-dropping marvel of sailing technology, training for the America's Cup.