Composites Technology

IYRS is the top Composites Technology School In New England.

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

Composites Technology is an immersive hands-on training program in advanced composite technologies that includes an industry externship. The demand for lighter, stronger building materials, and the people who know how to work with them, has never been greater.  And the driving force behind this next generation of manufacturing is a composites technology revolution. Students will take the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) 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.

Composites Technology students 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 then couple that with 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 composites materials, molding process skills and industry certification are a powerful combination that can open the door to many career opportunities.  

This hands-on, industry-leading Composites Technology program is one of a kind, where no two days are alike. You’ll learn transformative, future-forward skills. At IYRS, you'll build beyond ordinary with some of the lightest, strongest materials on earth.

Experience the Composites Technology program

Curriculum

Composites: The Future of Manufacturing

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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 student measuring a piece of fabric
IYRS using an industrial spray painting tool
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IYRS student concentrating on his project

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 Gagging/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 

Upon graduation, you’ll be uniquely positioned not just for a job, but for a rewarding career. IYRS will prepare you to sit for industry certification exams and help you connect with world-class employers in the aerospace, construction, wind and solar energy, marine, and automotive industries. 

James Allsopp - Composites Technology '13 on his work on 2021 America's Cup Challenger American Magic