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Composites Career Training

Request More Information6-Month program enrolls twice annually; Spring (typically March) and Fall (typically September).

Become a part of the next-generation manufacturing economy. Enroll in a comprehensive, 6-month hands-on training program in advanced composites. IYRS School of Technology & Trades in Newport, RI.

Composites are in the airplanes we fly, the cars we drive, in boats, surfboards, skis, skateboards, buildings, and golf clubs. Position yourself on the leading edge of this materials transformation.

Theory & Practice

Developing good problem-solving and critical thinking skills – which are in-demand by industry — begin with focus on the theory and fundamentals for using composite materials. This is followed by manufacturing methods, CAD/CAM technology, and the development of both 2D and 3D tools. These foundational components provide real context for a deeper hands-on learning experience.

Hands-On, Immersive Learning

At IYRS, no two days seem alike — working in teams with both students and faculty, students spend months exploring the critical elements of composites fabrication, including through CNC machine, mold making, composites repair & refinishing, composite tooling, and various composite manufacturing methods such as vacuum infusion, hand lay-up, and prepreg.


Project-Based Learning

At the core of an IYRS experience is hands-on fabrication and problem-solving through collaborative team-based and individual projects. By actively working through design, machining and fabrication challenges, students gain understanding of how things are made, and how and why they fall apart – the latter making for good problem-solving skills.

Skills You Can Take Anywhere

IYRS graduates sit for industry certification exams and often graduate as Certified Composites Technicians — graduates are positioned to hit the ground running across a host of composites manufacturing industries. IYRS students complete their experience in an offsite industry externship where the learning continues.


Composites Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Aerospace & Aviation
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Energy Production
  • Industrial Design
  • Construction
  • Marine (Boating)

Composites Training

  • CNC Machine Operator Training
  • Vacuum Infusion Processing
  • Advanced Composites Molding
  • Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) Software
  • Composites Restoration Practices
  • Molding Processes and Methods
  • In-Mold Coating Techniques
  • Computer-Aided-Manufacturing (CAM) Equipment Operations


Why go to School for Composites?

Composites are a growing field with broad economic impact.

The demand for lighter, stronger building materials, and the people who know how to work with them, has never been greater. And as technologies evolve and become more environmentally friendly, demand will continue to grow.

Key ACMA certifications help get you workforce ready.

Throughout the program, students are well prepared for the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) certification exams in Open Molding, Light Resin Transfer Molding and Vacuum Infusion – the gold standard certifications within the composites industry.

Develop a skill-set applicable and valuable to many industries.

Our Composites Technology program prepares you for a career in many industries locally, nationally and internationally. Our hands-on approach to building the necessary skills to excel in the composites industry puts you at the forefront of this emerging manufacturing juggernaut, helping to position you with scalable and transferrable skills across sectors of the economy.

It’s one of the most comprehensive courses of its kind.

In the words of industry veteran Bob Lacovara of Convergent Composites, “I am not aware of any other program in the country that is as comprehensive as the IYRS program. [It] integrates all the skills needed to move forward in the emerging composites industry.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are composites?
A composite is any product composed of two or three different types of materials that are combined to form something completely different than one of the original three. Composite structures combine a resin, reinforcement such as fiberglass or carbon fiber, and a core material such as balsa wood or foam core. This combination of plastic and reinforcement produces some of the strongest materials for their weight that technology has ever developed.What types of jobs will the Composites Program prepare me for?
The course is designed to provide the foundation for a career in composites manufacturing. Graduates will be prepared to step into positions immediately upon graduation, and as new technologies arise, new positions in advanced manufacturing industries are expected to emerge at a rapid pace.

What topics and skills does the IYRS Composites Technology program cover?
The six-month Composites Technology Program is designed to give students a foundation of training in processes, techniques, and technology while advancing students to the leading edge in advanced-composites knowledge and skill. The program is divided into four course components: Composites Fundamentals, Composites Manufacturing Methods, Composites Tooling Development, and Composites Repair and Refinishing. Click here for more specifics on the program.

How long is the Composites Technology Program at IYRS?
The Composites Technology program at IYRS is 6-months and enrolls each March and September. Students spend 40 hours per week in the classroom, 9-5pm, Monday through Friday.

Is the school accredited? What is the value of the certifications I will earn?
IYRS is a non-profit institution, and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Students earn various certifications from the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA), considered gold standard certifications within the industry.

How much is tuition to the Composites Technology program?
For current tuition rates, please see the Tuition & Fees page.