School of Marine Systems Faculty

John Bernier
Marine Systems Instructor

John-Bernier-IYRS-Marine-Systems-InstructorMr. John Bernier is an instructor within the School of Marine Systems at IYRS School of Technology & Trades. Mr. Bernier joined IYRS with years of technical, managerial and teaching experience in the Marine Industry, as well as over 25 years of experience as a certified Marine technician. He has presented at many conferences over the years, as well as had several articles published in trade magazines.

From a young age, John was interested in exploring how things worked – mainly by assisting his father manage the equipment on their fifty-acre farm. He worked his way from fixing equipment, including tractors and cars, to fixing boats, and he was privileged to be asked to create a marine program for Massasoit Community College. This is where he fell in love with teaching. Eventually he opened his own business, where he enjoyed working with and teaching his son, Christopher, about the many aspects of marine repair work.

John is excited to be a member of the IYRS team and looks forward to teaching programs that offer a strong foundation in Marine Systems Technology and assisting students in ways that facilitate their success.

Matthew McNichol
Marine Systems Instructor

Matt-McNichol-FacultyMr. Matthew McNichol is an instructor within the School of Marine Systems at IYRS School of Technology & Trades. Mr. McNichol joined IYRS with many years of managerial experience for a private contractor, as well as a business owner and operator of his own consulting company.

In 2012, Mr. McNichol enrolled in the Boatbuilding & Restoration program at IYRS. Completing the program and earning a certificate in two-years, Mr. McNichol immediately continued on to complete the Marine Systems program at IYRS where he earned certifications from the American Boat & Yacht Council in Marine Electrical, Marine Systems and Marine Diesel, as well as certification from the National Marine Electronics Association in Marine Electronics Installation.

Mr. McNichol has certificates from IYRS School of Marine Systems and IYRS School of Boatbuilding & Restoration.

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