Visit IYRS this spring or summer for a unique hands-on workshop experience. IYRS workshops are developed for amateurs and experienced alike, taught by industry professionals in an ideal shop setting. In most cases, no prior experience is necessary and we provide all of the tools, technologies and materials needed.

 

IYRS workshops are ideal for:

Professional Development •  Continuing Education • Learning New Skills • Taking a Refresher Course • Reducing Your Screen Time • Giving a Unique Experiential Gift • A Fun Weekend Activity


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• Composites Technology Workshops
• Marine Systems Workshops
• Digital Modeling & Fabrication Workshops


COMPOSITES TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS

Composites Technology at IYRS: Troubleshooting Composites Production

May 10, 2019 | 8:30am – 5:30pm

Cost: $350/person (plus registration fee)

Availability: Registration Open

Composites Technology at IYRS: Troubleshooting Composites Production

The ability to diagnose and remedy the problems that occur in composites molding operations is a key element of quality and profit. This course details the problems that occur in composites manufacturing and the technical elements that contribute to problematic situations. Understanding the foundational technology and applying these fundamentals to address production and quality issues is essential to success in production.

The course begins with the science of troubleshooting as the foundation of problem solving, and includes diagnosing and troubleshooting: cosmetic problems, gel coat application, laminate application, tooling issues, sandwich cores, fluid handling equipment, plant systems process issues with vacuum infusion and L-RTM, materials handling.

Instructor: Bob Lacovara


Composites Technology at IYRS: The Science Behind the Composites Procedures

June 3, 2019 & June 10, 2019 (2-Day Workshop) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: $350/person (plus registration fee)

Availability: Registration Open

Composites Technology at IYRS: The Science Behind the Composites Procedures

The production or repair of composites components is based on a series of procedures that begin with the handling of the raw materials and culminate with the final finishing of the product. These procedures are often based on legacy experience that is passed down through generations of workers. Procedural “creep” or evolution may tend to develop over time, where the elements of how to execute the procedure overshadow the technical underpinnings for why the procedure is in place. The knowledge of the science behind a procedural action is essential in developing methods that are optimized for quality production.

This course explores the basic science that drives the step-by-step procedures used to optimize production or repair operations. Participants will learn about the chemistry and properties at the foundations of the composites molding process. This information then provides the building blocks from which to develop the most informed operational procedures.  These sessions detail a broad scope of materials handling and application methods that link practical application to the technical requirements of the process

Instructor: Bob Lacovara


Composites Technology at IYRS: Composites Cost Estimating

June 28, 2019 | 8:30am – 5:30pm

Cost: $365/person (plus registration fee)

Availability: Registration Open

Composites Technology at IYRS: Composites Cost Estimating

This course highlights composites manufacturing cost estimating to promote a better understanding of the individual elements that contribute to the bottom line. These principles can be applied across a broad scope of composites fabrication and the course includes the Convergent Cost Estimating Program that simplifies the task of developing product quotes.

The subject matter includes: laminate calculations, determining part surface area, determining waste factor, hardware cost, labor hours worksheet, tooling amortization, integrating labor and overhead factors, dealing with the learning curve, and various data: gel coat core materials.  The fundamental goal of the course is to identify all the factors that contribute to accurate cost estimates and impact bottom line profit.

Instructor: Bob Lacovara


MARINE SYSTEMS WORKSHOPS

Spring Commissioning at IYRS: Prepare Your Boat for Boating Season

April 27, 2019 | 9:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: $350/person (plus registration fee)

Availability: Registration Open

Spring Commissioning at IYRS: Prepare Your Powerboat for Boating Season

Gain hands-on experience in order to prepare your boat for the upcoming season. The workshop covers many of the common systems found in boats in the 40 ft. range and under. Focus will include battery evaluation and preparation for season, flush and sanitization of fresh water system, clean prepare and test sanitation system, engine and power train inspection, checking fuel and fuel filters, changing oil and filter, inspect cooling system and impeller replacement, install shaft zincs and polish propeller, inspect and service sea cocks, inspect shore power cord, commissioning and clean air conditioning and refrigeration, and more.

Instructors: Nels Larson


Diesel Weekend at IYRS: Theory, Maintenance & Troubleshooting Engines

May 18-19, 2019 (2-Day Workshop) | 9:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: $585/person (plus registration fee)

Availability: Registration Open

Diesel Weekend at IYRS: Theory, Maintenance & Troubleshooting Engines

Diesel Weekend is a two-day crash course in diesel engine theory, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

DAY ONE
Day one begins with the basics of diesel engine theory and operation. This course will be classroom based with interactive demonstrations and some hands-on work in the shop.

DAY TWO
Day two builds on the basics learned on the first day of the workshop and focuses on maintenance and troubleshooting. This course is designed to teach the common reasons for failure that shut down diesel engines and how to prevent these failures through inspection, maintenance and periodic replacement of key parts.

Instructors: Nels Larson


Women’s Marine Systems Workshop at IYRS

June 22-23, 2019 (2-Day Workshop) | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: $375/person (plus registration fee)

Availability: Registration Open

Women's Marine Systems Workshop at IYRS

This hands-on course is all about getting comfortable with boat systems and handling basic wiring and plumbing chores aboard your boat.

DAY ONE
Marine Systems Introduction & Electrical Basics. Day one is designed to teach an overview of the systems that you will find on board a typical boat 50 feet or less. We will review tools needed, wiring techniques and best practices, batteries and load calculation, hoses and pumps, and much more. Heavy on practice, light on lectures!

DAY TWO
Installing, Testing & Troubleshooting. Day two focuses on basic installation of some components introduced in Day one including: lights, radios, and electronics. Participants will also learn how to power up and test bilge pumps along with other systems commonly found on boats.

Instructor: Beth Burlingame


DIGITAL MODELING & FABRICATION WORKSHOPS

Digital to Tangible at IYRS: Discovering the Art of Investment Casting

July 8-12, 2019 (5-Day Workshop) | 10:00am – 3:30pm

Cost: $1050/person (plus registration fee)

Availability: Registration Open

This workshop provides an opportunity to experience object making through both modern digital and traditional hands-on techniques. Over the course of five-days the students will learn the fundamentals and principles of design, form, and scale to create their own investment cast piece. Thee novice student will be carefully guided through the tools of 3D computer modeling, 3D printing,  investment casting in bronze, and hand finishing. Computer modeling will be created in AutoDesk’s Fusion 360 software. 3D printing this computer model will done on site by FDM, fused deposition modeling. Hand working techniques will be taught while investment casting will be accomplished by one of our local vendors. Students get to keep their own creations!

There is no previous experience needed. Come and re-discover your creative side and have fun while learning the techniques and skills of design and investment casting. You must provide your own laptop with Fusion 360 loaded. (Your instructor will provide instructions to guide you through the download process.)

Instructor: Sarah-Anne Wildgoose


If you have any questions about the workshops at IYRS, please contact workshop coordinator Frankie Sisneroz at 401-848-5777 ext. 208 or via email at [email protected].

 

Please Note:

  • Short-term workshops are not included as part of the accreditation of IYRS School of Technology & Trades.
  • Workshops that do not meet a minimum requirement of attendees may be canceled. Individuals will be notified in advance and credited a full refund.
  • Course content is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop instructor.