Careers in the U.S. $70 Billion Composites Industry

Press Release
Friday, July 27, 2012

IYRS, a Rhode Island marine trades & technology school, to partner with Maine businesses to run 'Open House' prorgrams on careers & training opportunities in the composites industry.

“Composites construction has a wide range of application in today’s industry—and many individuals may not realize that there are a wealth of career opportunities for those with the right level of interest, aptitude and skill,” said Clark Poston of IYRS. “Our goal for these open houses is to help more individuals learn about the industry and the best ways to gain entrée into the field.”

IYRS will partner with Maine businesses Front Street Shipyard and the Kenway Corporation to offer the open house programs on the composite materials method of building pioneered by boat builders that has a high strength-to-weight ratio.

Composites construction is used today by many industries—including marine, transportation, wind energy, aerospace and others. According to the latest tallies from the American Composites Manufacturers Association, in the U.S. alone the composites industry employs 550,000 people and generates $70 billion in revenues per year.

On Thursday, August 2, school representatives from IYRS will join the staff at Front Street Shipyard (101 Front Street, Belfast, Maine) for a Composites Career Open House that runs from 12 to 3 pm.

On Friday, August 3, IYRS and the Kenway Corporation (681 Riverside Drive, Augusta, Maine) will run a second open house from 12 to 3 pm. Both events are valuable opportunities for career seekers to see two Maine composites leaders in operation and learn about career opportunities in the field.

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