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Welcome to IYRS School of Technology & Trades in Newport, Rhode Island

Full-Time, Fully-Immersive Training for Craftspeople, Artisans, Makers & Technicians at IYRS in Newport, RI



IYRS is a non-profit, post-secondary school that provides experiential learning & training programs, preparing students to enter a global manufacturing & maker workforce.

IYRS teaches the art and science of making, building, restoring and maintaining, and in the process helps graduates build both careers and more meaningful lives, inspired in the knowledge that, in their hands and through technology, they have the power to build almost anything

Located in downtown Newport, Rhode Island on a 3-acre waterfront campus, IYRS offers full-time, career-focused programs in:

  • Boatbuilding & Restoration
  • Composites Technology
  • Digital Modeling & Fabrication
  • Marine Systems


Matthew Barnes

Boatbuilding & Restoration '10

Matthew Barnes is currently the Lead Shipwright on the restoration of the historic Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620. She is currently under restoration at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. Mr. Barnes has brought more than a dozen IYRS graduates on board to support the restoration. In addition to his work at Mystic, Mr. Barnes is traveling over 10,000 miles across Europe, documenting and learning traditional methods from the Viking age and the influence they had on wooden boat building.

Ben Clifford

Digital Modeling & Fabrication ’18

Ben entered the inaugural Digital Modeling & Fabrication cohort with a strong background in graphic design and a personal interest in cosplay and comics. A “maker” in his personal time, Ben prototyped and fabricated Dr. Doom body armor, and parlayed his accomplishments into an internship and subsequent contract with Hasbro headquarters in Pawtucket, RI, a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences.

Megan Boon-Siegl

Boatbuilding & Restoration ‘17

Megan Boon-Siegl graduated with a B.A. from Yale University's School of Architecture with a in 2011. After working for Abecrombie & Fitch in production management, Mrs. Boon-Siegl enrolled in the Boatbuilding & Restoration program at IYRS so she could "be more creative and design oriented, and expand upon her education in architecture." After graduating, she became the Workshop on the Water Education Manager at Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

Morgan Huntley

Marine Systems '08

Morgan Huntley actually graduated from the very first Marine Systems class back in 2008. Since then, Morgan’s career in the marine trades has had an incredible rise - after graduation, Morgan left IYRS and honed his craft for employers such as Hinckley and Loughborough Marine before venturing out on his own with Vanquish Boats, LLC. Vanquish today is thriving, designing and building premium center console, runabout, and dual console performance day-boats. In addition to building such great boats, they’re also doing service work on other boats, lamination work for other manufacturers and making exciting plans for the future.

Taylor Tobin 

Composites Technology '10

Taylor Tobin graduated from IYRS in 2010 after earning a Business degree from nearby Roger Williams University. After spending a number of years as a boat rigger and CNC machinist, Taylor made the leap to downtown Boston where he is a Senior Supervisor at Autodesk’s BUILD Space, a research & development workshop that provides a shared venue for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals.

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an education in integrated marine systems

If You Had the Skills to Build Almost Anything, What Would You Do?

Digital Modeling & Fabrication
9-Month Program

Design, Prototype, and Build a Career Beyond the Ordinary

Learn to design, prototype and bring a new product to market through the IYRS Digital Modeling & Fabrication program.
This unique and immersive experience applies the principles of 3D design to product development. Understand how to develop a product that is functional, sustainable and potentially marketable. Access an array of materials, from wood and metal to carbon fiber and composites, to prototype in our waterfront build studio.

Boatbuilding & Restoration
20-Month Program

Do You Build the Boat, or Does the Boat Build You?

Immerse yourself in a 20-month cohort learning experience of restoring, building, and finishing classic wooden yachts. From surveying and costing to lofting and wood-bending, IYRS students engage in the complete boatbuilding process. The IYRS experience incorporates a full spectrum of traditional and contemporary wood-working skills to prepare you for any building or design challenge, from fine furniture to restoration to home construction.


Composites Technology
6-Month Program

Transform Your Life, By Transforming Modern Materials

Engage with industry experts, engineers, makers and craftspeople at the leading edge of building with advanced materials. Join a growing number of composite professionals working in a wide range of fields - from general manufacturing and construction, to automotive, aerospace, architecture, marine and industrial design. Composites are used in virtually every sector of the economy. Learn career skills that are transferable and scalable, from the smallest project to a large scale manufacturing company.

Marine Systems
6-Month Program

Let Your Passion for Boating & Your Career Intersect at IYRS!

Learn the theory and technologies associated with systems, both stand-alone and fully-integrated. Learn to install, repair and troubleshoot everything from engines, electrical systems, computer-based electronics and hydraulics. IYRS graduates have the technical and problem-solving skill-sets to successfully navigate challenges across a variety of platforms on land or at sea, be it a modern power boat, a tiny house, an RV. Our program enables you to maintain anything that floats, flies, dives or drives!

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Enjoy our Beautiful Campus in the Heart of Historic Newport

IYRS is located right in the heart of downtown Newport, Rhode Island, the beautiful “city-by-the-sea.” IYRS has a 3-acre waterfront campus that features state-of-the-art shops, labs, makerspaces and classrooms, including those in a brand new 20,000 sq. ft. build space.

The Newport community and its surrounding areas offer a wide range of activities: catch a ballgame, a wave, or some rays. Go hiking, biking, golfing, surfing, sailing - observe the history, taste the artisanal cuisine, or listen to the world class music festivals. Newport offers an intimate setting full of bigger city perks nestled into the New England coastline.

Learn More About IYRS Today

IYRS programs have limited enrollment. Boatbuilding & Restoration is a full-time, twenty-month long program with all classes held on our Newport, Rhode Island campus. Newport is a desirable destination for boating and sailing with a deep history & appreciation for high-end craftsmanship.

IYRS School of Technology & Trades FAQs

What sets IYRS apart?

According to many employers in the industry, what sets an IYRS graduate apart is their passion, their commitment to life-long learning, teamwork and problem-solving skills, and a deep understanding of how to get a job done right, on time, and on budget.

What is a day like for a student?

Students learn by doing, working alongside master craftspeople and other trained instructors who possess years of experience, and are leaders in their field. Activity on the shop floors is augmented by classroom lectures, certification exam prep, guest lecturers, and off-campus excursions. 

Do I need to have experience to enroll?

IYRS teaches students skills and training needed to get a job and build a career you will love. While previous experience is not required, a passion for working with your hands, working with a team and independently, problem-solving, an appreciation for craftsmanship, and an interest in an alternative hands-on education & training path are those who make the most of their time at IYRS. 

What is student life like at IYRS?

The IYRS experience is comprised of both real and intangible elements. It is an experience based on collaboration and problem-solving facilitated by an engaged faculty and visiting experts. The IYRS student body is diverse, comprised of talented and motivated individuals of all ages from around the world.

Does IYRS offer housing?

IYRS does not have dorms, though the rental market is active and robust; IYRS offers resources and support to secure housing within walking and biking distance, if desired.

Does IYRS offer career services?

Yes, IYRS has a vigorous career services curriculum for each and every student which is baked right in to the IYRS experience. All students will have the opportunity to enhance their skills by completing an off-site internship at the completion of their program. IYRS continues to grow its base of employer relationships to benefit student career exploration.

Does IYRS offer financial aid?

Yes, IYRS is a private, non-profit, accredited institution, and students are eligible for U.S. government financial aid, as well as need-based and merit-based financial aid from the institution. Additionally, IYRS offers robust scholarship opportunities to help ensure an IYRS education is affordable and accessible.

Can I use my Veteran’s Benefits?

Yes, IYRS is certified to accept G.I. Bill benefits for eligible U.S. Military Veterans. Veterans who qualify for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33), the Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30) and Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Programs (Chapter 31) may use their benefits at IYRS

What is the student body like at IYRS?

IYRS is a post-secondary school with students of all ages, post-high school. Students come to IYRS with a host of interests, backgrounds and motivations; they are high school graduates, Military Veterans, career changers, international students, and hobbyists.

What does IYRS mean?

IYRS was founded in 1995 as the International Yacht Restoration School. The school discovered that its true strength is a hands-on learning model wrapped in career skills development that allowed IYRS to grow and diversify training across the maker and manufacturing economies.

IYRS School of Technology & Trades

IYRS provides experiential education, preparing students to enter a global maker and manufacturing workforce. IYRS teaches the art and science of making, building, restoring and maintaining, and in the process, helps its graduates build both careers and more meaningful lives – inspired by the knowledge that in their hands and through the use of technology, they have the power to make, build and maintain to a high standard.

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