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full-time, 6-month program in newport, ri

Marine Systems Training 

Full-Time, Comprehensive 6-Month Marine Technician Training & Certification at IYRS in Newport, RI


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.

IYRS Marine Systems students gain direct hands-on experience and certifications in the maintenance of various boat systems, along with the knowledge and problem-solving skills to become top technicians and mechanics.

Our shop & training facility is located in Rhode Island, the Ocean State. You'll be surrounded and engulfed into a thriving marine industry in beautiful Rhode Island. Our shops, labs and classrooms are located on our 3 acre waterfront campus in Newport, RI.

  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Steering (Mechanical & Hydraulic)
  • Marine Pumps
  • Fuel Systems
  • Diesel & Gasoline Engines
  • LPG Systems
  • AC and Refrigeration
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Sit for ABYC Certification Exams


Jess Bordner

Marine Systems '15

“Once you get out in the civilian world, there’s not too many positions for a helicopter mechanic, but I found the systems course, I thought, this is my opportunity, this is what I need to do,” Said Jess Bordner. 
After six and a half years in the Army National Guard Jess enrolled in the Marine Systems course, largely because her husband, Josh, had been having such a positive experience in IYRS’ Boatbuilding & Restoration program. Jess now works with The Hinckley Company, a manufacturer of luxury sailing yachts and jet-powered picnic boats.

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.

Bruce Jacobs

Marine Systems ‘12

Bruce Jacobs graduated from the Marine Systems program in 2012. He traveled to the United States from the United Kingdom for the systems program after spending years as a professional yacht captain around the world. “It had frustrated me that I simply didn’t have the knowledge to fix even pretty minor problems…I knew that to become a better skipper and to have any chance of running my own sailing company, I would have to learn how to maintain and repair all the systems on board. ” said Jacobs. With his new found skills, Jacobs founded Rubicon 3, an adventure sailing company where he welcomes experienced and non-experienced alike on-board for “part sailing holiday, park sail training school and part adventure travel explorer” on-water expeditions!

Frankie Sisneroz

Marine Systems '18

Frankie Sisneroz was a shining example of a “career-changer” student seeking to parlay his deep love and passion for sailing into a new career. Moving to Rhode Island from Southern California after years of work experience as an electrician, and some time in the healthcare industry, Frankie enrolled at IYRS and was a spark of enthusiasm as he began training for his new career in the marine trades. Upon graduation, Frankie was brought on as a Marine Electrician at The Hinckley Company, a manufacturer of luxury sailing yachts and jet-powered picnic boats. Additionally, Frankie was awarded the 2017 Ted Hood Designer Series Scholarship, an award offered to yacht designers, enthusiasts and/or individuals pursuing an education in the marine trades.

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