NEWPORT — More than a decade ago, the IYRS School of Technology & Trades held informal gatherings matching students and alumni with employers in the marine trades. It went so well, the boat-building school opened the event to the public, and it has taken off since.
“We’ve probably tripled or quadrupled the amount of people that show up,” the school’s Josh Singer said as it expects some 200 job seekers and 50 employers to attend its 10th annual career day on March 23.
The event will combine a traditional job fair, where job seekers can meet with employees, with networking opportunities and workshops, Singer said.
Employers will come from up and down the East Coast, from Maine to Florida, and as far away as California, he said. Career opportunities will be varied, including those only tangentially connected to marine trades, such as electronics installation, working with composite materials and repairing wind turbines. More traditional marine employers, such as marinas, boat yards, yacht clubs and the builders and maintainers of boats and ships will also attend.
Jobs will include boat captains and deck hands; riggers; fiberglass technicians; shipwrights; marine systems technicians; teak deck assemblers who can travel internationally; custom woodworkers; computer-aided design programmers; and yacht riggers, among a couple of dozen others.
The day before the Saturday event, IYRS will host a field trip for students from marine technology programs at Chariho Career & Technical Center and North Providence High School. Stops will include a luxury boat builder, a marina and the IYRS campus.
The career day will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the campus at 449 Thames St. It is free and open to the public. People planning to attend are asked to register at iyrscareerday.com.
Sponsors in addition to IYRS are the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, Composites Alliance of Rhode Island and the state’s Real Jobs Rhode Island program.