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Iron & Steel Preservation

LCC Iron & Steel Preservation (ISP)

Iron & Steel Preservation Workshop

"Historic wrought iron and steel truss bridges that were fabricated between 1850 and 1950 are rapidly being replaced today with new concrete or steel bridges, primarily because of the lack of knowledge in the restoration of historic metals," explains Vern Mesler, Technical Careers Adjunct Faculty in welding. "We need to develop expertise in preserving the original materials by combining modern technology such as electric arc welding with historic methods like hot riveting."

Repair, Rehabilitation, and Restoration of Metals

Our workshop has the goal of increasing the number of engineers, designers, builders and contractors who can confidently specify industrial processes for the repair, rehabilitation and preservation of metals using both current steel fabrication methods and historic technologies.

Repair - Repair of critical members of a bridge or building requires the knowledge of industrial processes, and the selection of the applicable process for a particular repair application. Two of the most popular arc welding processes used for onsite repairs are the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and the Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes, both processes will be demonstrated at the March ISP workshop with hands-on opportunities for workshop participants.

Rehabilitation - Replacing a metal truss bridge or building with a new structure can have a negative economic impact on a community, many of these structures can be brought up to current standards such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and the American Welding Society (AWS). With the careful selection, and application of industrial processes along with engineering innovation a rehabilitation project can extend the service life of a culturally significant bridge or building.

LCC Iron & Steel Preservation (ISP)

Restoration - If a bridge or building is declared historically significant than the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties often governs. Repair, rehabilitation, and restoration of original historic metals with current industrial tools such as arc welding process, flame straightening, brazing, and riveting can save and protect much of the original metal. ISP workshop participants will have a better understanding and greater sensitivity toward existing metal structures, and fabrication technologies.


LCC is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training as an IACET education provider and will issue Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants at the end of each conference day.


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Custom Welding Courses

Repair, rehabilitation and restoration of metals is essential for preservation of metal structures, and the electric arc welding process is a valuable tool for preservation projects that involve both historic and contemporary metals. For those who are responsible for making decisions for preservation or the training of those performing the work, Lansing Community College can design a welding course that meets your requirements.

Other training courses include:

  • Braze welding
  • Flame straightening
  • Hot riveting with a field rivet hammers

Customized Arc Welding Courses

Customized arc welding courses are being offered at Lansing Community College, West Campus, Lansing, Michigan. These courses can be designed for individuals or groups for either introductory or advanced training in the Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Metal Cored Arc Welding (MCAW), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes.

Your Custom Course Could Include

Depending on the client's needs, customized courses can include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with instructions on the essential variables (voltage, amperage, and other operating parameters) of the arc welding processes.

  • Safety procedures used in the Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Metal Cored Arc Welding (MCAW) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding processes.
  • Equipment used in the FCAW, MCAW and SMAW processes, including power sources, flow meters, guns and wire feeders. The selection of gases and wire combinations for different metals.
  • Electrode and wire AWS classification system for the FCAW, MCAW and SMAW processes.
  • Proper set-up procedures for amperage (wire feed speed); effects of voltage and gas flow for FCAW and MCAW processes; effect of amperage for SMAW.
  • Weld gauges for measuring fillet welds (in the flat and horizontal positions) and groove welds.
  • Weld defects and discontinuities, their causes and repair procedures, and methods for reducing distortion.


Rates depend on the number of hours of training. Sample rates are as follows:

  • $2,500 an eight hour course with one instructor and five students
  • $3,600 sixteen hour course with one instructor and five students
  • $4,650 twenty four hour course with one instructor and five students

Lansing Community College is authorized to award Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for these customized training courses.

American Welding Society Certification Tests

Lansing Community College has on staff American Welding Society certified welding inspectors (CWI) who can conduct Standard AWS certification tests for the FCAW, MCAW, and SMAW processes. The costs for certification testing are separate from the course, arrangements to be made directly with the CWIs

Of Interest To

  • State and Federal Departments of Transportation (DOTs, FHWA)
  • State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs)
  • Engineers
  • Ironworkers, Steel fabricators
  • Craftsmen
  • General Contractors
  • Preservationists, Historians
  • Students and Educators

LCC Iron & Steel Preservation (ISP)


May 2016 Iron & Steel Preservation Conference and Workshop

Conference: May 18, 19, 2016 - $375.00
Workshop: May 20, 2016 - $175.00
Space is limited, register early

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 (Conference Day 1)
8:00am - 12:30pm
Technical presentations followed by lunch with luncheon speaker.
1:30pm - 5:15pm
Tour of Purdue's Bowen Lab
Tour of Purdue's S-BRITE Center

Thursday, May 19, 2016 (Conference Day 2)
8:00am - 12:30pm
Technical presentations followed by lunch with luncheon speaker.
1:30pm - 5:15pm
Demonstrations of industrial processes used in industry today (Bowen Lab)

  • - Electric arc welding processes
  • - Braze welding for cast iron
  • - Flame straightening demonstrations
  • - Shop riveting with hydraulic riveter
  • - Field riveting with field riveter hammer

Friday, May 20, 2016 (Workshop)
8:00am - 12pm
Hands-on participation in repair, rehabilitation and restoration of metals (Bowen Lab)

  • - Electric arc welding processes
  • - Braze welding for cast iron
  • - Flame straightening demonstrations
  • - Shop riveting with hydraulic riveter
  • - Cutting processes: Oxygen Fuel and Air Carbon Arc
  • - Field riveting with field riveting hammer

Return to hotel for lunch

Continuing Education (CEU) and/or Professional Development Hours (PDH) are available for participants in this Conference & Workshop. In addition, a certificate of completion will be issued to those attending and participating in the Conference & Workshop activities.

LCC Iron & Steel Preservation (ISP)

Lincoln Electric local technical support staff will demonstrate the flux and metal cored arc welding processes and answer any questions related to the repair, rehabilitation, and restoration of metals.

Contact Us

Vern Mesler


Phone: (517) 483-9853

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships to attend the ISP workshop will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in welding, engineering, historic preservation and related fields.
Click here for scholarship application.

Welding Technology Program at Lansing Community College

Applied Manufacturing Technologies
West Campus Room 103
Phone: (517) 483-5338
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