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Iron & Steel Preservation Workshop

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.

View our videos of Restoration and Preservation of Historic 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.

Welding Technology Program at Lansing Community College

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