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Preservation of Historic Iron and Steel in Bridges and Other Metal Structures

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.  This grant allows us to train in those technologies.

Iron & Steel Preservation Conference (ISPC)
Date: March 4 and 5, 2013
Location: 5708 Cornerstone Drive Lansing, MI 48917
Contact: Vern Mesler at

Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan,  is presenting  a two-day workshop on March 4 and 5, 2013, to introduce a wide variety of interested personnel, including State Historic Preservation officers, Department of Transportation officials, engineers, engineering students, general contractors, and historic bridge preservationists, to restoration processes of historic metals using electric arc welding, heat straightening, and hot riveting processes.  Funded in part by a grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

Earn up to 1.6 CEUs!  LCC is accredited through IACET. IACET accreditation is the standard learners seek for quality when they choose a provider.  IACET is known as the premier standard-setting organization for continuing education and training providers.  You can earn up to 1.6 CEUs by attending all three days of the Iron & Steel Conference.  The breakdown is as follow: 

1st day       .53 CEUs

2nd day      .45 CEUs

3rd day       .60 CEUs

Total for all three days 1.6 CEUs

You can register for this workshop by calling 517-483-9853, mailing or faxing the Registration form to Lansing Community College.

Click here for Registration Form

To advance the craftsman's legacy in engineering education, five $600 scholarships are to be awarded to engineering students to attend the March 2013 Workshop Preservation of Historic Iron and Steel in Bridges and Other Metal Structures.

Click here for Scholarship Application Form

View our videos of Restoration and Preservation of Historic Metals

Welding Technology Program at Lansing Community College

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