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Iron & Steel Preservation Conferences, Workshops, and Courses


Testimonials from past conferences:

• “The combination of historic and engineering information was great because it is hard to come by; I enjoyed the broad range of experts”
• “Excellent facility”
• “Hands-on, it is one thing to hear about a technique but much more helpful to do it”
• “The hands-on activities were tremendous, the staff was very knowledgeable, and patience was abundant, the facility was perfect for this conference/training”

Iron & Steel Preservation Conference / Workshop

Lansing Community College, West Campus
Lansing, Michigan


Iron & Steel Preservation Conference, Lansing Community College Website

Conference Facility:
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, Michigan 48917

Conference Workshop Coordinator Coordinator: Vern Mesler
Please send an email for more information.

Custom 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.

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.

• 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

For More Information

Contact Vern Mesler
Iron & Steel Preservation Coordinator
Lansing Community College

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