Education July 07, 2022 United States

Lincoln Electric Opens Registration for 2022 Blodgett Seminar for Structural Steel Connections

Earn CEUs and advance knowledge of codes, materials, techniques and challenges during week-long programs at The Welding Technology & Training Center


Adding more in-depth discussions on AWS D1.5 in the Blodgett Structural Steel Connections seminar expands our training to cover a greater structural scope, particularly in light of infrastructure concerns coming to the forefront across the country.


(Cleveland, July 7, 2022) – Lincoln Electric has added a new component to its annual lineup of Blodgett Design Seminars. Its Design of Welded Connections: Steel Structures seminar will now take a closer look at AWS D1.5 standards in addition to the traditional coursework. The company will hold this structural seminar on Oct. 24-28, 2022 at The Welding Technology & Training Center at its Cleveland headquarters.

Lincoln Electric’s Blodgett Structural Steel Connections seminar offers 36 hours of coursework across a full week of training, providing 3.6 CEUs for those who design and build steel structures such as buildings, bridges, towers and similar structures. Typical attendees include structural engineers, fabricators, erectors and inspectors. During the sessions, participants will review connections that are subject to static, cyclic and seismic loading.

“In the past, we’ve focused on AISC 360 and AWS D1.1 standards to support various engineering principles presented in the course,” explains Curt Decker, Senior Structural Engineer at Lincoln Electric, “The addition of more in-depth discussions on AWS D1.5 expands our training to cover a greater structural scope, particularly in light of infrastructure concerns coming to the forefront across the country.”

Seminar classes include such things as Weld Process Basics, Welding Metallurgy and Cracking, Basics of Welded Connections, Fracture Mechanics, Principles of Connection Design and Practical Solutions to Common Construction Challenges, in addition to other key structural topics. Participants will enjoy hands-on welding opportunities and demonstrations of additive and automation solutions to replenish the stock of new ideas and will take tours of Lincoln Electric which showcase the latest in welding technology.

For more than 60 years, Lincoln Electric has hosted Blodgett design seminars that provide attendees with relevant and actionable ideas of how to make welded products more dependable, lower in cost and welded safely. Thousands of engineers have attended these seminars, made popular by their namesake, Dr. Omer W. Blodgett, a retired Lincoln Electric engineer, lecturer and educator.

Blodgett, a renowned world authority on the design of welded connections, was influential in developing standards for the American Welding Society. He authored both Design of Welded Structures and Design of Weldments. These books, originally published more than 55 years ago, are considered the foundation for the entire design of welded connections.

“These seminars are one of a kind,” Decker says. “Lincoln Electric is the world’s expert in welding with more than 100 years of experience. You can’t get this depth of training with such a long history anywhere else.”

Registration is open for Oct. 24-28 seminars. The $900 seminar fee includes the seminar sessions, lunches, an evening dining event and daily hotel shuttle. For more information, visit or email

About Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the engineering, design, and manufacturing of advanced arc welding solutions, automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment, and has a leading global position in brazing and soldering alloys. Lincoln is recognized as the Welding Expert™ for its leading material science, software development, automation engineering, and application expertise, which advance customers’ fabrication capabilities to help them build a better world. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices serving customers in over 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company’s website at