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    The Steel Structures Technology Center specializes in steel construction, quality and inspection, offering professional technical consulting services when special expertise is needed. READ MORE >

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    Internet speeds and training software technology allow us to provide the same level of information to you, without the need for you to travel, take off work or miss those inspections. READ MORE >

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    SSTC publishes the Structural Bolting Handbook, Structural Welding Quality Handbook, Shop Inspection Handbook for Structural Steel Buildings, and Structural Steel Inspector's Workbook.

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About Us

The Steel Structures Technology Center is focused on providing consulting services, technical resources and training related to the design, fabrication, erection, inspection and quality of steel-framed structures. Founded in 1990, SSTC has provided training and support to thousands of engineers, fabricators, erectors, inspectors, building officials and others involved in steel buildings, steel bridges and other forms of steel construction.

Our Publications

To improve efficiency and quality in the steel construction industry, SSTC publishes the Structural Bolting Handbook, the Structural Welding Quality Handbook, and the Shop Inspection Handbook for Structural Steel Buildings. We also provide the Structural Steel Inspector’s Workbook, written by Bob Shaw of the SSTC and published jointly with the International Code Council.

Our Online On-Demand Seminars

After providing live seminars to the steel construction industry since our founding in 1990, SSTC offers the industry online, on-demand, recorded seminars. Internet speeds and training software technology now allow for this method of providing the same level of information to you, without the need for you to travel, take off work, miss those inspections or miss those meetings. Also, because of such technology, most organizations (AWS and ICC, for example) now accept such on-line recorded seminars for continuing education purposes, when used with appropriate monitoring and quizzes.


  • AISC Requirements for Quality Control and Quality Assurance (4 hours)
  • Structural Bolting Inspection (8 hours)
  • Structural Welding Inspection (15 hours)
  • Plan Reading for Steel Construction (4 hours)
  • Special Inspection of Steel Construction under the International Building Code (3 hours)
  • Inspection of Steel Fabrication (3 hours)
  • Inspection of Erected Steelwork (3 hours)


  • Inspection of Seismic Steel Connections (8 hours)
  • Structural Welding: Design and Specification (8 hours)

Our Self-Study Courses

SSTC offers a seven-section self-study course on high-strength bolting, including the topics of

  1. bolted joints,
  2. bolting materials and their use
  3. turn-of-nut installation
  4. twist-off type tension control bolt installation
  5. direct tension indicator installation
  6. calibrated wrench installation
  7. inspection

Each section contains detailed written text explaining the subject matter, followed by a quiz to be completed and submitted to SSTC for grading. Upon completion, the participant should be able to properly apply the construction and inspection provisions of the AISC and RCSC Specifications regarding bolted connections, whether as an installer, supervisor, or inspector. Participants who complete the exams with a sufficient score can receive continuing education or professional development credit from most organizations.

Our Inspector Examination Services

SSTC offers a unique service to fabricators, erectors, testing and inspection agencies, building departments, and others who need to establish or document the knowledge of their inspectors. SSTC provides to employers of inspectors a Welding Inspector Qualification Examination that meets the requirements of AWS B5.1:2003, Standard for the Qualification of Welding Inspectors, the same technical basis as AWS QC1 for certifying welding inspectors through examination by AWS.

Our Consulting Services

SSTC frequently provides consulting services to owners, engineers, fabricators, erectors and testing agencies to assist in the understanding and/or resolution of steel construction issues. Examples of recent work includes implementation of the AISC and AWS requirements for seismic construction, bolting installation and quality issues, welding design and quality issues, and the development and review of  WPSs (welding procedure specifications). SSTC provides these consulting services through Robert E. Shaw, Jr., PE (Michigan). Mr. Shaw, with 41 years of experience in the steel construction industry, is active in standards development, serving on several standards-writing committees including the American Institute of Steel Construction, American Welding Society, Research Council on Structural Connections, and ASTM International. He is also involved in international welding and standards activities, chairing Commission XV Design, Analysis and Fabrication of Welded Structures of the International institute of Welding, and chairing the IIW’s Select Committee on Quality Management.