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Loenbro Technical Institute

Where it all Started…

The Loenbro Technical Institute (LTI) was founded on the principles that quality instruction and education will create skilled workers. Our trained instructors provide more hands-on training that other schools to make sure you have the skills you need to start your career. We are proud of our graduates and our 95% job placement history. LTI trains students so they can begin a profitable and rewarding career the construction and manufacturing industries.

The school was founded in 2010 in Rapid City, South Dakota. After several successful years, the school evolved into Loenbro Technical Institute. LTI was designed to train dedicated individuals to fill the growing demand for qualified workers in the construction and manufacturing industries

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing our students with solid training programs in the fields of welding, electrical, and facilities maintenance. Each student will receive quality instruction in the lab and in the classroom. We will always strive to operate a program that places emphasis on every student’s ability and future.

  • Quality education
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Affordable tuition
  • 95% job placement
  • Experienced faculty

Our Location

Loenbro Technical Institute is located in Rapid City, South Dakota. We service the region (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota) with a training facility which includes lab, office, and classroom space.

When not at LTI, students can take advantage of restaurants and shopping in Rapid City, or explore the surrounding area’s many attractions. South Dakota offers many year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including National Parks, historic monuments and events such as in nearby Sturgis or Deadwood. Learn more about Rapid City. Learn more about Rapid City.

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How We’re Different

Loenbro Technical Institute prides itself on producing fully-trained and educated graduates who are ready to join the workforce on Day One. We believe in hands-on instruction, which is why LTI focuses more on lab hours where you really get your hands busy, instead of lengthy classroom time. We don’t’ fill your class with foundational work like English and math. What really sets us apart is our heavy focus on the important tasks at hand: practical, on the job training that meets industry standards.

We know the value of solid training and will always work hard to make sure all our students get the personal attention, lab time and realistic industry knowledge they’ll need to start the career of a lifetime.

Start a rewarding career that meets the demands of today’s industry

Our Partners

We’re proud to train our students for a variety of partners. Our partner programs help train company’s employees to specific company standards, creating an expertly trained workforce suited to their professional tasks. Talk to us about partner programs.

  • Adams ISC
  • Clean Harbors
  • Heavy Constructors
  • Jomax
  • Merryman Excavation
  • Propipe
  • RPM Associates
  • Sinclair Refinery
  • Sunland Construction
  • Thunder Creek
  • True North Steel

Our Accreditation

Loenbro Technical Institute is the only school in the region that is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) as an Accredited Test Facility and by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Our Administration

Luke Steinmetz

Luke Steinmetz
Loenbro Technical Institute

Luke Steinmetz grew up in Dubois WY. After attending college he coached wrestling, football and track at middle and high schools, then moved on to a four year college. He then received the opportunity to become an instructor at a technical trade school. After having 30+ years experience he started Teachout Inc. to work with colleges as a consultant, that transitioned into a training and AWS Accredited Testing Facility for short term training and welder testing. In his free time he likes to fish, hunt and spend time with his family on their ranch.

Allen Cook

Allen Cook
Director of Education
Loenbro Technical Institute

Allen Cook is the Educational Director for Loenbro Technical Institute. Allen is responsible for curriculum development, training development, and apprenticeship programs. Allen is also responsible for working with the certifying bodies and accrediting agencies to ensure all LTI programs continue to meet industry standards. Allen works directly with the students in assisting them with the financial aide and getting them eligible for educational programming. Allen was born and raised in South Dakota and currently resides with his family in Sturgis, SD.

Our Faculty

Tommy Myers

Tommy Myers

Tommy Myers was born and raised in Rapid City SD. He graduated high school in 2003 from Rapid City Central High School. He started welding at the age of 18 on equipment doing repair work. He decided to make welding a career and went to Western Dakota Technical Institute for two years and received his Associates in Applied Science for Welding and Manufacturing under the instruction of Luke Steinmetz. After his first year of school at WDT he started working at what was then called Dakota Steel, now True North Steel, as a welder. He worked there through his second year of school and when he graduated from WDT he went on full time at True North Steel. He then went on to work for Hills Material after 2 ½ years at True North Steel. At Hills Materials he welded on heavy machinery for the mining industry. Towards the end of his career at Hills Materials he started teaching night classes for Luke Steinmetz at Teachout Inc. He always kept in touch with his instructor from school and in May of 2014 he came to work for Luke Steinmetz at Teachout. He achieved his CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) and CWE (Certified Welding Educator) license after two months of working at Teachout. Now, Tommy Myers is the lead welding instructor, CWI, and also does the recruiting for Loenbro Technical Institute. He married his wife Brianna in 2011 and they have 2 boys, Brayson (5) and Easton (1 ½). He loves to be outdoors with his family, hunting, fishing, playing baseball and going to rodeos. Tommmy currently holds the following certifications:
– NCCER Craft Instructor (Core Curriculum & Welding)
– D1-1 Welding Certification
– AAS Welding Technology, Western Dakota Tech
– D1-1 Welding Certification

Colter Steinmetz

Colter Steinmetz

Coltor Steinmetz was born on a ranch in Sturgis SD. His family moved to Hot Springs SD in 2007 where he graduated from Hot Springs High School in 2011. He has been welding since a sophomore in high school where him and his brother ran their own company making livetraps for a company in Belle Fourche SD. After two years of college in Dickinson ND, he got the opportunity to go work for Teachout as a welding instructor at Pine Ridge Job Corps in Chadron NE. After a year and a half instructing at Pine Ridge Job Corps he came up to Rapid City to be a welding instructor, still with Teachout but at the Rapid City Location. He feels he has gotten a lot of opportunities to grow and develop as a welder and instructor. Colter currently holds D1-1 Welding Certification.