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Loenbro Technical Institute: Where it all Started…

LTI trains students so they can begin a profitable and rewarding career as a welder.

The school was founded in 2012 in Rapid City, South Dakota.  After several successful years, the school was acquired in 2016 by Loenbro, Inc. and renamed the Loenbro Technical Institute. As trained welders themselves, Loenbro owners Jon and Paul Leach know the value of quality technical instruction. LTI was designed to train dedicated individuals to fill the growing demand for qualified structural and pipe welders in the construction and manufacturing industries.

LTI trains students so they can begin a profitable and rewarding career in the field of welding.

The school was founded in 2012 in Rapid City, South Dakota as TeachOut Inc. After several successful years, the school was acquired in 2016 by Loenbro, Inc. and renamed the Loenbro Technical Institute. As trained welders themselves, Loenbro owners Jon and Paul Leach know the value of quality technical instruction. LTI was designed to train dedicated individuals to fill the growing demand for qualified structural and pipe welders in the construction and manufacturing industries.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing our students with a solid training program in the field of welding. 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
  • 98% job placement
  • Experienced faculty

Our Location

Loenbro Technical Institute is located in Rapid City, South Dakota. We serve the region with a training facility which includes lab, office and classroom space with dedicated welding booths as well as cutting, grinding and prep areas.

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.

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How We’re Different

Loenbro Technical Institute prides itself on producing fully-trained and educated welders, ready to join the work force 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 time with foundational work like English and math. What really sets us apart is our heavy focus on the important tasks at hand: welding!

We know the value of solid welding 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 trusted welders for a variety of partners. Our partner programs help train company’s employees to specific company standards, creating expertly trained welders perfectly 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).

LTI is also currently seeking accreditation through the Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). We know that this next-level accreditation will help our students by providing more financial assistance opportunities as well as help our school grow — including providing for more lab space and course offerings.

Our Administration

Paul Leach

Paul Leach

President
Loenbro, Inc.

Jon Leach

Jon Leach

Vice-President
Loenbro, Inc.

Luke Steinmetz

Luke Steinmetz

President
Loenbro Technical Institute

Allen Cook

Allen Cook

Director of Education
Loenbro Technical Institute
Oglala Lakota College
– Bachelor of Science

Our Faculty

Travis Havener

John “Travis” Havener

Education & Training Specialist
Instructor
– D1-1 Welding Certification

Tommy Myers

Tommy Myers

Instructor
– CWI/CWE
– NCCER Craft Instructor (Core Curriculum & Welding)
– D1-1 Welding Certification
– AAS Welding Technology, Western Dakota Tech

Colter Steinmetz

Colter Steinmetz

Instructor
– D1-1 Welding Certification