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Explore the Program

We know the benefits of great welding training! Welding is a thriving career that can set you up for a lifetime of success. Salaries for professional welders range from $26,000 to $80,000 per year, depending on experience and location. (Source: PayScale Salary Survey)

Jobs available to qualified welders include:

  • Welder, welding technician or welding inspector
  • Plumber, pipefitter or steamfitter
  • Structural metal worker
  • Sheet-metal worker
  • Structural metal fabricator and fitter

What We Offer

LTI offers 6- to 12-week courses in beginning and advanced welding technology. We provide students with the skills they’ll need for shielded metal arc welding, oxygen fuel cutting, fabrication techniques and more. Students who successfully complete the programs are tested and certified to industry standards and have the qualifications to obtain a well-paying career in the welding industry. See the course catalog for a full course description, policies and fee schedules.

Want to see LTI in person? Visit our Rapid City location for a full tour and to discuss your future in welding. Contact us to set up a tour.

Programs Include:

  • Welding Technology I
  • Welding Technology II
  • Advanced Welding Techniques I
  • Advanced Welding Techniques II

Admission Requirements

An application for admission is required and payment is due before you begin a course. You can apply online or call our office at 605-716-0856 to be mailed an application. You can also visit our offices to pick up an application.

Program Costs and Assistance

Course Length Cost
Welding Tech I 6 weeks $6,360
Welding Tech II 6 weeks
Advanced Welding Techniques I 6 weeks $3,180
Advanced Welding Techniques II 6 weeks $3,180

LTI works hard to keep the cost of training affordable. Fees are charged at registration. Students can enter into a payment plan with LTI. The program cost can be split into two equal payment installments, with the first payment due on or before the first day of class. You must set up this payment plan in advance with LTI. Please contact us to get started.

A full schedule of fees can be found in the course catalog.

Financial assistance is available through the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA), Vocational Rehabilitation, United Sioux Tribes, and private lenders. LTI can provide information to lenders, as needed, but does not participate in the Federal Financial Assistance program at this time. Once our next-level accreditation is completed, we will be available to offer Federal Financial Aid through FAFSA. If you need help finding financial assistance to attend LTI, please talk to our office staff, who will be happy to help.


We have an extensive network of industry contacts and they know the quality of students we teach at LTI. We can help you to become a member of the workforce and we’re very proud of our 98% job placement record. We can help you with resume development, job applications and job interviewing skills after you complete your coursework.

If you have more questions about LTI, our courses, how to apply or costs, please contact our office. Our office is open 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. We’re always happy to help.

About Rapid City

LTI is located near downtown Rapid City, a vibrant town of nearly 80,000 residents. We have a bustling downtown with great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Thinking of moving here? Rapid City offers a variety of housing options, plenty of things to do and see and was honored as one of the Top 100 in Livability’s rankings of Best Places to Live in 2016.

In Rapid City, you’re surrounded by natural beauty as well as history, with Mount Rushmore National Landmark, the Black Hills, Badlands National Park and much more to explore. Love the great outdoors? This is a place you can enjoy all year-round, with hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and more. Like a down-home city lifestyle? Rapid City is the hub of activity for the area and offers plenty to keep you occupied when you’re not in school.

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Interested in LTI? Here’s why you should apply…

  • Quality education
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Affordable tuition
  • 98% job placement

  • Experienced faculty
  • Industry-specific training
  • Financial assistance possible
  • Custom training packages

Start a career that’s in demand in today’s industry!


  • “With LTI I was able to learn the skills I needed by working in the shop on a daily basis instead of sitting in a classroom.”

    – Jason, LTI student

  • “I was able to start my welding program immediately…I did not have to wait months to start.”

    – Taylor, LTI student

  • “I have been able to learn welding techniques which have helped me to improve my welding skills to become a better welder and find a job.”

    – Clayton, LTI student

  • “I liked that I was able to affordably earn up to four welding certifications in only a few weeks.”

    – Sawyer, LTI student