About Us

For more than 45 years, Arizona Automotive Institute has helped individuals get the training they need for the careers they want, and, even though our name says automotive, we help prepare graduates for successful careers in many disciplines, including Deisel - Heavy Truck; Heating, Air Conditioning, and Basic Refrigeration (HVAC/BR); Combination Welding & Automotive Service Technology.


Skilled technicians are the backbone of the American economy. From building this country's infrastructure to providing the maintenance that keeps America's machines and vehicles on the move, skilled technicians are in high demand.

The career training programs at our technical school in Arizona are designed to prepare you for some of today's most popular skilled trade careers. Explore our programs below and see which one best fits your interests.

Automotive Service Technology

Do you have a passion for machinery and working with your hands? If so, our auto mechanic training could be right for you. At AAI, you'll have the opportunity to learn hands-on from our experienced instructors.

Not only can you learn front-of-shop skills in customer service, you can also learn to inspect, diagnose and repair 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder foreign and domestic vehicles. Major systems are covered, including engine performance, steering and suspension, brakes and tires, electrical, and air conditioning. As an auto technician graduate, you will be ready for your new and exciting career.

Combination Welding

If you like working with your hands; with heat, flames, and sparks; and want to know that the work you do is important, combination welding might be the right career choice for you.

Our combination welding program offers you the chance to learn from experienced welding instructors in hands-on, simulated work environments. As a student, you will learn to perform shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding on a variety of metals and surfaces. These skills, along with the technical knowledge you gain in this program, give you the foundation for a rewarding career as a professional welder.

Diesel – Heavy Truck

Do you like working on big and powerful engines? With our diesel mechanic training you will learn from our experienced instructors who can teach you the hands-on skills you need to prepare you for your new career.

As a student enrolled in our Diesel - Heavy Truck program, you will learn to inspect, diagnose, service and repair diesel-powered medium and heavy-duty vehicles like semi-trucks and buses. All major systems are covered, including engine performance, transmissions, steering and suspension, brakes and tires, electrical and air conditioning.

HVAC and Basic Refrigeration

Are you a problem solver that likes to work with your hands? If so, HVAC/BR might be the right career for you. In this career field, you will have the opportunity to install, troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair a wide variety of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems and equipment.

As a student at AAI, you will get hands-on training with instructors that have real-world experience in the industry and gain the knowledge, certification and skills that employers want.

As part of this program, you can also earn your EPA certification which allows you to work with refrigerants in both residential and commercial applications.

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.

For more consumer information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the programs at AAI, please visit http://www.aai.edu/aai-disclosures.
Accreditations, Approvals and Affiliations
Quality education is important. AAI is proud to be an accredited institution, giving you confidence in our career training programs and the services we offer.
AAI is accredited by:
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 247-4212

Licensed by the Arizona State Board for Postsecondary Education
Approved by the U.S. Department of Education
Approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code
Approved training services for the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
American Welding Society Educational Association (AWS)
Arizona Private School Association (APPSA)
Automobile Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA)
Automotive Service Association (ASA)
Glendale Chamber of Commerce
National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)

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