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Over 50 Years of Excellence

At RSI, our staff of industry professionals are focused on helping you get the most out of your education and future career.

We also offer flexible scheduling, financial aid assistance, career services, student housing assistance, and we’re a military friendly school!

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Enhance your training with the new virtual reality (VR) experiences from RSI. Designed by expert welding, electrical and HVAC/R professionals for students, our VR technology enables students to practice anywhere at anytime without having to use physical tools or work in labs.

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Over 50 Years of Excellence

The Refrigeration School, Inc. was founded in Phoenix, AZ in 1965 and has since been working to train skilled HVAC/R technicians.

We offer a variety of programs and class sessions in order to fit your needs.

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HVAC/R & Welding Training On Your Terms!

  • Both day & evening classes available
  • Hands on HVAC/R & Welding training
  • Scholarships
  • Help seeking available financial aid for those who qualify
  • Faculty and staff who care
  • Career Services for graduates
  • AOS degree course credits accepted by University of Phoenix

RSI Graduates Are In-Demand

RSI can train you for a successful career in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVAC/R), solar, electrical technology and welding. This industry is vital on a global scale for climate control, refrigeration, and electrical services.

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Over 10,000¹
Graduates
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91%³
Overall Employment Rate
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$50,070²
Annual Mean Wage

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Accredited School, ACCSC. Licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Post Secondary Education. The AOS/MME program is the Associate of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering degree program and is not an academic degree. GI Bill® Eligible (check with local campus for specific eligibility). For more information about our programs, please visit our website at: https://www.rsi.edu/about-rsi/regulatory-information/.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Financial aid and scholarships available to those who qualify. Candidates need to refer to the scholarship information page to determine topic of essay (where applicable) and must meet all regular admissions requirements and be scheduled to start training prior to applying for a scholarship. If a student changes his/her re-enter date, the scholarship award may be forfeited. Scholarships are not transferable and most scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship RSI offers. In most cases, only one award will be given per student. If a student is eligible for multiple scholarships, the scholarship that is most beneficial to the student will be awarded. Scholarships will be distributed incrementally over the entire duration of the program. Scholarship eligibility requires continuous enrollment. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may result in the probation and possible loss of scholarship. Termination from training may also result in the loss of a scholarship, which may increase your tuition obligation to RSI. Tuition charges will be based on the amount reflected on your Enrollment Agreement. See the reverse side of your Enrollment Agreement or the School Catalog for the school’s refund policy.

* According to 2019 IPEDS data RSI has the largest total enrollment of students for all post-secondary schools in the U.S. offering both CIP codes Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering and HVAC/R Engineering Technology/Technician.

** https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

1 Total number of estimated graduates for RSI calculated based on historic data available as of 12/17/21.

***, 2 Welding BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers (514121) in Arizona is $46,870 and the Phoenix Area $46,740. Average starting salaries for Welding Specialist at RSI $41,548 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. HVAC/R BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) in Arizona is $49,100 and the Phoenix Area $50,070. Average starting salaries for Refrigeration Technologies at RSI is $37,078 and Electro-Mechanical Technologies is $39,001 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. Electrician BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Electricians (472111) in Arizona is $50,270 and the Phoenix Area $49,620. Average starting salaries for Electrical Applications at RSI is $38,022 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. Mechanical Maintenance Engineering: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Mechanical Engineering Technicians in Arizona is $62,400 and the Phoenix Area $63,880. Average starting salaries for AOS in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering (avg. for online & on-ground) at RSI is $50,533 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. Construction Laborer Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Construction Laborers (472061) in Arizona is $39,520 and in the Phoenix area $40,770. All BSL Stats reported as of May 2020. http://data.bls.gov/oes

3 For students who started and completed their training during the 12-month period for which 150% of normal time for completion has elapsed and who attained employment in their field of study as outlined on our annual accreditation report dated July 1, 2021. Refer to the most current Student Right-to-know Information for more details on calculation details https://www.rsi.edu/wp-content/uploads/rsi-right-to-know.pdf

4 AWS Welding Employment Stats: https://weldingworkforcedata.com/ Welding Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 5,520 and Phoenix employed 4,060 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (514121). HVAC/R Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 10,000 and Phoenix employed 7,860 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanical and Installers (4999021). Electrician Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 13,650 and Phoenix employed 10,840 Electricians (472111). Mechanical Engineering Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 1,060 and Phoenix area employed 840 Mechanical Engineering Technicians (173027). BLS data is reported through May 2020 http://data.bls.gov/oes.

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