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The Refrigeration School

About The Refrigeration School

The Refrigeration School (RSI) has trained individuals to become professional, entry-level Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians since 1965. RSI has since expanded its training and now offers multiple career-focused training opportunities. RSI’s instructors are experienced industry professionals. RSI’s training programs are designed based on industry feedback to meet employers’ needs. RSI promotes a student-centric learning environment to support the learner who desires to put forth a great deal of effort to achieve his or her desired professional goals.

The RSI campus which is easily accessible from all parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, includes two buildings with 21,000 square feet of classroom, lab, and support service facilities. An additional 5,400 square feet of outdoor shop area brings the total to over 26,000 square feet of training facilities.

We at RSI want to ensure that your education experience is a rewarding one. Please note that RSI offers ample support to all its students. We wish you the best in achieving your educational and professional goals.

Electro-Mechanical Technologies

The Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program contains nine (9) courses, 38 weeks for day students or 58 weeks for evening students, and 36 semester credit hours. The objective of the EMT program is to train and prepare students for entry as service and maintenance technicians in jobs that utilize technologies employed in the fields of air conditioning (both heating and cooling), and refrigeration. Students completing this program should have an understanding of mechanical and electrical principles and will have practical exposure to diagnosing, servicing and repairing common types of problems in related equipment. Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a Diploma.

Electrical Technologies

The objective of this 3-5 month* program is to train and prepare students for entry as new construction and maintenance electricians. Students learn to install and maintain electrical equipment for residential and commercial structures as well as read blueprints and create job estimates. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should have an understanding of electrical principles, the National Electric Code (NEC) and how these apply to common buildings and facilities. A student will also have practical exposure to installation techniques, diagnostics, service and repair of electrical systems.

Electrical Technologies Program at RSI:

  • Day and evening classes available
  • Offers program completion in just 3-5 months*
  • Incorporates real-world training with hands-on curriculum
  • Includes training in the National Electric Code (NEC)

Electrician Career Options:

  • Maintenance Electrician
  • New Construction Electrician
  • Power Plant Field Technician
*Length pertains to graduating in normal time

Mechanical Maintenance Engineering

What can you do in 15 months?

RSI’s 15 month Associate of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Degree program includes the completion of the on campus Electro-Mechanical Technologies program.

The remaining coursework for the Associate of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Program is available online or on-campus.

Mechanical Maintenance Engineering covers a broad spectrum of potential employment options. In addition to the options which are open to Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technicians and Electricians, graduates of this maintenance training would be likely candidates for entry level into industrial and institutional maintenance engineering positions, industrial refrigeration service and other career paths which require maintenance and service of large, complex systems.

Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Career Opportunities:

  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Engineer/Technician
  • HVAC/R Service Technician
  • HVAC/R Installation Technician
  • Refrigeration Service Technician
  • Refrigeration Installation Technician
  • Low-Temperature Field Technician
  • Restaurant & Retail Refrigeration Technician
  • Commercial Refrigeration Technician
  • Solar Panel Technician
  • Power Plant Field Technician
  • Solar Thermal Repair Technician
  • Solar Panel Installer
  • Solar Systems Troubleshooter
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Engineer/Technician
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Boiler Operator

Electrical Applications

The Electrical Applications program at RSI trains students in the fundamentals of the following:

  • Mechanical and electrical principles
  • Residential and commercial wiring applications
  • Voice, video and data cabling systems
  • The application on motors, lighting, devices and various types of transformers

Students will receive a Diploma after successfully completing this program.

In as little as 7 months, you’ll be trained with the skills necessary to enter the electrical industry as an electrician. Here are some of the career opportunities that await you:

  • Residential Electrician
  • Commercial Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Solar Panel Installer
  • Maintenance Electrician

The Refrigeration School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.


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/.

Campus Location

4210 E Washington Street




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