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The Refrigeration School


The Refrigeration School (RSI) has trained individuals to become professional heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians since 1965. RSI has since expanded its offering of programs to include additional career-focused training opportunities, including solar installation. The Refrigeration School added the electrical technologies and electro-mechanical technologies courses in 1986 and 1987 respectively, to respond to the growing demand for entry-level electricians and facility maintenance technicians. In 1992, the school developed the associate of occupational studies degree program in mechanical maintenance engineering.

Students are given the tools they are likely to need to succeed in the professional workplace, and are allowed ample practice time using modern equipment, such as the E-STAR and M-STAR systems. The school's career-focused curriculum offers hands-on training with an emphasis on troubleshooting, and their highly experienced instructors guide trainees toward mastery.

RSI’s instructors are experienced industry professionals. 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. There is an additional 5,400 square feet of outdoor shop area.

Graduates who are dedicated to learning are likely to find that the techniques, technology and problem-solving attitudes honed at a reputable technical school can provide a solid foundation for a rewarding career.

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Points of Distinction

  • Located in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Hands-on skills training
  • Over 26,000 square foot facility
  • Associate degree in mechanical maintenance engineering available
  • Programs last 3-15 months (Program length varies according to the specific program and to graduating in a normal time.)
  • Career services available


RSI's faculty members care about student progress and success, and they use their industry experience to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the job market. Instructors employ a combination of lecture and shop classes with a major emphasis on "hands-on" training. The school uses industry feedback to sculpt their curriculum in an attempt to prepare students to meet employer needs.

Student Life

The Refrigeration School, Inc. is a commuter school and does not offer on-campus housing for students. However, the school has partnered with EDUrent to help students find housing and potential roommates. The Career Services Department assists students with resumes, interview techniques and job searches. RSI also offers housing assistance, GED training and financial aid for those who qualify.

Financial Aid Information:

Type of Aid

Percent receiving aid

Any student financial aid184%
Grant or scholarship aid71%
Federal grants65%
Pell grants65%
Other federal grants20%
State/local government grant or scholarships4%
Institutional grants or scholarships36%
Student loan aid70%
Federal student loans69%
Other student loans1%

All Undergraduate Students:

Type of Aid

Percent receiving aid

Grant or scholarship aid171%
Pell grants64%
Federal student loans66%
Any student financial aid182%
Grant or scholarship aid73%
Federal grants65%
Pell grants65%
Other federal grants18%
State/local government grant or scholarships5%
Institutional grants or scholarships32%
Student loan aid67%
Federal student loans66%
Other student loans


1 includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.


  • Electrical Technologies
  • Welding Specialist
  • Refrigeration Technologies & HVACR Training
  • Electro-Mechanical Technologies
  • Mechanical Maintenance Engineering


  1. Home Page, Refrigeration School Inc., http://www.refrigerationschool.com/
  2. Programs, Refrigeration School Inc., http://www.refrigerationschool.com/programs/
  3. About RSI, Refrigeration School Inc., http://www.refrigerationschool.com/about-rsi/
  4. Accreditation, Refrigeration School Inc., http://www.refrigerationschool.com/about-rsi/accreditation/
  5. Student Housing Assistance, Refrigeration School Inc., http://www.refrigerationschool.com/about-rsi/student-housing-assistance/
  6. Why Students Choose RSI, Refrigeration School Inc., http://www.refrigerationschool.com/about-rsi/why-students-choose-rsi/
  7. About Career Services at RSI, Refrigeration School Inc., http://www.refrigerationschool.com/about-career-services/

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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