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Why Choose AAI for your Trade School Education

Why Choose AAI for your Trade School Education

For more than 45 years, AAI has helped students get the career development training to prepare for a variety of trade careers. We prepare our students for successful careers in combination welding, automotive services, diesel and heavy truck maintenance, construction and trades management, electrical, and HVAC and basic refrigeration.

Small Class Size

We want our students to be able to get the individual attention and assistance they deserve in their career training. We keep our class sizes small to ensure students get one-on-one training time with instructors.


Hands-on Learning

When working in a technical trade, classroom education alone just won’t cut it. We combine traditional education with on-the-job simulated training so you have experience working in an environment similar to those you’ll work at in the future.


Affordable Education

AAI is an affordable education option for vocational trades. Each new student is able to sit down with our financial advisors and learn about financial aid, scholarships and grants that help fund their future dreams. *Financial aid is available for those who qualify.


Support Beyond Graduation

AAI is here to get your career in the trade industry started, but our support doesn’t stop once you’ve completed your program. Our alumni and career services department help you build connections and network for new opportunities long after you’ve wrapped up your studies.

An Accredited Education

We always aim to provide the highest-quality education for trade-based careers. We maintain a number of accreditations and memberships to nationally recognized organizations.


Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 247-4212

Arizona Automotive Institute
6829 N. 46th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
(Branch of Miller-Motte College Chattanooga, TN Campus)

State Approvals & Licenses

AAI maintains licensure to offer postsecondary vocational programs.

Arizona State Board For Postsecondary Education
AAI is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Postsecondary Education to offer postsecondary vocational programs.

Veterans Training and Vocational Rehabilitation
AAI has selected programs approved for Veterans training under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code.

AAI is approved for training services for the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.


In addition to accreditation, AAI maintains a number of memberships with local and national organizations related to our training programs.

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

Our History

Arizona Automotive Institute (AAI) was founded in October 1968. In the fall of 1981, AAI became part of National Education Corporation, Irvine, California. In June of 1997, Harcourt General Incorporated, Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts, acquired AAI. In April of 1999, AAI became part of ATI Enterprises of Florida, Inc. In 2004, the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Basic Refrigeration program was added. In 2009, Combination Welding was added. 

In August 2014, AAI and STVT – San Antonio both became branch campuses of Platt College, 3801 S. Sheridan, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145, which was acquired by STVT – AAI Education Inc. In 2021 AAI became a branch campus of Miller-Motte College Chattanooga, TN.

Throughout these changes, AAI has remained on its original site and retains its original commitment to helping our students find vocational careers.

Our Mission

The mission of Arizona Automotive Institute is to inspire and empower individuals through education and skill development. To accomplish this mission, we utilize our core values as a blueprint to create an environment centered on the personal and professional development of students, employees, and employers. The Arizona Automotive Institute Core Values utilized to create positive experiences are grounded in:

  • Integrity
  • Customer Service
  • Innovation
  • Growth

Are You Ready for Your New Career?

We’re here to help you train for your dream career, not just your next job. If you are ready to start the next chapter of your life and looking for the technical school that will get you there, Arizona Automotive Institute is ready to help.