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About Arizona Automotive Institute

We understand you have options when it comes to vocational colleges and technical education, but we believe our career training programs make a difference in the lives of students in Arizona. Students at AAI receive training from instructors to enhance their skill set, gain experience, and develop both individually and professionally. Ultimately, we look to prepare our graduates for careers in their field of study.

We look forward to sharing the AAI experience with you.

Technical & Vocational Training in Arizona

We will help you find a program that fits your interests. From the moment you contact us about our skilled trade programs, we will begin working with you to get you the information to make the right decision about your future. 

Automotive Service Technology

The Automotive Service Technology (AST) diploma program is designed to prepare the student for an entry‐ level career in the automotive service industry. Classes combine theory with practical application of hands‐ on job skills. All AST courses focus on the use of hand and specialty tools and emphasize equipment and shop safety procedures. AAI prepares students to sit for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams and the EPA 609 A/C Technician certification test*.

Combination Welding

The Combination Welding (CW) diploma program is designed to equip the graduate with skills and knowledge in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), flux‐cored arc welding (FCAW) and plasma arc cutting (PAC). Through classes that combine theory with practical application of hands‐on skills, AAI prepares students to take welding certification exams meeting the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards*. All shop courses review the use of hand and specialty tools and emphasize equipment and shop safety.

Diesel – Heavy Truck

The Diesel‐Heavy Truck (DHT) diploma program is designed to prepare the student for a career in the diesel medium‐heavy truck technician industry. Classes combine theory with practical application of hands‐on job skills. All courses go over the use of hand and specialty tools and emphasize equipment and shop safety procedures. AAI prepares students to sit for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams, the EPA 609 A/C Technician certification test and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Training Certification*.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Basic Refrigeration

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Basic Refrigeration (HVAC & BR) diploma program is designed to prepare the student for an entry‐level position in the residential and commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration fields. Classes combine theory with practical application of hands‐on job skills. Shop courses include study in the use of hand and specialty tools and emphasize equipment and shop safety procedures as well as customer service skills. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be prepared to sit for Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) technician certification exams and EPA section 608 certification*.

*AAI does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AAI but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AAI. Therefore, AAI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

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 August 2014. 

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 STVT‐AAI Education, Inc. (STVT‐AAI) is to advance the personal and professional opportunities of students, employees, and employers in a value‐driven environment. 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 STVT‐AAI Core Values utilized to create positive experiences are grounded in: 

  • Integrity
  • Customer Service
  • Innovation
  • Growth

Our Focus

AAI strives to improve and update our technical education programs to keep up with changes in the industries in which we train. As a result, we meet twice a year with Program Advisory Committees (PAC) made up of employers from the industry and the surrounding community. These Committees review results of graduate and employer surveys, review current industry trends, and give feedback and recommendations for updates to programs that the school considers for implementation.

Get Started Today!

If you are looking for an Arizona training center for welding or another trade, including HVAC, diesel heavy truck training, or automotive service technology, take the first step toward your new career by contacting us today. No matter where you are in your journey for higher education, we encourage you to contact us. We can answer your questions and show you why AAI is a respected vocational school in Arizona.