Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (32)
I had a lot of fun during the program and mostly living in Orlando, Made many new friends and partied a lot ( this was my college experience ) I graduated in 2007 and learned a good amount about electrical diag. After graduation i got job for $10 hourly with 20k worth of loans just the same as any other type of trade school. After 2 years I moved up to $26 hr flat rate. my shop had a tech that made $40hr flat rate and he was darn good. Finally 2011 the dealer I worked at in Oxford went belly up. I would do it all over again , the school, the people, the experience. You are not going to make big money working on something that is a toy , maybe if you own your own business but not working for someone. 50k year no benefits , no vacation , no 401k, definitley no pension.
I am a 2010 MMI Graduate and at that time I was in my 50's. MMI did not help me obtain any employment in the field of my choice. Its been 6 years now and still no JOB. The Student Graduate Advisors and the EM's did not lend any helping hands or referral's to secure my employment. It was I who had to call anyone at any H.D. Dealership to interview and set my enjoyment with Harley. I enrolled for the full education with Harley but I had to only take early model H.D as I grew sick and tired of the instructors not giving me any slowed down version and explain fully what to study and learn. Therefore I will not refer anyone to attend any MMI course of study.
CHS housing is a joke I've been living with them for 9 months now and it has been nothing but a headache, I live in the over-21 program but still I get treated like I'm a kid and I get my room inspected house inspected and told what I can and can't have and who I can't have in my room I pay $700 a month for a room and have 3 other roommates that live in the same apartment , I would advise any of my Military brothers and sisters to stay away from CHS it is a waste of money and a added stressor , I would also like to say watch what the school does with your money the government gives you for school, they like to just give you whatever amount after you were told a certain amount and date.
DONT SIGN THE CAMPUS HOUSING CONTRACT UNTIL YOU SEE THE HOUSING!! "Campus housing" is 30 minutes away from the campus, and theres 2 tolls between housing and school which is $4.50 a day there and back! I loved the school, some of the teachers had a great sense of humor and made the knowledge more attractive learn. But good God almighty don't get campus housing. I REPEAT DON'T GET CAMPUS HOUSING!!!! They constantly do inspections and you're paying $500 a month to live in a 2 bed 1 bath apartment.... with 4 ppl total!! 2 ppl per room. I wanna scream just thinking about it! Aaaahhhhhhhh!! Again, great school, but get an apartment anywhere but campus housing
I graduated and got 5 job offers before I left the Orlando campus! I took one of the job starting out at 14 an hour. I guess if you come to the school and ****off you get just that when you graduate. Oh and job placement is you filling out apps and calling around not waiting on the school to do it for you!
This school sucks, You wont get a job, they blow smoke up your a** about every one student that graduates they need 4 more and if you do get a job it will be for 8 to 10 dollars a hour... so think about it, you drag a 15,000 thousand dollar toolbox into a dealership where you make 10.00 a hour and are liable for every bike you work on, for instance, somebody goes down on a bike you worked on and gets hurt or killed not only does the dealer get sued so do you. And there job placement department is a joke I never heard from them
You will not get a job after graduating from this school for more than minimum wage and you will be treated like garbage because they know this school has cranked out thousands like you. The "placement" department is a joke, no help finding you work as they only call every shop in the country to see what students might have found a job on their own so they can act like they "placed" you there. If you eventually do find a job it will be seasonal at best unless your daddy owns a shop. Do not go if you do not know someone who owns a busy shop and offers a job first.
Personally this school had helped me alot, i got here not knowing anything about motorcycle and how they work. Some stuff is true, the training aids are a bit worn down, but how much could you really learn from a prefect bike with absolutely nothing wrong with it, that would be the same as somebody coming into your shop with a brand new bike (not a thing wrong with it) and expecting them to pay you to work on it. The instructors are knowledgeable and friendly, however if you're unlucky you might get an asshole teacher, i had 1 my entire time here. As far as housing do your best to stay away from CHS housing program, it is horrible, they charge way to much for you not to be able to do whatever you want, and i have been moved 4 times in a year along with being paired up with a few assholes that they then will not help you with. CHS is a joke, if you can stay away from them do so.
I will not recommend or not recommend to you this school. I will tell you point blank about the school and allow you to ascertain whether or not you wish to attend. Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) is nothing more and nothing less than a (recognized) "For-Profit" School. They want your money plain and simple, however, what educational institution doesn't? The school has a lot of Veterans attending, does it seem like MMI targets Veterans? Perhaps, after all Veterans using the G.I. Bill to pay are a guaranteed paid for student. They claim you are an adult with emphasis on "professionalism", but treat you as if you are in the Military or back in grade school. Some of the office staff are "professional" while others are rude, guess it would depend of what type of day everyone is having like any other human being. The education curriculum is "set by the major companies; i.e.: Honda, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha", and MMI is the only recognized school by the aforementioned to learn how to work on motorcycles. Not saying there are not other schools out there, only that MMI is in bed with the Dealers. Another thing is Snap-On, MMI has a Snap-On dealer on campus and will be more than happy to sell you anything you need including financing up to 18% APR. It would seem a lot of people push that if you do not have Snap-On you won't succeed as a professional mechanic. Some things at MMI fall into the proverbial "Honey Trap"; They repaint the walls nearly every rotation (at least that what it seems) for the tours that they give of there facility (although things always look real nice on the other side of the looking glass), tell you during the admission process that upon graduation you get a thousand dollar ($1,000.00 USD) credit with Snap-On... But don't tell you that it is really Six Hundred ($600.00 USD) because of your student discount and you have to choose between certain predetermine things. Still least they can do for a thirty plus thousand education. Instructors are like any other higher education institute. You have your good ones, and you have your bad ones... You even have the ones that just collect a pay check. The training or instructional aids are something to be desired... They have been disassembled and reassembled so many times that a great majority of them are worn out. Asking for something to be replaced is met with either dismay or being told there is no replacement. For the amount of money being spent to attend, there is more than enough funds available to provide a decent learning environment. In the end the only thing I can tell you is this... If you want that "recognized" piece of paper, and you want to try and start a career in the motorcycle industry, then you will have to play by their (MMI/Dealerships) rules.
I came to this school to learn about motorcycles. I knew very little to nothing about bikes or engines before I started here. It has taught me ao much and opened my eyes to alot. I am very glad I decided to come here. They teach you every part from front to rear, the instructors are very knowledgeable and truely care and want to see you do well. However I do feel like they seem to be about getting kids in and out at times. They also have a program that works with the school called CHS, designed to help kids in different schools to find cheap quality shared housing. Its a good deal when you look at it as one on one, just your lease, but they get more money from students combined then the normal rent payment so they get you a little, but all in all its a good program if you are a responsible adult. A few of the courses could be set up a little better tools, some of the training aids are over worked, but its a very good school, lots of useful information, its just up to you to get it and use it