Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Reviews - Certificate in Motorcycle Mechanic
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
I went to school there and learn the same thing as if I worked in a shop. Oh by the way once your done with school don't think your going to help you find a job that pays more than 10.00 a hour. There turn out rate for grads who get jobs is like13% for the year. Let me go ahead and put out my email address so if someone from the school wants to ask why I put this up they can email me email@example.com. This school is trash They treat you like your in the military, there has been a time when the instructor locked the doors in the classroom and being yelled at because we were not in class before bell rang. Lol the instructor locked the door before the bell rang and act an a** because we were at the door waiting for him to unlock it. If there is anyone who is a vet and plan on using your GI Bill stay away from this school. They target a lot of us just for the money they know they will get but in this school didn't help me in my career nor didn't they help me look for a job. So don't waste your time and give away free money
Welcome to MMI Orlando were lies are told and help is hard to find. To start with plan on at least being stalled for 3 weeks (the time for each course excluding Theory and the electives). For me so far I've had to miss 6 weeks due to courses not being available. Also due to a clerical mistake I was charged $654 dollars even though I have 100% coverage under the G.I. Bill, I was told this was because of my 6 weeks of leave of absent and when that story did not add up I was told it was because of dis-enrolling the first time (like I said they are Liars. Parking is impossible and made even worse when they moved the Marine dept. to the MMI Campus so plan on fighting for a spot to park everyday. Then there is the Motorcycles you will be working on, they are crap due to over use as training aids and if you can't fix the problem and finish your task plan on getting a failing grade. Most instructors are great but there are a few that deserve to be called some choice names. Lastly and most importantly if you do decide to attend MMI at about the 8-10 week point you begin to realize that this school is not interested in your progress or well being, they are interested in your bank account and trust me they dig deep. Also before I forget there is CHS (they're student housing dept.) they will cram you sometimes 3 to a room in a small apartment to maximize profit and they also do random apartment checks (Searches) as told to me by several frustrated fellow students. So if you want to go to a school that does not care, help, educate, and love to invade your privacy then sign right up and you too can write a scathing review on gradreports.com too!!!
I was injured at work as a truck driver, they said I would not drive again so I went to mmi for a career change. I enjoyed the classes , learned a lot and found a job in phoenix well before I graduated. after a period of time we returned to the Pittsburgh area .I found work at a small bike shop and was pretty satisfied as far as the work went ,but kept missing the road as a trucker. I went for some new surgery and got back to driving. I will always use the knowledge I received from MMI. once its in there you never lose it. its not just for motorcycles , even if you never work in a bike shop the knowledge can be used in small engine repair ,boats ,auto truck, and most anything that has an engine. and the electronics pa of the classes will save you from a lot of frustration with todays electronics. I now have heart disease and was forced to retire. I can no longer work, but with the knowledge I acquired thru mmi I spend quality time working on my own projects with a good deal of satisfaction. life is short learn earn and enjoy.
The school is a very well put together with a large amount of knowledge in every classroom. I feel the need to write this because of so many bad reviews I see on the internet. A huge portion of the students at MMI are dropouts that couldn't go to college so they use MMI as a way of going to a higher level of education. These uneducated rejects fail at MMI just as they do at most things in life and immediately blame the school, for its everyone else's fault and not their own. I attended MMI last year and graduated with perfect attendance and on the directors list, which means I put a lot of effort into the knowledge I obtained. The instructors are incredibly smart and were always helpful, especially when I asked for extra work. I am nineteen years old, and I work in the number three Honda dealership in the nation. It just goes to show that people who talk trash on the school and go nowhere in life are unmotivated, and thought that merely attending the school would give them the knowledge that they needed. I had a large amount of classmates that sat and texted all day and cheated through class. Three of them now work at Walmart, if you are thinking about going to this school one bit of advice from me is, grow up.
I attended MMI in the mid 80s and 20 years later returned to work as an instructor. I taught the Harley Davidson V-Rod class and the entry level Theory class for several years and then returned to Wyoming where I am the service and parts manager for a metric dealership. MMI can teach you what you'll need to be prepared to go into a shop and continue to learn in order to be successful as a technician but it can't teach you absolutely everything in the time you'll be there. Several things I always told my students was (A) not to expect to make a lot of money as a tech. Yes, you can make a decent living but you're not going to get rich. (B) The first 5 years are the hardest. You will be at the bottom of the pay scale while still needing to buy tools and learn your trade. If you can make it through the hard years you'll have made your major mistakes, assembled a good selection of tools, and begin to make money but (C) do not go to work as a flat rate tech right out of school. You will have neither the tools nor the experience to make it working flat rate. As has already been said, you get out what you put in at MMI. If you show up everyday, work hard and ask a lot of questions you'll get your money's worth. But here's what I saw most commonly as an instructor. In an average class of 20 people about 5 students strive to get everything they can out of each class. They show up looking professional, work hard, ask a lot of questions, ask for extra projects when they have time so they can practice and learn more, accept constructive criticism when they make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. These students can become top techs and instructors always wish they had more of them in a class. The majority of the class, 10 students, show up most of the time, usually dressed properly, do their work but don't ask for more if they have time and tend to argue when they get caught making mistakes. They'll work in the industry but many times don't last and likely won't become top techs. The last 5 students show up enough not to attendance fail, do enough work to get by but never ask any questions or ask for more work, and they cry and snivel when they're caught doing sloppy work. They're only there because their parents, rehab or somebody else is paying them to be there and but have no desire to actually work in the industry. They spend all their spare time outside talking on their phones, gossiping with other slackers, and smoking. Though I am now in management, and specialized in Harley Davidsons when I was a tech, I was what is called a multi-line technician, meaning I worked on everything, motorcycles, watercraft, quads, snowmobiles, etc. Working on everything was more fun and made for better pay checks. Being a efficient, competent, and fully equipped tech allowed me to live and work all over the US and even Europe, where I spent 5+ years working in Harley shops. I haven't gotten rich but I have been able to make a decent living and enjoy what I was doing most of the time. So if you are going to go to MMI seriously consider what you want in return for the money you're going to be spending.