Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Reviews - Certificate in Motorcycle Mechanic

3.22 out of 5 stars
(34 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $28,900
62% of 34 students said this degree improved their career prospects
68% of 34 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
MMI Phoenix Alumni - 4/6/2014
Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dr.Tramp - 2/11/2014
Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
Graduation Year: 1987
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/25/2013
Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
Graduation Year:
"I am currently enrolled in MMI of Phoenix and to sum it up in a nutshell. It is what you make it. The teachers are great and do alot to help you learn. I have been here 10 months so I do feel I can make a determination as to the education you get. If you think you are going to get out of school and go make alot of money as a mechanic you better do your homework. Mechanics do not make alot of money and it is not there fault. They are there to teach motorcycles not tell you how much you will make. I am doing it as a hobby not a carreer. I did that already so the school is teaching me what I came here for. It is recommended though if you want to learn how do mechanic period. Not make a fortune. It is not there job to get you a job. I noticed alot of reviews on this site and the ones that are downing the school do not even know to use a capital I when speaking of themselves. Go figure. I support the school and rules. I think the rules are good. All good schools need rules. Yes they need your money to operate so pay up if you want to go. It is a good school and the teachers are great."
2.0 out of 5 stars
reed harlow - 9/5/2013
Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
Graduation Year: 2010
"Mmi of phoenix is a joke. Student services is an absolute nightmare. Good luck gettin things right with those idiots. I could spend all day talking about how they'll screw you over. Mmi didn't do anything but fax a resume to dealers and they call it job placment. . . They are not going to help you. After you graduate they have what they want. Your money and they wont give a damn about you. This was the biggest mistake of my life. If you have any bit of mechanical know how then don't go here because its a big waste of money and time. 99% of people work on their on bikes. The only thing the public wants are tire changes. I've been working by myself for three years. If its not tires. they need its an electrical problem which has been rigged up fubared. There is money to be made but not with dealers. Mmi does not teach the most imporant thing about being a tech and I'm not going to say it but mmi is a business in the business of getting your money."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 5/19/2013
Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
Graduation Year: 2008
"I attended this school 5 years ago with the idea that i might make a career out of this industry and also make a decent living which is what this school makes you think is going to happen when you first arrive. The fact of the matter is that there is no Motorcycle mechanic jobs out there that are going to pay you more than 15.000 to maybe 18.000 a year which is no where near enough to support a family let alone even a single person comfortably you will struggle and you will never live a decent life. And for those thinking they will open there own shop good luck more hassle than it's worth remember your working on someones toys not there necessities so they will only pay when they have the extra cash. So back to mmi now the schools instructors are great they help you out alot and know there stuff can't say enough about them but aside from that the whole school is terrible... so if your cool about being poor and struggling the rest of your life just so you can lIVE THE DREAM!!! as they will tell you then by all means go for it because the only dream your going to live is the dream of just being able to make it by and this goes not only for mmi but for any school like it there is no difference they all lie.. Don't fool yourself it's the money that keeps people working everyday at least get into a career that will keep your head above water because when you get your very first pay check from whatever dealer you start working for you will then realize that living the dream is actually a nightmare....."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 4/15/2013
Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
Graduation Year: 2007
"MMI is a great school if you want to learn from the best got to MMI. They have all the resources from the manufactures. When it comes to Motorcycles MMI is second too none."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 3/6/2013
Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
Graduation Year:
"As i read through these reviews i can't help but think where these people went, as a current MMI student I can tell you what i notice1. Campus is nice, parking is sketchy especially when class lets out, equipment and training aids could be somewhat better, but face it, they are torn down and rebuilt by students just like you so for the purpose they are for they work.2. overall grade is not based off of just paper test (in theory classes yes it is) grading goes off of attendance, professionalism, lab work (majority of grade) and tests.3. If you dont have any mechanical aptitude and just think working on cycles will be neat or fun... this is not a place for you... you have to be able to hold a wrench and know what it is for in order to have any type of clue. 4. the instructors are pretty cool, they will help you if you need it5. i cant speak for student services and financial aid, however if you are a Vet they pre submit your tuition claim and amend it so you get your BAH on time.6. the rules are a bit extreme, however think of what you want to do and the fact that if you screw up someone could lose their lifeOverall i would say it is a good school, like any educational institution it is what you make of it, if you're there to show up and get the paper, good luck, if you are willing to learn and do things their way, it will work out. the only downfall is, if you have any experience it will get a little bit boring (mostly during theory) and having these young kids out of high school who screw around. just stay focused and you'll do fine When it comes to employment, you are not guaranteed anything, if you want that job badly, you will set it up, be presentable, and go for it."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Josiah - 1/2/2013
Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
Graduation Year: 2013
"As with all parts of life, there will always be people that don't want to work for anything, yet have everything. Mmi is no different. From day one the entire staff is helpful and informative. They never make promises as grandiose as those mentioned above. I have had one teacher that didn't seem to like teaching but everyone else has been helpful, informative and did their best to teach me as much as possible. I do, however, show up on time everyday and try to make the most out of my money well spent. It's all about the individual. If you want to learn, Mmi will give everything you need to become an entry level tech. If not, stay home because no shop will want you either. P.s. after basic theory all class work is hands on only."