Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Reviews
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As someone mentioned previously the plethora of knowledge that flows out of this place is truly amazing. I was able to actually LOOK at something (in my field of study) and know what I was looking at just a few weeks into the program. The courses are taught by those who've actually been IN the field and/or own their own businesses in said field.
The drawbacks though, are that the school is run like some IVY LEAGUE private school. Many of the rules are RIDICULOUS - like not being able to leave without being penalyzed in some way or another. There is also the fact that you can't miss more than 10 hours per 3 week module.
You have to get HALL PASSES just to leave class and take a whizz - C'mon now! And to top all that off they make a HUGE fuss about you coming back late from breaks or using cell phones during class time - yet it's PERFECTLY fine for the HIGH SCHOOLERS (and there is PLENTY of these guys there) sit around EVERY exit and kill off EVERYONE with their cigarette smoke.
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.
Ok, ok... so you want to go to MMI to learn how to make bikes go fast. Right? well i dont mean to disappoint, but thats not what this school is about. And if your some fresh high school grad, wanting to learn about bikes without any prior shop experience, keep looking, this school isnt for you, how ever its filled with people just like that. I myself did go to MMI right out of high school, BUT while i was in high school, i wasnt on the football field or the court, i was under the hood of a car getting real world shop experience for 5 years before attending MMI. And i have to say, some prior knowledge is REQUIRED! you cant go to MMI knowing nothing, your setting yourself up for failure. you cant build a house without a solid foundation. Right? Ok, as for my experience with MMI, it was good, i learned so much information about my elective brand (Honda) and many others. when i graduated i did not use the job placement program, i went back to my home town. Got a job at the local Polaris Dealer. within a year making over 20.00 an hour, and i assumed the position of head technician. so i purchased my own building, were i work on everything EXCEPT Polaris (to prevent argument) and now im doing pretty well. i have a nice place, drive a new truck. life is good. and i would be wrong to say that attending MMI didnt help... Because it did.
1. They have a disclaimer on their website that says they can track and see everything you do on your computer once you have made an inquiry with them on their website. 2. If you take everything Harley you will end up paying them well over 30 grand. 3. The teachers don't give you any help, and have a "f@#$ you,go figure it out youreself" kind of attitude from the beginning! I saw my teacher help a guy for over a damn hour,one guy. They do that on purpose to make money, cuz they know ur not gonna quit, you just have to go back and take the course over again and they charge you for it every time. I literally watched the whole class copy each others work in order to pass. The classrooms are overcrowded. I am talking about the Orlando campus, that place seriously needs to be federally audit. I came across alot of immature people their, the only decent students I came across were ex military. Alot of people their are on drugs. If you have you're mind made up that you are going, and ur a male, dont get into a relationship with any of the women attending, I have seen some women their walk all over some really talented people for no f'ing reason. The school is a scam if you ask me!
It is most unfortunate that I feel the need to write this. Motorcycle Mechanics Institute is a joke. I strongly suggest that you choose an educational institution, be it two or four years, than waste your time and precious money with MMI.
Sure, you learn all the basics, but if you really want to turn a wrench on a bike then I suggest applying for open postions at your local shops. You will be better off getting a real education and turning wrenches to help out with your expenses. By going to MMI, you will only incur a giant headache with your lifetime loans that you can't even pay for by working on motorcycles. DO NOT go to MMI!!! The school is a total joke! And you won't have any money.
I went to MMI about 10 years ago, and it was a great experience for me. You have to be willing to learn if you want to get anything out of it. MMI will prepaid you for work in the industry but, don't expect to get out of school and be an A level tech. The first tool I was handed at my first job after mmi was a broom. It takes time and experience in the industry to get to the top.
The staff and instructors at MMI are not there to pass you just because you paid a lot of money. They are there to help you learn. I was in classes with people who were unteachable , they thought they new more than the instructors " these men did not excel" I have worked with fresh new graduates of MMI who thought they new it all, but ended up costing the dealership thousands of dollars because they refused to listen to experienced techs.
So the bottom line is, the school will get you a start in the industry but you have to gain the experience thru time to be great. I have worked with some of the best techs in the Atlanta area to get to where I am. I have done everything from cleaning the floors to helping in sales, and parts to get where I am. I have held almost every position within a motorcycle dealership over the last 10 years. I've spent 4 years as the lead tech at a 4 line dealership and now I run my own service and parts shop.
I see a lot of reviews saying "I should have been able to open my own dealership after I graduated, but now Harley is telling me no" so you have got to get that real world experience, Unless you want to join the 800 or so dealers that don't make it a full year. Mmi cal help but it's up to you to get the experience.
this school is so not worth the money. first they told me that i would be a certified tech to work on harleys right when i graduate but come to find out when im about to graduate that i cant open my own shop and work on harleys unless i work for harley for at least one year.
second they said they would have me money from my living loan (that i pay payments on but they control when i get it) to pay my first months rent until i found a job but i didnt see money until 3 months later. third i specifically asked if i would only be learning harley and they said yes but 10 months later and for only 3 week i got to work on harleys.
forth i was chosen to be a class help so i got teased daily by the class i talked with 3 teachers and 2 councilers and nothing was done i even tried talking about the campus director and he wouldnt even give me the time of day. fifth your over all grade comes from just a paper test and not the hands on skills you have which make no sense because im a mechanic i use my hands i will only do .5% paper work in my shop. you do more paper work at mmi then hands on. sixth the teachers all think their tuff and to cool they dont help with your questions and they put everyone down. worst school ever worst staff and half the students are a joke all fake and dumb. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
You will learn everything you need to know but you will never get to use your knowledge... First of all career services WHAT A JOKE!!! You can leave 100 messages and they will not return your call or send you a list of job openings as promised and advertised. It does not matter what city you live in there are just no jobs right now.. Do not let them mislead you the motorcycle industry is not growing in this economy.
I graduated 5 years ago and have had 2 bike jobs since neither of which they helped me get. if you go good luck hope you have a better time finding a job than me.