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post #1 of 8 Old 11-23-2007, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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As you may know I had that bad wreck. I probably wont be going back to my old job due to the type of work it was.. very demanding physical work..plastering. I am thinking about going to school to become a motorcycle mechanic and was considering MMI(Motorcycle mechanic institute) in Orlando .The cost of the school is like 21,000..... whew....alot of money but its supposed to be really good.. has anyone here gone to that school or thought about it? they have one in Arizona to.. And I cant decide on what type of bike I want to specialize in.. My heart tells me Honda.. But even though Harley is my least fav. They have a ton of shops here in Fla. Just stuff for me to think about I guess.. Any input would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-23-2007, 02:34 PM
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I have had several friends that have gone to this school (Arizona) and all have found work very shortly after leaving . One of my friends did Honda and Suzuki, he said the basics were the same . Lot of money but if its something you like to do and can make money at it I say go for it!! Good luck

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Go to school for H-D. That's job security...

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Frankly, I'd go to the various shops in your area and talk to the service managers about employment opportunities for graduates of the MMI school before jumping in with both feet.
When I was working at a Honda shop we hired two graduates from MMI: one was without a doubt the worst mechanic I'd ever had the displeasure to work with and only lasted three days, while the other was the sharpest, despite claiming he had never even thought about being a motorcycle tech before attending the MMI school. He only stayed with us for a couple months before being hired away by Yamaha, and ended up wrenching for the factory 500 GP team in Europe.
What it boils down to is it strictly depends on your motivation and applying what they teach you: they will give you the knowledge but it's up to you to apply it.
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I would go for it...everythign happens for a reason so maybe thats why it happen, I had a friend who went to the Orlando School and he is wrenching in the AMA right now I would go and sell yourself out to get that dream job!! Good luck! I am in Tampa so I can say I have heard good things about the school in Orlando

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I keep seeing a lot of commercials for Wyotech. Are they any good? Just throwing it out there.

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post #7 of 8 Old 11-24-2007, 06:40 AM
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I went through MMI's marine program. I was at the same 'campus' as their Moto program. To sum it up:

Several very knowledgeble teachers and a few that didn't have the skill to make it on the outside.

Lots of stuff to work on and specialty tools that were in reasonable shape even though they had been played with by the inexperienced.

I came away with good basic skills and enough training to impress shop managers during an interveiw.

Snap-on offers grads some deep discounts on tools.

On the down side:

They offer job placement, but I felt the people doing it were very weak and ineffective. You will get more and better results looking yourself.

The courses are 'designed to pass' style and you may find yourself bored every now and then.

It was expensive.

Overall it was a possitive experience and might open some doors that would be closed to you otherwise.

Unfortunately for me, the chase for the big $'s forced me back to my old career. Although I still get panic calls from the middle of the Atlantic to keep my skills sharp.

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-24-2007, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by RidgeRunner View Post
Go to school for H-D. That's job security...
+1! They need a lot of mechanics! Best regards for whatever you focus on!

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