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Old 05-12-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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i love bikes and its a hobby i love to do. working as a technician for a team? this is one job i wish i can do. i might go all the way and go to MMI to get certified . anyone has any experience after getting certified and who do you do?

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Old 05-12-2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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If you wanna a tech for a top race team, get a CDL. It'll help your chances.

that's what i've heard anyways.
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they always get exclusive kicks that only release to the team and friends/family
most likely the most erotic reason to want to be a bad bike tech
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lol well its like a bonus becuase your working for your favorite brand. those shoes the get go on ebay for bout 2-3k a pair. but thats not the main reason. i would work for any team. always a fan of team sports
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There are many ways to get there. I've known many mechanics over the years that worked for top teams. It is hard work. You have to be a go getter. What does that mean? You actually have to know a little something and get your name and face around the pits. Around a team. And when the right moment comes along, you jump on it. But, you have to start somewhere. And a good somewhere is right here in Houston. Get a job at a local dealership, start racing, or at least hanging out at the track and offering services. Get with someone that does national races. Learn that bike, know that bike. You wouldn't believe how many national riders come out of the CMRA...

Example: Dave Sanders - Chassis Technician for 2010 Rockstar Makita Suzuki Blake Young

He was a Snap-On dealer in Houston. Worked his way through a couple of teams and this is where he is now. No MMI schooling that I know of. Just hard work and determination.
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good advice. still wondering what i wanna major in. graduating from highschool in 2 weeks
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I would not spend my hard earned money on MMI(more money institute)

My son wanted to do that and after eading and studying up on it he said NO
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:51 PM   #9
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yeah thats just one school. theres many to choose from
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im just speaking my .2

We looked at several of the schools and decided not to do it. For what you learn, no way. Get a tool box, start changing oils, and looking for local work. Get them to get you in school and become certified. You will spend allot less. trust me.
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Dude if you are able to go to school and get a degree in something usefull then do it! Dont waste your time and money to learn to work on bikes.. Keep it a hobby once you work on them for a while then the hobby part fades away...Keep motorcycles your hobby.... You can make decent money as a tech with the experience however you can make a lot more with a degree and a better career.
sure wish I went to college... Mabye then I would still like motorcycles
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I hired an MMI grad for our shop once.......

Dude couldn't change a spark plug without help. Being a tech on a race team typically isn't a full time job. I was on a pit crew at Daytona a few years back, but it was a volunteer kinda thing. (awesome experience though) Houston Terrell is right, working for a dealership will eventually kill your passion for bikes. I enjoy what I do more than I would probably enjoy most jobs, but I never ride anymore.
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If you're dead set on it, there is a program at Tulsa Technical. It costs about a tenth of what MMI does. It will teach you what you need to know to get started.

Diagnostic skills on the other hand are acquired with experience.
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jordans are trash my 2 cents i gone through 2 pairs while DC keeps going and going.....
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If you want to make money then get a college degree in business or engineering or both. A lot of the guys working for the factory teams are engineers with advanced degrees and have lots of theoretical as well as practical knowledge.
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Dude couldn't change a spark plug without help. Being a tech on a race team typically isn't a full time job. I was on a pit crew at Daytona a few years back, but it was a volunteer kinda thing. (awesome experience though) Houston Terrell is right, working for a dealership will eventually kill your passion for bikes. I enjoy what I do more than I would probably enjoy most jobs, but I never ride anymore.
hey can I pick up bolts in your shop? I just want to be around. Learn some stuff. Ya know? I make enough with my job. Will do it for free.
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He was a Snap-On dealer in Houston. Worked his way through a couple of teams and this is where he is now. No MMI schooling that I know of. Just hard work and determination.
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Engineering is the way to go. You can build and create anything any team wants and needs. Look at the top teams in any motorsport almost everyone has an engineering background.
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