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Old 12-22-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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M/C mechanic schools?

Are there any in houston? is one better than another?

I am looking at going back to school so's i can get a new yob, and motorcycles are my passion. looking for a local school to possibly attend.
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:49 PM   #2
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you been watching those MMI commercials?
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:31 PM   #3
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none local that i know of... My nephew went to the one in florida.. good school..
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none local that i know of... My nephew went to the one in florida.. good school..
if your talking about mmi, it looks expensive
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MMI=UTI for bikes. same company runs them afaik. I worked with a guy that graduated from there. Its a program that will be as good as the effort you put into it, though it will cost you a lot of money, as in taking the complete course of study can easily run you $25k. Pretty sure that Orlando is the closest campus.
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Nothing local that I know of either.

A very close friend went to MMI in Arizona for 2 years before coming back to Houston to get a job. After that the various places he worked put him thru the update schools, Ducati school, Dynojet, etc...

He makes good money as a motorcycle mech. for his age in my opinion, but none of it came easy or overnight. A lot of how good you are is going to come down to being entirely up to you, how you are paid, and how many hours you can flag while doing the work right the first time around.

I'd suggest talking to someone on a personal basis who does it for a living and see if it fits in where you want to head in life.

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if your talking about mmi, it looks expensive
it is expensive.. but he can tear down a motor and put it back together in his sleep...
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if your talking about mmi, it looks expensive

very expensive. I know allot of people who have gone thru the arizona and florida programs. I asked them is it worth it? The answers i get is no MMI= More Money Institute...I know people who own a bike shop and they even say it is not worth it. People go to work there and they start them in service making about $11 hr. writing service tickets. Even have a friend who did the harley program. They are still writing tickets in service and not wrenching after a year.


Im not bashing on it by no means. True you have to like what you do to make a living. I just cant see spending $25-30 k on the school to get out and make anywhere from 25-35k a year. I would definately look into it, go visit the place and talk to some of the mechanics at the local dealerships and get the real life answers rather than the answers you wil get from a MMI sales associate. Just my .2


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this question came up on another forum and the graduates said they couldnt get work and when they did most of the mechanics that had been doing their whole life called mmi the micky mouse institute. lol they say its a joke. how much money you spend and what you actually learn. imho just get hired on at a local shop as a gopher and then learn it that way. they pay you instead of the other way around and you learn first hand. and you are building a resume. just my two cents.
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Agree.........See if you can get a jod as a service writer. That way you will spend the time learning the ins and outs of the bussiness. You will be in the back much of the time with the mechanics and will be able to wrench oil changes and go from there.


My son wanted to go there and we looked into it. The dealer he was at told us to not spend the money it is a waste. that came from the dealer them selves. just my .2
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I went to Uti, went thru 8 coarses and the only I learned was about transmitions and rear ends.

But then again I had been working on cars and motorcycles since I was 6 and had my dad (ase master tech) teah me alot and throw his books my way when I had questions.

I Not to sure about MMi though. My cousin went to mmi, graduated. And I wouldnt trust him changine my oil just from his so called (Knowledge).



I owe $13,000 in debt to uti and I really didnt learn anything that couldnt be learned from going to a junk yard, and pulling a few transmissions and rear ends apart. That and buying a few books

I went to UTI in 1998 and I didn't finish paying off my student loans till 2007 and I don't even work as a mechanic lol. It is way to much $ not worth it when I worked at Fred Haas Toyota the other techs would make fun off me saying that I wasted my $ and they call UTI Un Trained Idiots I would get mad at the time but thinking about it later they were right.
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UTI is a school? I was told it stands for Urinary Tract Infection....and I always prescribe Cipro 400mg IV q12h or 500mg PO q12h unless resistance to the quinolones.
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lol, yeah i had a feeling mmi would be similiar to uti, i'm not saying anything bad about uti but i've seen many many failures come out of uti.
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i say go get a job at a shop and learn the basics that way. if you wanna get more in depth with it then go find a job at a place that mainly builds performance bikes. after a couple years of that, you have made money, recieved a bunch of knowledge and your not in debt for 20 years.

im 23 and ive been able to build motors for the last couple of years, i just prefer not to. now the whole bike minus the motor, i can build it and have it running in a day. or take it apart in an 1 1/2 hours, and no school could have taught me that.
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What you learn in school is the basic which is how a machine works and their components. This is a basic foundation to diagnose problems. Anyone can change a plugs/parts but it takes a good tech/mech to know the problems and install it right. Before you take the school and waste your money, know this...this passion that they lured you into isn't a passion when it becomes work. You will not make money as much as they make you believe. Other then that, good luck in your endeavor.
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get a job at a shop as a porter or shop . find out how much the best guy makes. find out how long it took him to make that. then decide if that is the career you want. A guy I worked with who came out of MMI was a good mechanic (when his personal did not interfere), but I was given similar work though I never went to school for bikes, just had 6 years of working on cars (which i did not go to school for either). I still asked him a lot of questions at times, though he also asked me as well. The other motorcycle mechanics is was around felt that making 60k a year was really good money in that career though...
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get a job at a shop as a porter or shop . find out how much the best guy makes. find out how long it took him to make that. then decide if that is the career you want. A guy I worked with who came out of MMI was a good mechanic (when his personal did not interfere), but I was given similar work though I never went to school for bikes, just had 6 years of working on cars (which i did not go to school for either). I still asked him a lot of questions at times, though he also asked me as well. The other motorcycle mechanics is was around felt that making 60k a year was really good money in that career though...
porter job is minimum wages with some experience you will get $10/hour a good tech will make around $25/hour plus parts commission. The good tech is normally a top/main tech of the shop. If you are looking to make good money and you say that you are not afraid of hard work, then go to college/university. fresh fish mechanics makes $24K/year vs $30K for college graduate. The choice is yours. College graduate have more choice in jobs then being just a wrench monkey.
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