Motorcycle Tech Training at Universal Technical Institute

If your dream career involves working on motorcycles of any type, you may be surprised to learn that you need to get formal training. Sure, there's a slim possibility that you might know someone who can give you the "hookup" in a small garage, but for a better chance at a successful career as a motorcycle tech, you'll need to get an education.

The Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) can give you just that. The Motorcycle Mechanics Institute is just one of the divisions of the Universal Technical Institute. MMI has two campuses - one is located at 9751 Delegates Drive in Orlando, Florida and the other is located at 2844 West Deer Valley Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Both campuses are equipped with the same tools and systems you will eventually use when you're out of school working as a technician.

While in the Motorcycle Technology core program, you will have the opportunity to learn how to work on the transmissions, suspensions, engines, and electrical systems of bikes from various manufacturers. At the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute not only will you learn the basics you will need as a motorcycle tech, but you can also further your education through their manufacturer programs. Having manufacturer-specific training can significantly increase your chances of landing a great job after you've completed the program. After completing the Motorcycle Technology core program, you can then pick a manufacturer-specific elective to focus your attention. Manufacturer programs offered at MMI include BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Harley-Davidson.

The BMW MotorRad program is endorsed by BMW. The 12-week program is offered at the Phoenix Campus. While studying in the BMW program you will get to work on the latest BMW models, learn how to use BMW GT1 diagnostic test equipment, and have an opportunity to become a Tier 1 Certified BMW Motorcycle Technician.

The Harley-Davidson Technician training program covers a wide range of subjects. After learning Harley's parts systems, maintenance, customer service, and management techniques, you then have a choice to study the Harley-Davidson Early Model or the Harley-Davidson Late Model elective.

The HonTech program is officially endorsed by Honda and runs for 24 weeks. It is offered at both the Phoenix and Orlando campuses. While enrolled in this program you will learn about Honda's tools and equipment, as well as learn advanced repair skills. After completion of this program you will have an opportunity to earn a Honda Pro Technician Routine Maintenance Certificate. The Motorcycle Mechanics Institute is the only school that offers the certificate. Normally this certificate is only available to technicians who have extensive work experience in the field.

The Kawasaki K-Tech Specialist training program is a 12-week program offered at both the Phoenix and Orlando campuses. This program is officially endorsed by Kawasaki. In this program you will learn how to work on Kawasaki motorcycles as well as the Mule, ATV line, and personal watercraft. Upon completion of the Kawasaki program you'll receive a Kawasaki entry-level technician certificate.

Officially endorsed by Suzuki, the Suzuki FAST program is a 12-week program that is offered at both the Phoenix and Orlando campuses. In this program you'll learn all the technical skills needed to work on Suzuki bikes. You'll receive a Suzuki entry-level technician certificate upon completion of this course.

Officially endorsed by Yamaha, YamaPro is a 12-week program offered at both the Phoenix and Orlando campuses. In this program you'll work on Yamaha bikes and learn how to use Yamaha-specific tools. You'll also work on ATVs, water vehicles, and snow mobiles. After finishing this program you will receive a Yamaha entry-level technician certificate.

As with any formal education, paying for school can be an issue for aspiring students. Financial aid is available for students who qualify. If you're entertaining the thought of attending the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, you may be eligible to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a variety of student loans, grants, scholarships, and tuition reduction programs. The school also can help you find housing if you need to relocate to take the course. The Universal Technical Institute's Student Services department can even help you find a roommate if you need one to help cover your living costs.

From core training to manufacturer-specific training, the Universal Technical Institute's Motorcycle Mechanics Institute is definitely worth investigating if your career goal is to become a motorcycle technician. If you know you'd like to work in the mechanical field, but you're not sure which division, be sure to check out the other courses the Universal Technical Institute offers.