Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Aurora, CO USA 80013
I think getting factory certified goes a long way in terms of crediblity and long-term earnings potential within the industry.
I have two friends that went to MMI. It seems that once you graduate, the demand is certainly strong because MMI helped job-place them immediately. One of them went through the entire course, got employed at a shop, and found that he didn't like it! He always had a kind of "get rich quick" attitude about things and was dissatisfied that the entry level salary coming right out of school wasn't what he expected. Apparantly, even with the MMI degree, they start you out slow before letting you tackle the big stuff. In this friend's case he was doing a lot of set-up work- taking new bikes out of crates and assembling them. The way he made it sound is that you have to put up with grunt work and grunt pay for a little while before you can work your way up. He wasn't patient enough to wait for that.
Now, the other friend is a completely different story. He is now one of the most highly respected master mechanics in the state of Arizona. He was also a privateer racer on the AMA Superbike circuit for several years and still holds the lap record at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. He retired from racing last year. The shop he worked at sponsored him. Basically, he's living the dream.
So, in short, I guess it really comes down to what you make of it.
"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son." - Vernon Wormer.- Dean, Faber College.