(Ormond Beach, Florida)
Approximated Education Costs: $23,325
WyoTech-Daytona, formerly American Motorcycle Institute (AMI) is located in Ormond Beach, Florida (just outside Daytona Beach). There are five other WyoTech campuses located throughout the continental United States, but only the Daytona campus focuses exclusively on Motorcycle and Marine Technical Training. WyoTech-Daytona is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and offers courses for many motorcycle manufacturer concentrations.
During the Motorcycle Technology program, students receive training on a variety of makes and models, and a variety of motorcycle systems and components, including: Suspension and Brake Systems, Four Stroke and Two Stroke Engines, Fundamentals of Electricity and Electrical Systems, Harley-Davidson Engines I and II, and Harley-Davidson Chassis and Engine Controls. The duration of the program ranges from six to 18 months depending on the student and courses studied. WyoTech-Daytona divides the curriculum in half with about 50 percent of the time spent in the classroom in a lecture-type environment, with the remaining 50 percent spent in the lab with more of a hands-on approach using school-provided tools necessary for completing any job. As for schedule flexibility, not only can students take classes during the day, but for working professionals pursuing the program simultaneously, classes are also offered from 4:30 p.m. to 1:40 a.m.
A graduate looking to pursue a career as a certified technician at a Harley-Davidson dealership will be expected to participate in Harley-Davidson's PHD Certification program. While a graduate of WyoTech-Daytona's Domestic Specialty will help facilitate the process of becoming a Harley technician, WyoTech-Daytona does not offer a Harley-Davidson technician certification.
While attending WyoTech-Daytona, students will need to provide their own accommodations as WyoTech-Daytona does not offer on-site housing, but the campus does offer aid via its student center which provides students with resources for finding a place to live, and much more. For financing your tuition, books, all school fees, etc., and/or housing or living expenses, financial aid is available through WyoTech-Daytona's Financial Aid office for applicable candidates.
Upon completing the WyoTech-Daytona program, all students are encouraged to meet with the career services team. For instance, a recent grad that focused on the Harley-Davidson concentration course of study will meet with a career services counselor for aid in landing a job in the real world with his or her new skill set. The counselors help grads develop employment materials, and will contact potential employers on the grad's behalf, and coach them through the employment process. The student is also responsible for being proactive in the job search, which actually increases their probability of employment, according to WyoTech-Daytona. Most grads work in dealerships or independent repair shops as technicians. Others choose to enter the industry as parts specialists, which provide consumers with recommendations on how to customize or fix up their bikes. Also, students receive a $600 Snap-On tool voucher upon graduation.