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Graduate Success Stories!
From time to time we hear from a graduate that has landed a unique position using skills learned during their training at PSI. We want to hear from all our graduates, so that we may share their experience and provide you with updated information and news about the school.
Jerami Haws (VT-09) - September, 2011 PSI Graduate
Jerami came to the Power Sport Institute in October of 2010 to become an American V-Twin Technician. His main objective while in school, was to prepare himself to become a technician in a Harley Davidson Dealership, preferably Century Harley Davidson and Jerami did just that. While in school he maintained Honor Roll and graduated with an overall GPA of 93.7%. He continued to stop in and talk with the service department at Century and while he was still in school in March of 2011 he was hired part time as a technician. Upon graduation from PSI in November of 2011 he went full time and became 1 of 5 Technicians in the Service Department.
Jerami says that “PSI gave me the skills to obtain a position in the industry but, you will always continue learning in this field.” He recently went to Morgantown, PA for continued training and became a Level One Technician for Vehicle & Chassis Service. Next, he will go back to training for Electrical Diagnostics. Jerami stated that right now the main jobs he completes are services, installing cams, cylinder heads, motor builds, and primary services.
Recently Jerami returned to PSI with a couple of his fellow technicians, to run a few trikes on the school’s Dynojet Dynamometer. Jerami said that “This is the first motor work we have completed on trikes and needed to run them on the Dyno to see if they are properly tuned and are receiving max torque and horsepower. We brought three with us, one is stock for comparison and the other two have cams, pipes, and fuel tuners which are the customers.”
When Jerami was asked what advice he would like to give to future graduates from PSI, he stated “Always have a questioning mind set. Make sure you get the answers to your questions and don’t be afraid to ask. Constantly continue learning and have an open mind when you are searching for a job.”
Scott Thomas (PT04) – November, 2010 PSI Graduate
I have always raced and loved going to the races. I spent every weekend at the track. In ‘07 I was at an outdoor national and while going through the pits, I started talking to the driver at Warthog Racing and asked if they needed any help. He said “No” so I gave him my contact information and later that year I got a phone call. He said that I could help if I was still interested, but here was the catch. I would be doing it for free as an intern. I pay my own way, buy my own credentials, pay for my own hotel, gas and food. I help set up the canopy, tables and chairs, and set up the pit area for the crew and guests. I pull out all the bikes and put them on stands and set up workstations in between the bikes and toolboxes.
In ‘08 I was at the races talking to a Yamaha driver and asked them if they needed any help and it was the same routine. In May of ’09 I decided to attend PSI and fortunately found out that two PSI instructors that I met - Brian and Brandon - were going to be racing at a track 30 minutes from my house. I asked them if I could give them a helping hand and they said “Yes”. I was so pumped. Once again I did it for free, to get experience, and it was the same - show up at the track, set up a couple canopies, set up tables, toolboxes and hang out until practice and then that’s where the work begins. You might need to change gearing and nine times out of ten you will be changing tires due to track conditions.
In ‘09 my buddy, who I had raced with, was going to go do some Arenacross Series races. Since I raced Arenacross back in the day I thought I would go and see how things had changed. We loaded up the bikes, tools, tables, plastic fuel cans and hit the road. At the first round I was like, “Oh man the smell of race fuel, the sounds of the bikes… this is where I want to be.” After I came back to reality, I unloaded everything and it was time to work, we set up our little pit area and got ready for the practice. Then in 2010 I was at the Arenacross with my buddy and I talked to the team manager from Babbitt’s and asked if he needed any help. I gave him all my contact information and told him about all my experience. As time went on and me still going to races every weekend, I came home one day and I had an email. I was so excited! I went to the next Arenacross race and networked a little bit, was introduced to the riders, taken into the team semi, shown around and Denny said I would be working with rider #16 Vikki Golden.
I continue to offer help to other riders as well. While at the outdoor nationals the Team Manager for Rock River had me go help her friend, so I went and worked for Shelby Rolens, a women’s WMX rider. I changed clutches, tires, the filter and of course washed the bike, normal race day duties. With the 2011 season coming to an end I am off to offer help at some remaining rounds of Supercross, then Outdoor Nationals will be starting. In between Outdoors and Arenacross I will be doing some flat track too until Arenacross starts again.
If you are interested in doing this, go to the races. It costs you, but the payoff is worth it if you love racing. I think coming to PSI helped me because I got the training I needed to do the tasks and being able to troubleshoot and understand the bikes is very important. Before coming to PSI my bike would break. I would take it to a dealer and say fix it, then got a huge bill without understanding what they did. After graduating from PSI, I now have the understanding… not every answer, but the understanding of how to fix the problem. Now I just pay for parts and the repair bill is small compared to before! Plus I make money doing what I love. All the instructors at PSI were great and are willing to help you be the best tech, if you apply yourself. Andy helped me out so much I can’t thank him enough. PSI has been very supportive and allowed me to come back and get some additional help on some 2012 stuff and that has been a huge part of me being successful in my job today.
Below is Scott Thomas working for Babbitt's Race Team!
Paul- Ferris - VT-04
PSI GRADUATE RETURNS FOR VICTORY SILVER TRAINING
Paul Ferris stopped into Motor Sports of Dayton to buy a Victory and left with a lot more than just a new ride! Being a repeat customer, he got to know the staff there and enjoyed the shop’s environment. In the beginning of April he applied and got the job!
He and one other technician maintain the work flow in the Service Department. The dealership did not have anyone as versed in Victory products before Paul came on board. Paul obtained his Bronze Level Certification and when it came time to get trained for Silver, the General Manager, Mark Pease, did his research and found that PowerSport Institute was the place to send Paul. When Mark asked Paul if he would travel to Cleveland to attend training at PSI Paul said “Of Course!” since Paul is a 2010 graduate.
Paul said he really enjoyed coming back and that a lot of the information in the Silver Class was already covered throughout the Victory portion of the American V-Twin Program that he graduated from. The staff of PSI congratulates Paul on earning his Victory Silver MSD Recognition. We wish him much success and look forward to seeing him back on campus for future dealer classes!
Below is Paul Ferris in Polaris Dealer Class Room at PSI!
Bill Smith - VT-04
PSI Graduate Opened His Own Shop
Bill always wanted to open his own shop. He has been a motorcycle enthusiast for a long time and wanted more. After a bit of schooling and funding research he finally had the cash flow set up and made the decision to come to PSI. We asked if the training he received was different than what he expected and he said "Ah, yes. I hadn't been in school since 1980 so I thought there was going to be more book work and home work but it was not a strenuous amount. It was enough to get you thinking and the core classes were cool. Once I got back into the V-Twin labs it was even better!
The instructor’s knowledge was un-real. I had known a lot from life but, it wasn't even comparable to what they knew. I was what you would call a "shade tree" until I came here. I learned the little things that you need to pay attention to, that you usually would not think about."
While Bill was in school he and his partners, Paul Ferris, and Brendan Redman were selected to do a special project that PSI, Southeast Harley Davidson and WJW Fox 8 Cleveland had put together called "Rev Up My Harley". This contest was designed for the public to submit pictures of their Harley and a short story for a chance to win a motorcycle makeover. For two months Bill, Paul and Brendan overhauled the winners 1985 Harley Davidson FXRE and when they finished bringing back to life, they presented it to owner Paul Melhuish at Southeast Harley Davidson’s Annual Corn Roast. You can read more about the project in our News and Events Section under 2010 "Rev Up My Harley".
This was Bill's first customer, so to say, and he got to see customer satisfaction at its finest. When asked what his inspiration was to own his own shop he said "I got to PSI and realized that this was a passion. I can do this for the rest of my life", and now he is... Congrats Bill and PSI wishes you the best!
Below: Bill Smith, proud owner of Smitty's Cycle Shack, "Specializing in New, Used and Abused."
If you would like to visit Smitty's Cycle Shack the address is:
6272 Rice Hill Rd.
Burbank, OH 44214
Bill's Words of Wisdom:
"Don't give up on dreams no matter how old you are. You will be kickin' yourself in the back end the rest of your life saying "what if?" if you do not go for it. Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. Red shirts know more than you do and have forgotten more than you will ever know."
"Success is in the eye of the beholder"
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