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Harley offers training for motorcycle techs

Union Leader Correspondent

September 10. 2017 11:34PM

Will Arvelo, president of Great Bay Community College, checks out one of the pieces of training equipment that students will use to learn about motorcycle maintenance and repair this fall. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

NORTH HAMPTON — Seacoast Harley-Davidson is sponsoring a 24-week training program for students at Great Bay Community College who want to become motorcycle technicians.

The co-owner of the North Hampton dealership, where a new 2,000-square-foot training lab and 600-square-foot classroom are housed, said he has been in the industry for 30 years and that finding qualified technicians is challenging.

“It’s a nationwide problem,” Al Contois said. “I don’t think any of the young kids think of this as a profession.”

Contois said talented technicians can eventually make up to $80,000 a year, and parents with mechanically minded students should consider sending them for training. Contois said in addition to being a steady career, working as a motorcycle technician is fun.

“It’s a neat environment. It’s not going to an office every day,” Contois said.

Will Arvelo, president of Great Bay Community College, said Contois and the school have been talking about the sponsored program for two years. Arvelo gave Contois and co-owner Shawn Lillie credit for making the new training program possible.

“These guys have been super on board with everything. They have been at the table from the very beginning. Without them, obviously, this wouldn’t happen because they have the space and equipment,” Arvelo said.

Paul Giuliano, who is a technical program coordinator at GBCC, said the hope is to start with 10 students on Sept. 21. The lab has room for 16 students.

Giuliano said the goal of the program is to provide entry-level motorcycle technician training taught by certified master-level technicians, using the newest equipment on the market. Students who complete the classes should be able to work at any dealership, he said.

Giuliano confirmed that industry demand was the driving factor in creating the program. He oversees automotive and welding programs at GBCC, which are also popular due to demand from local employers.

Applications for the Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Certificate Program are now being accepted. For more information, call 427-7600 or visit

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