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Meet Our Instructors

Our apprenticeship program is taught by a variety of professionals with many years of experience in their areas of specialty.

Jan VanderTuinJan VanderTuin spent several years living in Europe. While there he studied cargo bikes, trikes and trailers from around the world. Since then he has designed and built over a hundred unique vehicles as well as HPM’s product line. He has been the executive director of CAT since its founding in 1992.

AaronAaron Kreinert attended Western Iowa Tech where he took classes in welding, including MIG, TIG, and brazing techniques. He also earned a degree in musical instrument repair and has years of experience as a musical instrument technician. His daughter loves getting picked up from school on the HPM Express.

Ed Zacharek is a former CAT student who earned his GED in CAT’s youth alternative education program. His main interest over the past few years has been in Computer Aided Design (CAD). While still a student, Ed designed and fabricated his own bicycle, taught CAD classes, and earned extra money doing CAD work for Human Powered Machines.

ToddTodd Gardner teaches all types of welding, specializing in TIG. He got his start in frame building with the Burley Design Cooperative where he welded thousands of frames. He has a home shop were he fabricates beautiful custom bicycles.

Glynn Sidney got her start sewing her own outfits for school after an argument with her mom about hemlines. Since then, she has taught sewing through an alternative school and also through our local community college. When she goes to her home outside the city. her favorite mode of transportation is by horse. With Glynn’s energy and expertise, we hope to finally develop a new inflatable child carrier for Human Powered Machines’ Long Haul cargo bike.

The CAT Apprenticeship Program is a five month course covering many topics from frame design to bike repair to organic gardening. For more information, please visit the Apprenticeship information page. This week, our new group of Apprentices arrive, from California, Nevada, New Jersey and Eugene (via Germany).