Mission Statement, Posting Guidelines & Other General Info
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List of Careers in the Trades
Air transportation services
Aquaculture operations and production management
Auto/automotive body repair
Building/property maintenance and management
Business machine repair
Cabinet making and millworking
Clothing, apparel, and textile work and management
Commercial garment and apparel services
Communication systems installation and repair
Computer installation and repair
Conservation and renewable natural resources
Crop production operations and management
Dry cleaning and laundering (Commercial)
Fishing technology/commercial fishing
Graphic and printing equipment operation
Greenhouse operations and management
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration
Home furnishings and equipment installation and consultation
Horticulture services operations and management
Industrial machinery maintenance and repair
Instrument calibration and repair
Landscaping operations and management
Locksmithing and safe repair
Major appliance installation and repair
Marine maintenance and ship repair
Masonry and tile setting
Nursery operations and management
Ornamental horticulture operations and management
Painting and wall covering
Plumbing and pipe fitting
Precision metal working
Sheet metal working
Shoe, boot, and leather repair
Small engine mechanical and repair services
Stationary energy sources installation and operation
Tool and die making/technology
Transportation and materials moving
Vehicle and equipment operation
Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanical and repair services
Watch, clock, and jewelry repair
Water transportation services
Window treatment making and installation
Any trade we've inadvertently missed
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Our Mission Statement
My name is Mike Rowe and I'm the creator and executive producer of a TV show on The Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs. Dirty Jobs is a show about hard work. It has no plot, no script, and no actors. Its central figure is an untrained apprentice (me) who travels the country, looking for people who aren't afraid to get dirty. Turns out, the list is longer than I thought.
I've poured steel in St. Louis, cut timber in Tennessee, and hauled garbage in Chinatown. I've mined for coal in Pennsylvania, and drilled for oil in Louisiana. I've fished for crab on The Bering Sea, and raised maggots in Idaho. I've painted the tops of our highest bridges, and plumbed the depths of our lowest sewers. I've paved highways, resurfaced runways, and helped rebuild a railroad. Now, after five years and 200+ apprenticeships, I've come to the undeniable conclusion that people with dirty jobs are holding this country together, and in the process, are having a lot more fun than the rest of us.
As lessons go, it's not the only one I've learned from Dirty Jobs, but it's definitely the most relevant, especially today. The traditional notions of Hard Work are under siege. Hollywood gives us one-dimensional stereotypes and American Idols. Madison Avenue tells us every few minutes that happiness and leisure go hand in hand. And Silicon Valley has provided a shiny new toolbox that has no need for shovels or hammers. As manufacturing jobs vanish into thin air, we tell our kids that the toll on the road to prosperity is nothing short of a four-year degree, and now, we've become so accustomed to seeing manual labor portrayed as drudgery, that the sight of people working their butts off while actually enjoying themselves is almost confusing. Unfortunately, in redefining the meaning of a good job, we've simultaneously marginalized the very occupations that make polite society possible, and the fallout from this nonsense is serious.
Trade school enrollments are chronically down. Our infrastructure is crumbling around us. Welders, carpenters, pipe fitters, plumbers, steamfitters, and concrete workers are all in short supply, in spite of the fact that these occupations are no less critical today than they were fifty years ago. In fact, if rebuilding our infrastructure becomes a true priority, skilled labor will become more important than ever, and our society's collective attitude toward dirty work will simply have to change.
On Labor Day, September 1, 2008, www.mikeroweWORKS.com was launched along with a video introduction where I described what I had in mind. Like Dirty Jobs, its purpose is to make a fun, but deliberate, case for skilled labor, and challenge the notion that a four-year degree is the only path to a worthwhile career. The site is taking shape quickly, transparently, and with great promise. At the end of October, we put up a public forum and a call for help. Thanks mostly to the hard work of dedicated Dirty Jobs fans and others who've otherwise heard about the site, the forum has taken shape with literally thousands of links to trade resources, scholarships, apprenticeships, fellowships, and vocational schools (and more) that will benefit anyone wanting to explore a career in the construction or technical trades. We are now in the process of launching a revised site that will contain a real, functioning, informative and interactive resource center for people in, or looking to explore, the trades.
In a modest way, Dirty Jobs has reminded people of a time when Hard Work was not seen as a thing to avoid - when craftsmanship was lauded, and Master Tradesmen were seen a role models. In a bigger way, mikeroweWORKS will function as a PR Campaign for Hard Work and Skilled Labor - a deliberate attempt to make sure the jobs we need, are jobs that people actually desire.
Like the infrastructure, mikeroweWORKS is under construction, and always will be. Come by and check us out. And if you have something to contribute or suggest, please let us know either by posting in the Water Cooler, commenting on the site itself or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you around and help us get America back to work. You have my thanks.
Where should I send my donation?
While The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has been formed and is quite official, were still in the early stages in selecting what specific organizations the money will go to. Weve talked to the folks at The AED Foundation about all sorts of opportunities there are for us to help them create and distribute training materials and other educational tools to career and technical schools around the Country. We will also be talking to a variety of organizations and associations to explore similar opportunities in the coming weeks.
Where should I send my donation, youre thinking. Weve got that covered too. You can address it to: The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, 429 Santa Monica Boulevard, #710, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Bottom line, all monies collected by The mikeroweWORKS Foundation will go to further the mission of mikeroweWORKS and that is to promote the skilled trades in areas of public awareness, reducing stigmas, education, career planning and job opportunities as well as support organizations that get us there.
Visit "Giving Back & Mike's Foundation" in The Office - HERE