Improving Construction Quality Is A Dirty Job

AEC Quality .com Joins Mike Rowe’s Trades Hub

Many of you have heard of a show on television called Dirty Jobs. Mike Rowe, the host, celebrates the “unsung heroes” of the work force, attempting to put himself in their role demonstrating just how difficult it can be for folks to put food on the table. Many of these so-called dirty jobs, unsurprisingly, involve the construction industry.

Mike Rowe isn’t just the host of a successful TV show, voiceover talent, and pitchman for various products, he really believes in his mission to “give back” to the hard working men and women that have made his paycheck a reality. Some time ago, Mike set up a website and then a nonprofit organization to carry on that mission beyond the TV show. mikeroweWORKS is a wonderful resource for tradespeople, providing learning, job resources, insight, etc.

One of the components of mikeroweWORKS is the Trades Hub. “Mike’s no expert but he’s bringing great content from those who are,” reads the tagline. I am honored and humbled to now be a part of the Trades Hub, as articles from AEC Quality .com will now be syndicated on the site.

Besides being a huge fan of Mike Rowe, I also very much support his mission. Below is an excerpt from Mike’s letter announcing the formation of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation:

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is another way for this site to support The Trades. Monies raised will be disbursed to a variety of existing initiatives and organizations, including scholarship funds, community colleges, trade schools, etc. I established this foundation for the same reason I started mrW – to give something back, and challenge the prevailing definition of a “good job.” For decades, we have put a premium on a four-year degree, and told an entire generation that Trade Schools and skilled labor are “alternatives” to “higher education.” That attitude is warping expectations, wrecking opportunity, and destroying our country.

As some of you may know, I come from a family of Tradesmen, though fans of Dirty Jobs will point out, rightly, that the “handy” gene has passed me by. Ironically, I have finally found a measure of success in my own career by celebrating hundreds of “blue-collar” vocations – jobs that require a set of skills that I simply do not possess. Those skills keep our civilization running, and I feel indebted to the men and women who have spent a lifetime mastering them. We need more of them. Lots more.

I support the work of this foundation and agree 100% with his statements above. If we, as an industry and as a civilization, are going to thrive, education and support of skilled labor is essential. The tagline of this site is Pursuing Quality in the Built Environment, and I firmly believe that celebrating and supporting the Trades is paramount to achieving that. Thanks Mike – not just for including me on the Trades Hub, but for pursuing such an honorable mission.

It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.