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Darrell Mostella is a Level 6 technician at HOLT CAT in Texas. His story begins like many stories – Darrell worked on cars with his dad, he worked at a few mechanic jobs, but never felt like he had a true career. He wasn’t sure how to find it, all he knew was college wasn’t for him.

Jumping ahead Darrell finds himself at a job fair where he learned about HOLT CAT. They needed people to work on their equipment. It was the answer Darrell was looking for, he was a mechanic but he didn’t have the skills needed yet, but HOLT CAT was willing to hire him anyway and give him the training he would need.

With the skills gained from Cat, Darrell’s career took off and his life changed. His workday is now full of satisfying projects. Having a stable career with room to grow affords him the most important benefit – the ability to provide for his family.

Darrell’s achievements are a clear example that you do not need to have a four-year degree to find a rewarding career.

Sometimes your career path is not clear, sometimes you don’t know which way to turn, and sometimes you don’t realize that a company like Cat is looking for a worker like you.

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  • Caleb Clardy

    I earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1999. I had seen an episode or two of dirty jobs before my Fall 2009 NESA EagleLetter came in the mail. Then I was hooked.

    The Eagle Award was the perfect primer for Mike in terms of ethics and just plain willingness to fall in and “do the job”; whatever it may be.

    I myself have worked several “Dirty Jobs” over my 33 years; from oilfield roustabout at age 15 to “detailing” (a euphemism for cleaning hopelessly mucked out cars in hopes to make them worth even $100 more dollars for sale at an auto auction) cars. Also, there were other “dirty jobs” I have worked, like Telemarketing, which was so much “dirtier” in a different sense.

    Probably the DIRTIEST (non physical) JOB I have ever done was teaching high scool kids Spanish. Whew!

    I have always wanted to pursue voice acting and I was a DJ at Texas Tech while working on my Master’s degree in Linguistics. Plus, I have always loved cartoons and was blown away to see Nancy Cartwright speak. Mike has even done cartoon bits! This is yet another reason why I admire Mike and his dedication to his God given talents.

    I sure hope he reads this…and give me……my next Dirty Job!

  • Beth Mitchell

    My daughter is interested in becoming a farrier, aka someone who shoes horses, do you do scholarships for that like of work/schooling?

    • Guest

      Beth, I searched “farrier training scholarships in America” and came up with a very large list of scholarships and possible financial aid. Too many to list here. Just give it a try. Also contact your local farrier or large animal vet. Best of luck to your daughter.

  • http://twinlakedogsitting.weebly.com remipuppy0927

    seriously people whats the big deal about scouts and whatever! nobody cares!

    • Greg Fritsch

      Your obviously not a disciplined individual.

    • SomethingSimple

      Mike Rowe was an Eagle Scout. When a Scout becomes and Eagle Scout there is great ceremony, very few boys who started as scouts become an Eagle. I have a number of Eagle Scouts in my family, I’ve gone to a few ceremonies. . . Guess which Eagle Scout’s letter, congratulating this new Eagle Scout on his accomplishments, is read during these ceremonies I’ve gone to. . .

  • Kay Dunaway

    Mike can you PLEASE help my ex find a job…..He is truly desperate and will take just about any thing he can get. He has a DOD secret clearance, is 57 years old and works in telecommunications. I can tell you much more if you are interested…..he is not looking for a large salary….just a job to keep him going…..

    • Louise Outland

      Hi my name is Louise Outland. I am with Human Potential Consultants. We are a government contracted agencyhave Crane, Rigger and High Voltage job opportunities in San Diego, China Lake (Ridgecrest) and Ventura, we are currently recruiting for. Please give me a call at 310 756 1560

  • G. Alton

    Mike, I must say, you are a big role model for alot of people my age (21). I dought you would feel like getting into politics, but I don’t personally know you so maybe you would. Either way I think that this nation could use a great man such as yourself, in a place of power. If we could get a president in office with the work ethic and the understanding of the blue collar working man, our nation could turn around from the spiral we have found ourselves in over the last decade. Now days it’s all power and money in office, not truely looking out for others and influenceing people to want to work and provide for themselves. Cause even the smallest jobs are what makes American life the best this world’s ever seen. In short, Mike Rowe for president. If I may say so lol..

  • Andrew Myers


    I am a 14 year Army vet with 38 months of downrange time under my belt. I recently separated from the military honorably in January of this year and I have applied to so many positions that it is ridiculous. I was a Chemical Operations Specialist in the army and I have a large amount of training in leadership, Hazardous materials (HAZMAT TECH), and admin/HR. I have a wife and two beautiful young boys as one just joined the Under six league here in Arkansas, a league in which I go voluntold to coach with absolutely no experience but it has been fun to learn with the children as I teach. Arkansas unfortunately has a small amount of specialized jobs in my field and my unemployment benefits have been exhausted. I have had to resort to actually applying for welfare type programs which to be frank, that makes me feel like a total dirtbag. I do have a few problems that have been exacerbated during my enlistment but I am extremely willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to succeed. I am at my wits end and I really don’t know what to do. I need something to support my family.
    Thank you for reading and have a good day,
    Andrew Myers

    • Cyndia Rios-Myers

      Hi Andrew. Unfortunately, I have know of no positions in Arkansas. However, I did start a Facebook group called “From Boots to Wing Tips,” which is a page to help military folks in their transition to the civilian world. In it, we mostly discuss what we need to think about once we hit the outside world, and what we can do while we are still in the military to make that transition easier. We also love to hear from people such as yourself, who have experience in the outside world. If you are on Facebook, please look us up. Thanks. Cyndia Rios-Myers

      • Randy Willmon

        @ Andrew, Thanks for your service! Keep on plugging with the VA and the VRC if you qualify( I’m sure you do).
        @ Cyndia, Thanks for you support…. Unfortunately the support we get is, a website, celebrities plugging the value of our skills, and endless briefings that “Help us transition into the civilian sectors”. We don’t need another briefing, or job fair that tells us to go online and fill out an application. We need hiring authorities to show up, look us in the eye and tell us yes or no, what degree we need. You give us a target and we will move heaven and earth to not just meet it, but send it into orbit.
        An element Mike is missing is, “The secret”, We meet requirements on job postings and then some, but hear nothing back. Point; I made a profile on Caterpillar, they had an awesome testimonial from employs that had served. Submitted my profile data and resume. Then called the HR department to get any contact info for Vet counselors,( Shown on their vet page, no contact info) for the intern program and Dealer Tech program. The HR rep told me that was sensitive information and could not release it. Really?!? You mean to tell me, you’ll pay Mike Rowe to make a few commercials, set up a web page for the Vets, but when they try to use it, that’s classified. People, that is dirty.
        You may not understand us, or what we have done, you may even cringe to think about what our hands have endeavored to do, but remember this. We did it willingly for you, yes we bite, No good sheep bog doesn’t, but we will face lions for those we have not met, just to keep the lions roar from your dreams.
        You want to really support the troops, hire us, we work an honest days work for fair pay. We don’t need your thanks, or cup of coffee, magnets on your car do nothing for us, that is all for you.
        Andrew, I Never give up. NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!

    • Rob Trivetti

      Hi Andrew,

      I don’t have an answer to everything you described in your message but I can offer some guidance regarding promoting leadership experience in the civilian world. Realize that unless that word is used on a job description, you probably don’t want to either.

      Here’s why: Most won’t understand what you mean nor how it would benefit them by hiring you. Should be obvious, right? It isn’t. You will shut down interviews if you use that word especially if you say it multiple times.

      What should you do instead? You have to camouflage that word by using examples of things you’ve done.

      Your resume should break out 2 different sections under each job you list: responsibilities and accomplishments. Responsibilities will read just like the job description. The accomplishments should be written in what I call Story Bullets.

      Each story bullet should include 3 elements. Describe what you did that was awesome, how or why you did it, and why it mattered to your organization. Usually these things will be saved time, money, lives, or prevented the loss of time, money or lives.

      I’m prior enlisted and a West Point grad. This week I interviewed at a big tech company in Silicon Valley. Despite having worked for LinkedIN and Walmart Global eCommerce (very relevant to the job I was interviewing for), one interviewer had a preconception that because I went to West Point, I would not be a fit with the company culture because I would naturally be too rigid and bossy. This is an example of why talking about leadership can often play into the preconceptions folks have about military experience.

      I’d suggest that you keep in mind that unless the word leadership is commonly used for the role you are targeting, do not speak the word but “lead” the interviewer through your experience with examples that illustrate initiative, sound decision-making, accountability, motivating small teams, etc.

      I wish you all the best.

  • Justin Archey

    Mr. Rowe: I really do look up to you for guidance, entertainment and wisdom. That makes what I feel I need to say so much harder…

    I’m 35 years old and I did exactly what I was told to do: right out of high school I got a full time job selling tools for Sears, Roebuck & Co. (was quiet good at it). I went to college, got my A.A., then my B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice. I got a job as a 911 dispatcher for a police department here in my county, and while I love the work it’s burned me out and I feel ready for a change.

    Problem is I have no skills. None. I know computers but not as well as many college graduates these days or even high school students. I don’t know mechanics, or plumbing, or electrical work, or engineering…I’m a voice on the phone and on the radio when someone calls for help.

    Someone asked me recently what would I want to do if I had to do it all over again, and I really thought about it. I’d love to work on railways: working the lines, fixing and maintaining them rail system of this great country. I’d love to work around and even on the locomotives that pull unbelievable loads of cargo from one side of this great nation to the other.

    My issue is: I’m 35 years old. I did what I was told to do, and now because of that I’m buried up to the chin in debt. Any return to the classroom has to be on my own dime, and I don’t know if you know what the average wage of a 911 dispatcher is, but it’s rather low. I live a modest lifestyle, but even with all that, the only way I could go back to school to re-tooled into engineering, mechanics or electrical work would be on more student loans.

    Someone from your generation owes mine and my nephew’s (he’s 21 and going to university for Computer Science – I have more faith with him: he’s grown up on technology due to his handicap) a big fat apology for selling us this false dream. I know it’s not your fault, and you’re doing a great job getting Americans to find new paths for their lives….but what do we do when we’re stuck in these holes with no way out?

    • payton babcock

      im so sorry! Your story is so touching. I have actually lived in a homeless shelter the first 2 years of my life. plz answer these
      1)do you love to read?
      2)do you have interesting life stories (other than that)?
      3)do you read in extra time/would you read in extra time?
      if you answered yes then you should be an author! you would get good pay-days and enjoy it! you are actually really good at wording things and your wording of ur story AND story is touching!!! you could also stay home a lot! My mom got a job as one and now we live in a real house! a pretty nice one, actually! you could never tell! (im 12 btw)

    • Mac

      I’d recommend a trade, personally. If you’re going into the computer field, pursue programming. IT, which is usually computer/network/software support, has been destroyed by H1B visas. I’m 32 and going to finish an associates IT degree I started a long time ago (my dad screwed me by moving my family when I was 21 and in college), just because I only have one year left. If I had to do it all over again I would have gone into a trade.

      See if you can get an apprenticeship.

  • https://www.facebook.com/greg.herren1 Greg Herren

    Greetings Mr. Rowe,

    I am a 51 yr old inventor/engineer of sorts. It is really difficult to find jobs at my age where you can get along with people and I am a bit eccentric when it comes to this! If you would like to know more about what I can do please check out my facebook page. I am trying to start my own business designing products! I have built from scratch all of my own equipment such as 2 3D printers, a Laser engraver and a CNC milling machine! I have a difficult time selling my self. If you could help me get pointed in the proper direction that would be fantastic!




  • Lesley Abraham Rutz

    Greetings Mike!
    I teach at Tri-Tech Skills Center in beautiful Kennewick, WA. I do not teach the skills part, but I teach the other classes that our students need to graduate such as math, history, etc.
    Tri-Tech is an awesome skills center and our teachers are outstanding in their trades and as instructors. Our students are amazing and very motivated for the most part. I was hoping to get you to come speak to our students and staff to encourage them to continue to work hard.
    I know that you must get many such invitations, but, “The answer is no if you don’t ask.”
    So, What do you say?
    Thank you for your time and attention.
    Lesley Rutz
    Tri-Tech Skills Center