223 episodes

Welcome to the self-proclaimed top podcast in the Dirt World (totally made up)! Listen weekly as hosts Aaron and Alex talk Dirt World issues, answer listener questions, and interview some of our favorite people, from executives to operators we've met along our travels.

Dirt Talk by BuildWitt BuildWitt

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 365 Ratings

Welcome to the self-proclaimed top podcast in the Dirt World (totally made up)! Listen weekly as hosts Aaron and Alex talk Dirt World issues, answer listener questions, and interview some of our favorite people, from executives to operators we've met along our travels.

    Keeping the Younger Generation Motivated with Brent Rasmussen

    Keeping the Younger Generation Motivated with Brent Rasmussen

    Brent Rasmussen might have the title of Project Manager on LinkedIn, but he’s got his hands all over the family company, Rasmussen Excavation LLC. Rasmussen was started almost 50 years ago with a focus on excavation, but in the years since, they’ve branched out into utilities, sand/gravel, rentals, and their most niche offering: solar projects. 

    This week on Dirt Talk, host Aaron Witt is joined by Brent Rasmussen. The guys chat about building solar farms (12:54), keeping younger guys motivated (37:32), and the importance of giving people the choice to work for you (48:16). Later, they discuss why it’s vital to get “out of the weeds” when leading a business (58:23) and the problems that come when trying to hire from an older generation’s perspective.

    You can learn more about Rasmussen Excavation by following @rasmussen_excavation or visit their website at rasmussenexcavation.com.

    Listen to Dirt Talk:

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2GK5UWkulNJ6tNFXvWngMt?si=2332acb8e2954301 
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dirt-talk-by-buildwitt/id1494235724 
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Q+A -- DT138.5

    Q+A -- DT138.5

    This week begins a new phase on Dirt Talk:

    Each Monday, we’ll be releasing episodes with new formats, new guests, and new stories! 

    This week on Dirt Talk, the OG Dirt Talk crew (Aaron Witt and Alex Horton) is here with a Q+A. The guys chat about “hidden gem” locations in the Dirt World, book recommendations for young people in the industry, and “chasing the dozer dream”. They also discuss the right time to specialize equipment, keeping morale up on a long slog of a job, and Aaron’s “insistence” (read: demand) to always drive on road trips.

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    • 42 min
    Suicide Prevention in Construction Pt. 2 with Michelle Walker -- DT138

    Suicide Prevention in Construction Pt. 2 with Michelle Walker -- DT138

    Because September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we’re featuring a few experts on the topic to share information and tools to help make the Dirt World a better place for all of us. 

    Today, Michelle Walker, founding chairperson of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, is back on the Dirt Talk podcast for her second episode. She was first featured on episode 41 way back in November 2020. You can find that episode here: buildwitt.com/dirt-talk/podcast/suicide-prevention-in-construction-with-michelle-walker-of-ssc-underground

    This week on Dirt Talk, Aaron Witt is joined by Michelle Walker to discuss the work that goes into suicide prevention in construction, an essential model for solving the workforce problem, and why caring for people is the most important thing you can do for them. They also touch on navigating tricky work relationships and why it’s so vital to understand and value different experiences that people bring to their work.

    If you want to learn more or get involved in the essential work, go to preventconstructionsuicide.com for more information.

    Thanks SO much to Michelle Walker for coming back on the pod.

    Stay Dirty!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Jobsite Whoopsies -- DT137.5

    Jobsite Whoopsies -- DT137.5

    This week, we’ve got Aaron, Alex, and frequent guest Eric Jumper talking about jobsite mistakes and the lessons learned (or not learned). Aaron shares a story from his time working on the railroad, and Eric realizes once he starts telling one mistake story how many others begin flooding his memory. We all make mistakes on the job, and it’s time we admit that mistakes are part of the pathway to growth and getting better. 
    A (semi-) famous quote: “Dude, sucking at something is the first step towards being sorta good at something.” - Jake the Dog from Adventure Time
    If you’ve got a lesson you’d like to share with the Dirt Talk guys, email us at dirttalk@buildwitt.com.
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    • 37 min
    What Does Suicide Prevention Look Like? with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas -- DT137

    What Does Suicide Prevention Look Like? with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas -- DT137

    Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas sees issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from a host of perspectives. Clinical psychologist. Mental health advocate. Faculty member. Researcher. And suicide loss survivor. She has earned an international reputation as an entrepreneur and innovator in social change. Along the way, she’s helped establish many large-scale, gap-filling mental health efforts, including Man Therapy (www.ManTherapy.org) and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. In 2016, she was invited to speak at the White House on men’s mental health. And somehow, we were lucky enough to get 90 mins of her time.

    This week on Dirt Talk, host Aaron Witt chats with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas about a heavy topic: suicide prevention, especially in the workplace. Dr. Sally shares what led her to the mission of suicide prevention education, what suicide prevention actually looks like, and the challenges of managing mental health in the Dirt World. Dr. Sally clearly has a passion for the work, and we appreciate all of the wisdom, data, and tools that she shared with us.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Besides People, What Other Shortages are Hurting the Dirt World?

    Besides People, What Other Shortages are Hurting the Dirt World?

    This week on Dirt Talk, Aaron Witt and Alex Horton are joined by Dirt World “Expert” Eric Jumper. Eric complains about not getting paid after working at BuildWitt for two years (editor’s note: this is not true) before the guys address internet trolls who complain that every video Aaron posts doesn’t show every step of every process, people putting RAM-NEK in the back of an excavator to warm it up in the cold months, and the time Eric brought 10 feet of sewer pipe into the BuildWitt office. Later, they answer questions about how Aaron should be approached in public, now that he’s famous (editor’s note: he absolutely hated this question), and how, after the People Problem, material shortages might be the Dirt World’s next colossal problem.

    Stay Dirty!

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
365 Ratings

365 Ratings

jsnell88 ,

Best Podcast Ever?

This podcast brings awareness about an industry that isn’t always glamorous but makes for a great career and is absolutely essential for modern infrastructure. As long as roads, bridges, and power are needed in the US, there will be a need for the vital jobs that are discussed in this podcast.

Adamslandworx ,

As an operator looking to further my career

They are great to listen to as an operator, wanting to make it further in the industry. Learn a lot from their guests and have a good laugh as well 5/5 listened to every episode

DavCut ,

DirtTalk rocks!

As one of the original 6 listeners, an official friend of the DirtTalk podcast and a podcast guest (DT076 July 2021) I may be a bit biased, but DirtTalk is favorite podcast!

Aaron has a great variety of guests and Alex does a great job of editing. Give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

#betterdirtworld

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