Underwater Welding Jobs
Beginning a career as an underwater welder will require both planning and training. Underwater welders
are essentially commercially licensed divers with welding certifications. There are,
however, many certified welders who then acquired their diving certifcations so they could move into the
underwater welding field. Underwater welding is, bar none, one the highest paying careers available today.
There is a lot of underwater welding work available these days, both in the Gulf of Mexico and worldwide.
Several projects are coming online in the Gulf, and the need for underwater welders is quite high. For those
interested in working abroad, There is a lot of underwater welding work available, and more coming on line in
the very near future.
Underwater Welding Skills and Qualifications
The skills and qualifications required for becoming an underwater welder are
basically those of an experienced welder and diver with the addition of commercial diving skills. One should
be well-versed in diving safety, rigging, physiology, communication and the underwater environment. and know how to
use commercial diving equipment.
One must also be a competent welder, familiar
with welding setup and preparation skills such as materials preparation
and alignment, beveling, fitting steel
patches and repair plates, etc. Certifying in underwater weld
procedures is also required.
Acquiring these skills does not need to take as long as one might thing; at
the Commercial Diving Academy, for example, you can acquire both a certified welding certificate (3G to 6G
structural, AWS Certificate of Completion-Certified AWS Entry Level Welder, AWS Entry Level Welder Certification
Card, AWS D1.1 code from Blacksmith Marine) and commercial diving certificate (Air\Mixed Gas) in as little as 21
weeks; allow 4 weeks for the welding, 16 weeks for the diving, and another week for learning specialized
underwater welding procedures.
Commercial Diving Schools
The following U.S. commercial diving schools are
fully accredited by the Association of Commercial Diving Educators. Many offer
financial aid, and some even offer living quarters and meal plans.
Commercial Diving Academy
8137 N. Main St.
Jacksonville, FL 32208
International Diving Institute
1400 Pier Side St, Bldg 190, Ste C
North Charleston, SC 29405
Commercial Diving School, Inc.
5030 Old Kings Road, Two Mesco Plaza
Jacksonville, FL 32254-1184
Divers Academy International
Lakeside Business Park, 1500 Liberty Place
Erial, NJ 08081
Divers Institute Of Technology
4315 11th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Divers University Esporte Aquatico Ltda
Av. Conselheiro Nebias, 536-Encruzilhada
Phone: 55 13 3223-6967
Gangneung Campus Of Korea Polytechnic Iii
Korea, Republic Of
Phone: +82 33 610 6114
Holland College Commercial Diving
P.O. Box 29
Georgetown, PE C0A 1L0
Leonard Greenstone Marine Technology Training Center
14901 Central Ave
Chino, CA 91710-9500
Phone: 909-597-1821 x4147
Louisiana Tech College--Young Memorial Campus
900 Youngs Rd.
Morgan City, LA 70380
Minnesota Commercial Diver Training Center
712 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
National Polytechnic College Of Science
272 S. Fries Avenue
San Diego, CA 90744-6399
Santa Barbara City College Marine Diving Technology
721 Cliff Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Seneca College Of Applied Arts & Technology
13990 Dufferin St. N.
King City, ON L7B 1B3
Phone: 416-491-5050 ext.5020
The Ocean Corporation
10840 Rockley Rd
Houston, TX 77099
Underwater Welding Careers
There is an extraordinary demand now for
qualified underwater welders, particularly in the gulf of Mexico. Deepwater drill results have been spectacular,
and the Gulf is now the most active piece in the global offshore oil patch.
Recent resevoir discoveries may soon lead to a
significant growth in U.S. oil reserves, increasing production numbers across the board. Consequently, oil
companies and drilling contractors, large and small, have committed to exploring and developing the deepwater
sector in the Gulf. Output in the Gulf of
Mexico is soaring to the highest levels ever seen, and with it the need for underwater welders.
In addition to being able to qualify for
underwater welding jobs with the offshore drilling contractors, obtaining a commercial divers license
will open up a world of other doors for you. Once a student has graduated from a commercial diving academy, he or
she will be qualified to earn certificates from the following professional organizations:
The Association of Commercial Diving Educators
Association of Diving Contractors International
Diver Certification Board of Canada
National Center for Construction Education and Research
American Petroleum Institute
American Welding Society
Divers Alert Network
Hazwoper Environmental Training
National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technicians
National Registry Emergency Medical Technician
Scuba Diving International
Having some or all of these certificates will qualify you to work all over the world. But if you
prefer inland work, there is plenty of that available as well. Demand for certified inland divers is high,
and going higher. Our nation's infrastructure is aging rapidly; many of our dams and bridges were built anywhere
from 30 to over 100 years ago, and all need inspected and often, repaired. Cities, counties and states are
even now issueing bonds that will be used to fund the necessary work to be done on these structures.
Wages for Offshore Underwater Welding
Underwater welding jobs can start around $80,000; experienced underwater welders can pull down up to
$200,000.00 a year, and day rates of $1000 are quite common. Most divers do it because they love it, so getting
paid well to do something you love is a real bonus.
Salaries for underwater welding jobs depend greatly on experience, skill sets, and years of experience, as
well as the number of previous projects and project location. Pay is usually by the project; as you progress
in your career and acquire more skills (Certified Welding Inspection is a great one), the salary you can command
will grow, often dramatically. A few recent job postings showed the following wages being paid today:
- Underwater welder - Gulf of Mexico, US $80,000 year.
- CSWIP 3.2 Inspection Divers - Gulf of Thailand, USD 450 per day.
- Underwater welder-diver - Offshore Australia, USD 870 per day.
Underwater Welding Jobs Recruiting Services
If you are interested in finding underwater welding jobs, one of
the fastest ways to get hired is to utilize the services provided by The Oil and Gas Jobs Resource Kit. For what they charge, $37.00, they provide a lot of
value: a 50 page how-to on oil jobs resume creation that meets oil industry criteria, an 83 page manual on the
types of oil jobs and where to find them; and 83 page guide on how an oil rig works, over 200 pages of oil and
drilling company profiles, large and small, all over the world. They also tie it all together in a
seperate strategy manual on finding oil jobs. They guarantee your satisfaction with their services,
and you will get a lot of bang for the buck.
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