• National Average Median Pay

    $77,000

  • Real Go-Getters Make

    $88,000

  • Hourly wages up to

    +/- $40 HR

Responsibilities

  • Safe and efficient welding underwater, in a cofferdam, or other marine environment
  • Preform cutting, fitting, and rigging, to salvage sunken equipment
  • Calibrate all materials and equipment for welding and diving
  • Identify weld discontinuities and defects, and perform nondestructive testing.
  • Survey waters of various depths for obstacles and perform underwater photography and recording

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum

High school diploma or equivalent

Minimum

Commercial diving certification

Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc.

Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc.

Education

Underwater welding and commercial diving program

Training

Apprenticeship program

Training

Related work experience as welder or diver’s tender

Certification

AWS Certified Welder

Essential Skills

  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Prepared to adapt to a challenging work environment
  • Flexible and able to work in a team environment
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Focused under pressure
  • Maintain physical strength and superior fitness

Work Environment

Underwater welders work in a variety of industries that are integrated within aquatic environments. Nearly all opportunities exist along the coastal regions and may require travel.

Top Industries

Transportation

Transportation

Ship Building and Maintenance, Subsea Pipelines, Maritime Salvage and Recovery
Industrial

Industrial

Power Generation, Offshore Drilling, Water Treatment Facilities, Open Ocean Wind Turbines
Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Waterway Structures, Dams and Levees, Seawalls and Marine Docks

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