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Underwater welders use various welding techniques to weld and cut in different water environments.
They must have extensive knowledge of diving methods to fit robust welds.
They often work in restricted spaces.
Dry welding is carried out with the use of compression chambers and cofferdams.
Wet welding is done in waterfronts that can be hundreds of feet deep.
Responsibilities of Underwater Welders
- Underwater welding in a cofferdam or compression chamber following safety protocols.
- Cut, fit and rig to extract the equipment from underwater.
- Handle the equipment and materials used for diving and welding.
- Determine defects and flaws on the product and perform NDE testing.
- Examine water on different depth to identify obstacles and conduct underwater photography.
Required Training and Education
Underwater welders should have the following education:
- High-school diploma or similar certification.
- Certificate in welding engineering, metal processing, etc.
- Underwater welding program.
- Diving certification.
Additional training is encouraged:
- Associate or college degree in arc welding, metal processing, etc.
- Relevant work experience in welding or diving.
- High motivation and self-sufficiency.
- Readiness to work in a challenging environment.
- Ability to work individually or in a team.
- Close attention to detail.
- Ability to stay focused under high pressure.
- Physically fit and strong.
Underwater welders work in an aquatic environment related to various industries.
Coastal regions offer the most opportunities for underwater welders.
Some travel can be involved.