An underwater welder must demonstrate not only welding skills but also the commercial diving qualifications. Underwater welders are also known as the offshore welders and they must be having the ability to control and manage the heavy welding equipments in the hazardous working environment. This article will discuss in details the career path of the underwater welder and also inform any aspiring underwater welder on what he/she should do in order to pursue their career in this field.

What are the responsibilities of an underwater welder?

They are required to work with the different types of welding equipments following the specific procedures laid down to complete the required task. Some of the duties they are required to do include: inspection and non destructive testing, underwater photography, underwater cutting, drafting, fitting and rigging. Sometimes, the underwater divers are required to work with the project planning managers. They are required to give them assistance in the management field and public relations as they are required to have good communication skills besides the interpersonal skills they have that normally assist them to work well with other employees.

Education and other requirements

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The first requirement is a commercial dive certification. This certification is offered by many schools offering the diving courses. Moreover, there are other requirements that cannot be overlooked even if an individual has vast experience in the field so as to be given the certification. Such requirements include the ability to use and handle the variety of diving equipments, underwater inspections, diver communications, diving physiology, emergency procedures and the hyperbaric chamber operations.

The welder-divers are required to have welding skills with a rating of AWS D3.6 standard, and with the knowledge and abilities to prepare and set up welds. Most welding courses offered at the educational facilities in the country are approved by the American Welding Society and therefore an underwater welder can benefit from his/her underwater welding skills as he/she will be recognized. Internationally recognized training in underwater welding is exclusively given in US by Commercial Diving Academy.
The underwater welders are required to be in good physical condition and there is no age limit. Most companies require individuals who can pass the physical examinations. In order to maintain the certification, the underwater welders are required to undertake periodic examinations.

Wage potential

It is not easy to generalize the earnings potential of underwater divers due to the fact that they depend on many factors. They are paid for the individual projects and some of the factors that influence their earnings potential include: the project duration, hazard levels, the dive methods employed employer and the divide grade. Welding has been categorized as an occupation for the commercial divers by U.S. Bureau of labor statistics and the reported annual average salary in 2009 was $52540.

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