Jobs in Welding
An Underwater Welder uses many common arc welding processes to weld and cut in a wide range of aquatic environments.
They must use their welding know-how and intricate knowledge of diving procedures and protocol to effectively lay down strong welds, often in tight spaces and less-than-forgiving surroundings.
Hyperbaric chambers and cofferdams are used for dry welding, while wet welding is performed in open waters up to several hundred feet deep.
- 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 and training that can lead
to a successful career may include:
High school diploma or equivalent
Commercial diving certification
Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc.
Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc.
Underwater welding and commercial diving program
Related work experience as welder or diver’s tender
AWS Certified Welder
- 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
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.
The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Underwater Welders in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Underwater Welder careers are currently in demand.