It’s always tough to make career decisions. And then there’s underwater welding as a career. But having the right set of info will help ya make a confident decision.
There’re only four sectors that you need to gather information in before you make a career decision. They’re prerequisites, prospects, risks, and obviously money.
Once you have the data on all four of these you can easily analyze and decide. So, let’s get on with it, shall we?
En route to becoming an underwater welder, a person has to come with some fulfilled requisitions.
First thing’s first, you’ll need to be a high school graduate i.e. you’ll have to pass G.E.D. It’s not much big of a deal, you’ll just need 12 years to get it done.
Well, underwater welding’s under the water, so it’s pretty obvious that you have to be able to dive.
Just knowing to dive won’t cut it. You’ll have to have expertise in diving communication, good diving physiology, in-depth knowledge of emergency procedures, the proper idea about underwater inspection and you’ll have to be able to operate hyperbaric chambers.
Saying you can do all of the above won’t be getting you the job. You’ll have to be certified by a commercial dive school.
Knowing to Weld
Again, to be an underwater welder you gotta be a welder first.
As always knowing how to weld won’t do much good. You have to be certified that your welding skills match the American Welding Society’s D3.6.
Many institutions offer welding courses that’s certified by the American Welding Society. This course will obviously get you the certificate that you want and also give you proper knowledge about weld et-up and prep.
There’s no age limit to be becoming a welder but still, you need to be able to pass the physical fitness test of companies that require you to pass theirs.
Landing A Job
Skill and experience can’t be certified but still, you’ll need to have these to become an underwater welder.
So, to begin with, if you can’t become an underwater welder all of a sudden. Hence the only choice at hand is to become an apprentice aka diver tender.
And gradually keep on gathering experience. Then someday you’ll finally become one.
Chances of Landing A Job
I wouldn’t say that the prospects of underwater welding are great but it’s pretty good. If you’re in the States then you should be lucky since a lot of underwater welding is going on in the states.
But almost all of the time underwater welders don’t get a permanent job. Rather they get hired on a need basis. As for this reason high-income underwater welders travel around the globe.
In order to have higher employability, prospect, and income it’s a wise, popular and mainstream decision to have some other underwater skills apart from welding. This might include ironwork and other repair type skill set.
There’s always a huge amount of risk tied with the profession of underwater welding. Interesting Engineering said underwater welding is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. But knowing and following the proper protocols will ensure your safety.
But some can’t be avoided by protocols. You can’t stop decompression sickness and hypothermia by protocol, can you? And then there are some chronic diseases that like muscle aches, hearing losses and loss of memory.
Not everybody is affected by it but still, a significant number of underwater welders and diver are affected by these ever years.
And then there’s always a probability of equipment failure. This usually leads to two scenarios. One’s electric shock and the other’s drowning.
Let’s Talk Money
It can’t be quantified quite properly how much money an underwater welder can make but still here’s some info about it.
A lot of underwater welders hardly make 15k USD annually whereas others make more than that per month. As I’ve said most of the underwater welders work on a contract basis and their income varies on the number of jobs available at the moment.
There are pros and cons to working on a contract basis. If you’re a staff for some organization you’ll obviously get paid leave in times of emergency. You won’t get that if you’re working as a contractor but you’ll earn more
Underwater welding as a career is full of mystery and misconception. To rule out those misconceptions and this makes this career a reality, I’ve talked about all that you’ll have to do.
Everything that needs to be done, that needs to be known is up there. The prospects, the risks, the money everything that comes with it has also been talked about.