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.
Minimum Education: High school diploma or equivalent Recommended Education: Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc. Preferred Education: Underwater welding and commercial diving program
Since employment is based on project demand, it’s hard to predict. However, within the United States, Louisiana has the best track record for underwater welder employment level and concentration. This doesn’t directly translate to the highest underwater welding salary, however, as we’ll soon discover. For offshore work, diver welders will find job opportunities all over the globe.
Each project environment has a slightly different look and feel to it which is one of the major draws of this profession. No day looks the same for underwater welders. The sky (or water, rather) is the limit here. Some other environmental factors include: Zero degree visibility, Freezing temperatures, High wave currents