Underwater Welding Careers

Career prospects for underwater welders include both offshore and inland underwater welding jobs.  Preparing for both, however, will require both training and good planning.

One must train and be licensed both as a commercial diver and in wet welding techniques, as well as being an AWS certified welder. 

Once qualified, underwater welders are able to get hired for numerous jobs available with the offshore drilling contractors as well as the inland authorities responsible for the maintenance and repair of bridges, dams and other structures.

Additionally, being trained and licensed as a commercial diver and underwater welder will open many other doors as well. Graduates from commercial diving academies are then eligible to gain certification from numerous professional organizations. The following are just an example:

  • The Association of Commercial Diving Educators 
  • Association of Diving Contractors International 
  • Diver Certification Board of Canada 
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research 
  • American Petroleum Institute 
  • American Welding Society 
  • Divers Alert Network 
  • Hazwoper Environmental Training 
  • National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technicians 
  • National Registry Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Scuba Diving International 

Becoming professionally certified with just a few of these organizations will enable new commercial divers to work almost anywhere in the world, both offshore and inland.

Demand of inland divers is almost as great as it is for divers offshore.  The aging infrastructure of this country has created a great deal of work for underwater divers and welders.  

Many of our dams and bridges were built from between 30 to over 100 years ago. The need for these structures to be inspected and repaired is quite high. Cities, Counties, and States all over the country are now raising the funds to pay for the very necessary work that needs to be performed on these structures.  

Wages for Offshore Underwater Welding

Underwater welders are extremely well paid, as they should be. Wages in the Gulf of Mexico start at $80,000; underwater welders with experience under their belt earn up to $200,000.00 a year. Day rates of $1000 for those with experience are very common.

Underwater Welding Jobs Recruiting Services

 If you are interested in finding offshore jobs as a welder or underwater welder, one of the fastest ways to get hired is to utilize the resources provided by Rigworker. For what they charge, $60.00, they provide a lot of value: a web-based resume creation program that meets oil industry criteria, an online resume webpage that you can refer potential employers to, and the submission of your resume to over 1200 medium-to-large energy companies and drilling contractors. While they make no guarantees of getting hired, they do guarantee your satisfaction with their services, and you will get a lot of bang for the buck.

The Oil and Gas Jobs Resource Kit, $37.00, also provides a lot of value: A five volume resource kit on landing work in the oil industry in the job of your choice. This includes a 50 page how-to on oil rig careers resume creation that meets oil industry criteria, an 83 page manual on the types of oil jobs and where to find them; and an 83 page guide on how an oil rig works, as well as an employment manual with over 200 pages of oil and drilling company profiles, large and small, all over the world. They also tie it all together in a seperate strategy manual on finding oil jobs. They guarantee 100% satisfaction, and you will get a lot of bang for the buck.

If you are interested in finding offshore welding jobs, one of the fastest ways to get hired is to utilize the recruiting service provided by If you are in the US, you can also apply in person at the offshore drilling contractors based in Houston, TX and Lafayette, LO. There are a number of advantages of applying in person, but the biggest is simply that there are often unadvertised openings that need filled yesterday, and if you go in person, you stand a shot at getting hired on the spot.

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