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
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
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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