Underwater welding is a method of hyperbaric welding which involves welding at augmented pressures. A process usually used to weld steel, underwater welding is performed in the repair of offshore oil platforms, oil pipelines, ships etc. According to the American Welding Society, a certified surface welder can pursue a career in underwater welding by obtaining additional certification as a welder-diver, among other requirements. Underwater welder-divers can expect salaries in the vicinity of $100,000 to $200,000 per year.
There are several professional training schools in Florida where one can train for a career as an underwater welder.
1. Commercial Diving Academy
Commercial Diving Academy positions itself as the only institute in the U.S. to offer an internationally-recognized underwater welding training program. This advanced training is included in their Air/Mixed Gas Commercial Diver Program.
Students in this highly specialized training program gain knowledge and training in manual metal arc (MMA) welding skills both above and below water. The course curriculum is tailored to the guidelines of the European Welding Federation (EWF). Students learn theory and practical skills needed to produce high quality fillet welds, including safe underwater welding procedures; preparation to weld; electrodes and weld terminology; join steel plates using three standard techniques; and quality control and assurance.
Certification options include AWS Certificate of Completion-Certified AWS Entry Level Welder; AWS Entry Level Welder Certification Card, name added to nationally searchable AWS database, Certificate of successful completion of Topside Welding for Commercial Divers and Certificate of successful completion of Underwater Welding from CDA.
Commercial Diving Academy, 8137 Main St., Jacksonville, FL 32208. (904) 766-7736, (888) 974-2232. http://www.cda.edu
2. Hydroweld USA
Hydroweld USA offers training programs in underwater welding technology at its training center in Miami. The facility features a 36,000 gallon indoor tank equipped with four welding stations and a dry hyperbaric environment. The wet welding courses are modular and 10 days in duration. They are designed to train professional divers to meet the requirements for the Welder Performance Qualification (WPQ) to AWS D3.6 Code for Underwater Welding to class ‘B’ welds. This certification is issued by the Lloyds Register of Shipping (LRS), whose standard and classification is recognized and accepted worldwide.
In addition to its published training schedule, Hydroweld USA also arranges training sessions for company projects or groups of individuals. In addition, Hydroweld USA offers its facilities for welder qualification testing.
Hydroweld USA,114 Dockside Circle, Weston, Florida 33327. (954) 385-5678. [email protected] http://www.hydroweld.com