Underwater welding schools train students for a career that brings together two of the world’s most-exotic, exciting jobs – deep sea diving and welding! Underwater welders primarily service oil rigs, but can also be called upon to work on any number of other jobs beneath the waves. Regardless of where the underwater welder intends to work, the pay is usually fantastic!
About The Schools
Underwater welding programs put their students through rigorous training in simulated, and real-world environments where they are able to practice the unique science of hyperbaric welding. Course curricula is based around training students for AWS D3.6 Code and Standards for Underwater Welding.
Most schools provide either deep water tanks, or dive quarries where students can hone their skills, and most instructors are either current commercial divers, military divers, or retired professionals. There are also a number of programs that train their students in open water situations.
Below you’ll find a list of three questions that most students have about underwater welding training.
What are the Prerequisites?
The first prerequisite for underwater welding school is, of course, being both a certified commercial diver and certified welder. While some schools do offer commercial diving training as part of their curriculum, the vast majority will expect you to already hold a commercial certification (e.g. the certification offered by ADC International) prior to enrollment.
To summarize, the prerequisites for most schools are:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Hold a high school diploma or GED
- Hold a commercial diving certification
- Be an AWS certified welder
Being a certified welder as indicated on the list above means that you hold one or more of the three main types of welding certifications.
How Long is Underwater Welding School?
Underwater welding certification programs typically last several months, depending on the school in question. An average course length is six months although you may find certain schools that require slightly more or less time.
What Should I Look for in Schools?
In general, there are several things you should always look for when comparing welding schools.
- Are all required certifications included in the cost of your training?
- Is the class taught by certified professionals?
- Does instruction take place in real-world environments?
- Is the latest underwater welding equipment used in the classes?
Although not necessarily essential, you may also want to consider whether or not the school is accredited by the Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE). Accreditation through this organization indicates that the program meets all current commercial diving codes and regulations.
Finding Underwater Diving Training
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