Taking the Plunge – A Guide to Starting an Underwater Welding Career


This month, CryoGas International examines the many ways the industrial gas industry works with water. The demand for highly sophisticated underwater procedures and technologies is increasing, driven by deep sea oil and gas development and by marine infrastructure development and repair around the world. 

In this article the American Welding Society (AWS) looks at careers in underwater welding. (See related article “Heating Things Up Underwater,” by TWI, on page 28 of this issue.) 

For prospective underwater welder-divers, the American Welding Society Subcommittee on Underwater Welding provides answers for nine commonly asked questions in “Taking the Plunge: A Guide to Starting an Underwater Welding Career,” (copyright ©AWS). This article summarizes that report, which can be read in its entirety at www.aws.org/education/ plunge.html. 

1) What skills are prerequisite to entering the field of underwater welding? 

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