When I finished school in Germany, I never dreamed of such a career. I am very fortunate to do what I do for a living. I can combine two of my greatest passions in my life, welding and diving. Being a welding engineer educated in Germany, I had to start my career with an apprenticeship comparable to an iron worker in the US.
Here I learned how to weld.
After finishing my three-year apprenticeship, I moved on to the university where I studied mechanical engineering for the next four years. I followed this up with more studying and schooling for welding engineering. Prior to move to the US, I was employed by the German Welding Society. Once in the United States (1995) I worked for engineering offices, writing mainly welding procedures and performing welding inspections.
My call as a diver came late – it was in 2000 when I became a commercial diver.
I am now the welding engineer for SubSea Global Solutions (SGS) a global underwater ship repair and marine underwater contractor. I always say that I have the best job in the world. Not only do I get I to work with the best guys in the industry from our offices in Miami, Holland, Long Beach, Curacao, Trinidad and Panama, but I also have the chance to work on very interesting projects. I travel the world, experience different cultures and get to dive in locations where people dream to go on vacation.
As I am writing this, I am in Lanzarote, an island in the Canary Islands and waiting to perform nondestructive testing on a subsea pipeline.
– Uwe Aschemeier, welding engineer