5 Ways to Boost Mechanical Skills: #2 is CRUCIAL for Welders

Mechanical Skills and Expertise

When I was in high school, we had a term for people who could ace tests, but then walk out the door and not understand a single way to apply their “book” knowledge. We called them “Four – Oh’s.” That referred to their incredible GPA (4.0) and lack of street smarts. Don’t be one of those … Read more 5 Ways to Boost Mechanical Skills: #2 is CRUCIAL for Welders

Fresh Start: After Almost 2 Decades Topside, Shawn Welds Underwater

I started welding in  1997 and full-time as a career for 16 years, fitting and fabricating heavy equipment. I’ve done everything, including concrete mixers, roofing tar kettles, rodeo equipment, live stock equipment, food processing machinery, CNC Router Machines, Asphalt Pavers, and huge track crawler excavators. In between my main job, I’ve worked on small and … Read more Fresh Start: After Almost 2 Decades Topside, Shawn Welds Underwater

10 Major Employers of US Underwater Welding Jobs

On the career hunt for underwater welding jobs? Underwater welding has a big reputation: Lots of money Extreme competition Ruthless hours Hazardous environments Reality Check: These factors depend on your diving project responsibilities and the maritime company that employs you. Most importantly, the majority of companies highly value their divers’ safety and skill level. If they don’t, you should report … Read more 10 Major Employers of US Underwater Welding Jobs

SCUBA Diver to Underwater Welder: Where to Start

(SCUBA Diver): I have my open water certification and several years of experience in the water. How do I become an underwater welder? All right. You’re comfortable in the ocean, you can check your pressure gauge and you know the secret ingredient to keep your goggles free of fog (Hint: it resides in your mouth). … Read more SCUBA Diver to Underwater Welder: Where to Start

Top 9 Underwater Welding Videos: Fire & Water

Underwater welding videos have a particular beauty about them. Maybe it’s the steady stream of bubbles firing from the weld site. Or perhaps the gentle glow of the electrode. Heck, even the preparation phase is interesting to watch – cleaning and clearing out before beginning the underwater weld. It’s a fascinating process. And we’re not … Read more Top 9 Underwater Welding Videos: Fire & Water

Beginner Welder to Professional Welder-diver: Don’t Wait for the Perfect Opportunity

(Apprentice – Journeyman welder): I have less than two years of experience with topside welding. How can I become an underwater welder? Advantage – You As a beginner welder, you have several distinct advantages over others. You’re young (at least at heart) You’re gleaning from more experienced welders Safety standards are much higher for you … Read more Beginner Welder to Professional Welder-diver: Don’t Wait for the Perfect Opportunity

Tangled Hoses and Boat Propellers: Commercial Diving Accidents Plus Bonus Video

It’s no secret that welding underwater comes with many risks and dangers. Many welder-divers have come out of this field of work much different people than when they came in – some in wheelchairs, some with chronic headaches or aching limbs, and some haven’t made it at all – they’ve perished in a high risk … Read more Tangled Hoses and Boat Propellers: Commercial Diving Accidents Plus Bonus Video

Underwater Welding School Guide: How to Choose

Underwater Welding School

Time to make a decision. You must find the best underwater welding school. You’re going to pursue an underwater welding career – you just need to know where to earn your education so you can get your feet wet. A large investment like underwater welding school training should not be taken lightly; your future in underwater welding … Read more Underwater Welding School Guide: How to Choose

How to Seize Your $300,000 Underwater Welding Salary This Year

Underwater Welding Salary Feature

It’s rare to find a well-paying job that requires little education. Even more to earn your entire year’s salary in as little as a few months. Underwater welding can be one of those professions. Today I’m going to show you exactly how you as an underwater welder can earn by: Current underwater welding salary Job type Pay scale factors Comparisons … Read more How to Seize Your $300,000 Underwater Welding Salary This Year