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

Experienced Welder to Underwater Welder: Full Speed Ahead

(Journeyman – Master Tradesman): I have 2-5+ years of experience with topside welding. How can I become an underwater welder? Have you ever watched professional surfing on the TV? They make it look easy; as one wave falls and another folds over to take its place, surfers carve out the inside of each massive tidal … Read more Experienced Welder to Underwater Welder: Full Speed Ahead

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

The Importance of Training in your career: From the Experts

No one knows everything about welding under the sea, but there’s certainly welder-divers with more experience and knowledge than others. Because of the lucrative and often mysterious nature of this interesting field, rumors are started by those that don’t understand it. Rumors are cool, but around here, we prefer facts. I have hand-picked some of the experts … Read more The Importance of Training in your career: From the Experts

Complete Guide: How to Become an Underwater Welder

How to Become an Underwater Welder

The path to becoming an underwater welder is murky. Here’s why: Few achieve success. And those that are successful often keep their success private. No longer. Here’s the six steps to capturing your dream as an underwater welder: Earn your high school diploma or G.E.D. (12 years) Earn experience and certification in topside welding (2-5 … Read more Complete Guide: How to Become an Underwater Welder