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Underwater Welding Schools

Underwater Welding Schools

underwater weldingIf you want to step up your welding career to a whole new level of excitement, you might want to consider being an underwater welder. As an underwater welder, you will be given tasks and projects that not a lot of people are willing to take. That’s why you’ll be traveling the world a lot. From installing underwater pipes for gas rigs in the Middle East up to being a part of an under-the-sea exploration in Alaska, there is no doubt that you will be highly in demand.

And because underwater welding requires special skills, you will be compensated heavily. Aside from the opportunity to travel the world and meet different cultures, you can outearn many white-collar workers. As an underwater welder, you can make anywhere between $100,000 to $200,000 per year.

But though this looks like a promising career, you must be ready to invest in it early on. For one, a good underwater welding program can be expensive. For tuition alone, you can shell out as much as $14,000. This does not include books, application fees, and other necessary documents such as the Open Water Diver Certification.

Where can you get your underwater welding training?

On their website, the American Welding Society lists 9 schools in the United States that offer underwater welding programs. 6 of them are accredited by the Association of Commercial Diving Education or the ACDE.

  • CDA Technical InstituteCDA Technical Institute (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Divers Academy International (Erial, New Jersey)
  • Divers Institute of Technology (Seattle, Washington)
  • Hydroweld USA (Weston, Florida)
  • International Diving Institute (N. Charleston, South Carolina)
  • National University Polytechnic Institute (San Diego, California)

Here are the schools accredited by the ACDE.

  • CDA Technical Institute (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Divers Academy International (Erial, New Jersey)
  • Santa Barbara City Coll (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • National University Polytechnic Institute (San Diego, California)
  • The Ocean Corporation (Houston, TX)
  • Louisiana Technical College (Morgan City, LA)

If you want to take your underwater welding course outside the United States, you can enroll in the following schools.

  • Holland Coll, Georgetown Center (located in Canada)
  • Hydroweld UK (West Midlands, United Kingdom)
  • Hydroweld UKSeneca College (Ontario, Canada)

The following are the steps that you should take if you want to become a certified underwater welder.

First of all, you need to make sure that you have the money to pay for all the fees and the tuition. As previously mentioned, underwater welding courses are expensive. Second, you must have a diver certification. If you don’t have this, the school of your choice can still assist you in having one as long as you pay for the fee. Next, get the necessary training as an underwater welder. Attend a school that offers the best program, and make sure that you pass and complete all the requirements of the course. After that, look for a company that has an apprenticeship program so you can hone your skills as a good underwater welder.

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