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how to become and underwater welder?

What are some of the things i need to become and Underwater Welder? What kind of certifications do i need in order to learn this skill?

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Hassan’s Answer

The certification required will likely depend on the employer. I'd start by looking at what the requirements are for jobs posted @ https://www.indeed.com/q-Marine-Welder-jobs.html or similar sites.

This is a very specialized job and requires extensive diving and welding training/experience. https://waterwelders.com/smoothest-path-to-an-underwater-welding-career/ has a list of steps. A list of specialized schools are here https://waterwelders.com/best-underwater-welding-schools/ and it list where they are located.

I'd take a few of scuba diving lessons to see what the underwater experience is like. You could even get a few diving certifications which may help you be more prepared for an underwater welding school.

I'd also take some welding classes or formal training to ensure you like that part of the job. This way you could always fall back on this experience if you get tired of diving.
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Molly’s Answer

I checked with my cousin who is a civilian welder for the US military. He got his AAS in welding. He said you could get a welding certificate but he recommends doing an Applied Associates Science (2 year) degree in welding instead as it opens up more opportunities. As for the under water piece, you would have to be scuba certified and you would need to know how to weld before you do the scuba piece.

I hope that helps!

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