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Do i need to go to college first?

In order to become a underwater welder do i need to go to college first seeing as its already a college program itself?

Thank you comment icon No college is not needed for trades positions. Research local trade schools in the construction field and gain more information on the requirements for certification. Debra Luckett

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Dani’s Answer

Hi! College always depends on your interests and what you are looking to do. For certain professions it does matter but also "real" on the job experience is also just as important (sometimes even more). Determine based on your profession but as a recruiting manager for a large company, I am finding experience is many times more important than college (in areas such as tech - software developers, programmers, etc.). However, do know that college is definitely an added benefit and make you that much more competitive in the market. For the profession you are pursuing not a must.
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Manish’s Answer

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It is better to finish up with college if there is a program wherein underwater welding is taught, rather than taking up the job because the one solid reason I can think of is that you will be well versed in all nitty gritties and understand the nuances after which when you take up a job you will have a smooth sail all through.
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Tommy’s Answer

Hi Ezra,
It depends on what you want to do. College isn't always the next chapter in your life after college. The military could be an option for you. You'd need to be in great physical condition and have a certain score on your ABSVAB. Explore all your options. You don't have to make the military a career but I did. I was not ready for college but I eventually decided the time was right for me after serving for about 8 years. The one thing I can guarantee if you is that you will have tremendous training if you chose the military route. I would never push it on anyone, its every ones decisions. I'd suggest a few things. Get on LinkedIn and look up navy or army divers and talk to them. Gain their perspective and if they think it aligns with your goals. Another option is watching some YouTube videos of the training and requirements. Lastly, you can always pop into a recruiting office and ask. If you are not comfortable going into one alone ask a veteran from your area, maybe the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars to go with you. Best of luck, make as educated of a decision as you can. You've already started by posting a question here!
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Debra’s Answer

Underwater welders use specialized equipment and procedures to fabricate, cut, weld and repair metal structures underwater. Many of the projects they work on include bridge and pier construction and other applications requiring working with metal. While job duties differ between employers and welding applications, college is not needed. You will need credentials in both welding and commercial diving. Choosing an accredited welding course through the American Welding Society (AWS) can provide you with the educational qualifications you need to enroll in a commercial diving program. After you have both your welding and commercial diving certifications, you can enroll in an underwater welding program, which can take anywhere from six months to two years. Do your research and pursue your dreams!

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Jorge’s Answer

You may want to look into the Navy. If this is truly your passion here is a link to read up - https://www.navy.com/careers/navy-diver

Navy Divers operate anywhere from the shallow waters of coral reefs and harbors around the world to the freezing depths beneath icebergs, accomplishing specialized tasks below the surface, with no margin for error. Your job as a Diver could encompass many specialties, including:

Performing wreckage salvage operations and underwater repairs
Conducting harbor and waterway clearance operations
Assisting in construction and demolition projects
Executing search and rescue missions
Performing deep submergence operations and saturation diving, which could involve living and working at extreme depths for days or weeks at a time
Supporting military and civilian law enforcement agencies
Serving as technical experts for diving evolutions for numerous military Special Operations units
Providing security, communications and other logistics during Expeditionary Warfare missions
Carrying out ship and submarine maintenance, including inspection and repai
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Sugandh’s Answer

Hi Ezra

To become an underwater welder minimum education required is High School Diploma and 18+. But it would be always best to finish your college first and then apply for it. As will give you more options within the career of your choice and you will have a good opportunity in the financial aspect. Other than this you can start preparing yourself by having very good Reading, Writing and Speaking skills. Other you should learn to swim.
The ability to swim 400 meters unassisted is also one of the requirements.

I hope this helps.

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