Anybody an Underwater Welder?

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  1. wavetrain75

    wavetrain75 Useless Member

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    Something I was always intersted in but never pursued it like I should have. Today at work one of other guys started talking about it. Looks like work might dry up by summer and we'll be looking for another line of work anyway.

    We're both over 30 and in good health but not necessarily athletic. I know it's considered a young man's sport. Just looking for the real story, not the video the schools show you to try to get you to enroll.
     
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    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    You can make boatloads of money. (no pun)
     

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    I always wanted to take up underwater basket weaving myself.
     
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    Met a dude once that had done it. He apparently did make a good bit of money; was driving a Mercedes Sprinter van all set up as an adventure vehicle, and mentioned having had a G500 before that.

    He also mentioned that in his career as an underwater welder, his heart stopped on 3 separate occasions.
     
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    Is this a common problem that requires fixing?

    I mean how often does water lose its ability to stay together?
    Why do you need to weld water to put it back together?
    And why do you need to do the welding underneath the water?

    Or have I got it all wrong?

    Does overwater never need to be welded?

    Is it only underwater that needs to be welded?
     
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    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    Okay, just one word of caution, you should never use regular oil in the air compressor thingy. :embarassed:
     
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    This thread would really get out there if moved to OaF
     
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    i'm jest waitin' fer mister Okie to chime in

    he'll set me straight

    :whistling:
     
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    I've got a brother-in-law that does this - he's a "kid" of about 25, so I do believe it's a young man's game...

    He lived in Washington State for a while, but there wasn't as much work there - so now he's in Louisiana and working in the gulf.

    We don't talk about money - so I can't confirm it's "great", but I expect it's pretty decent.

    One big negative is that he's "out" for weeks at a time. Will do something like three weeks on an oil platform, and then one week vacation - which sucks now that he and his wife have a newborn (1 month old) baby.

    But, if you're single and like to read books (during the long lonely hours of being in the middle of the ocean) then it's probably a decent career.

    I'll have to ask him how many times his heart has stopped! :)

    kestrou
     
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    I couldn't do it.. I'd keep hearing the Jaws theme in my head, and that would give me the willies!
     
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    I looked into it seriously before deciding to go to college. Its a real rough crowd. Ridiculous hours, hard work, away from home/out to sea for months, and work was supposedly drying up (as of around 2 years ago) as most of the recent hurricane damage was repaired...

    I still wish I actually took a whack at it..

    *my info is out of date, so id take it with a grain of salt
     
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    Hurricanes will be back :upeyes:

    I live in a GOM oil town. You couldn't get a hotel room here for 2 years after Katrina Rita
     
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    yeah, I guess I meant to say more that the time I was looking into it, other welders told me it wasn't a great time to start out.

    There is a descent UW forum somewhere.. I cant remember where I found it.
     
  16. certifiedfunds

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    The rolleyes was the wrong thing to put there......relayed sarcasm that wasn't intended.

    What I meant to say is that there are a number of them around here and its a feast/normal type of thing. I've never met an out of work commercial diver in these parts, even during the oil slumps. But after the 2005 season, it was nuts for those guys. Don't know but was told some of them were pulling down like a quarter mil if they were willing to WORK.
     
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    ah, gotcha.

    My problem was everyone offering advice seemed very negative about it. Like its a mans job and I make good dough, but its not the right job for you.

    Most said you would get stuck tending line at $10 an hour for the first year or two...

    I wish I had actually been able to meet one in person to talk about it. sounds like you met some that knew what they were doing!
     
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    Very expensive and extensive training must be very good with math and be in great physical condition A lot try but there is a very large drop out due to physical and mental demands.
    I am a master diver, and have no interest in commercial diving, I am retired from diving now too old, but I have done two hardhat working dives, enough for me to say no thank you, deepest I've been was 150ft that was on mixed gas open circuit.
    Regards
    DW
     
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    Yes.

    I'm not an expert by any means. We have a lot of them around here though. Impressions have always been that once they get whatever "status" they need, its extremely good money.

    But lousy hours.

    ......and a lot of them spent in a pressure or decompression chamber

    ETA: Maybe Dalton Wayne can clarify but I think once they're working at a certain depth they live under pressure until their hitch is done.
     
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    Ha very cool. Just get on the web and look up Underwater welding Schools. Ask every question. Thought about that in the late 70’s. Should be in Fl. My dad was a Superintendent building power plants from Fl to AZ and hired the same dive team. I was invited to their house in Clear Lake in the Houston area. God they made major bucks. Do me a favor and look into it. Nothing worse than watch your dreams fade away.