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04/21/2011

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Hi my name is Anthony I am 19 years old and I am really looking to be a underwater welder...I done a basic diving session and done my arc welding basic and advanced...what should I do?

Hey Anthony,

In response to your question, there's still an underwater welding certification program that most companies would still require in order to hire you as a staff welder or a freelancer. On the other hand, as I mentioned it the article, because you already have some of the necessary credentials, a welding company many consider using you as helper to a certified welder, which is where you would probably start out even if you were certified. Working as a helper is sort of like an apprenticeship, most welder start out as a helper.

The American Welding Society is great resource for schooling and jobs. They offer search capabilities through site to find both schools and jobs in your area. I encourage you to check out their site – www.aws.org

An alternative option you might want to consider is the Navy. I have several close friends who currently have very lucrative careers as certified welding inspectors, all of whom started out as frogmen welders. Because you already have training in both diving, and welding, the Navy will more than like want to track you into a frogman welding program. And the advanced training and practical experience you’ll receive in the Navy is second to none. Obviously, joining the Navy is a big commitment, but without knowing you current situation, it may a good option for you.

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