List of underwater welding schools

Schools in the United States and Canada offer underwater welder-diver programs. According to the American Welding Society, an underwater welder-diver is someone who has both certified welder and commercial diver training. Welder-divers must be able to perform tasks related to the preparation and set up of welding materials (wet or dry); commercial work located undersea; and welding and associated activities as specified by the American Welding Society Standards for Underwater Welding.

Commercial Diving Academy

The Commercial Diving Academy offers a program in underwater wet welding. The program prepares students to work as underwater welders based on a Weldcraft-pro curriculum. The curriculum meets European Welding Federation and American Welding Society (AWS) guidelines. The program is designed to provide students with the capacity to produce Manual Metal Arc (MMA) welds that are of high quality either above ground or below sea. Enrolment in the program is based on completion of grade 12 (or GED); mechanical ability; other skills as determined by the Academy and an entrance interview. Upon completion of the program, students will be certified as an Entry Level Welder by the American Welding Society (AWS). Students will also receive an AWS certificate of completion.

Commercial Diving Academy 8137 N. Main St. Jacksonville, FL 32208 888-974-2232

Divers Institute of Technology

The Divers Institute of Technology (DIT) is a nationally accredited diving school that provides a comprehensive seven-month commercial diving training program, which includes subjects on underwater welding, cutting and burning. Admission prerequisites include completion of high school (or GED) and completion of a Association of Dive Contractors International (ADCI) dive physical exam before the beginning of the first class. Students enrolled in the program can apply to DIT for financial aid to help offset the cost of their studies. Students receive 900 hours of instruction over the course and have the option to pursue certification as an Entry Level Diver (ADCI).

Divers Institute of Technology 4315 11th Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98107 800-634-8377

Holland College

Holland College, Georgetown Campus (Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada) offers a program in Commercial Diving that has accreditation status from the Diver Certification Board of Canada and the Association of Dive Contractors International (ADCI). Program requirements include completion of grade 12 (or equivalent) including math, English and physics; certificate of open water scuba diving training; recognised diving medical assessment from a hyperbaric physician; resume and preferably trade-related experience. Upon completion of the Commercial Diving program, students receive a certification card which is recognised internationally. The program takes nine months to complete; students are certified as an Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver and can work in a variety of fields.

Holland College, Georgetown Centre 117 Ken St. Georgetown, PE Canada C0A 1L0 800-446-5265

Seneca College

Seneca College, King Campus (Ontario, Canada) offers a 34-week underwater skills program in commercial diving. Students in the program receive training in the maintenance and operation of oil rig equipment, in addition to underwater diving skills. Program eligibility is based on high school completion (including English, math and physics); a recognised recreational scuba diving certificate; a recognised diving medical exam that has been completed successfully; and at least 20 dives with 10 hours of time at the bottom. Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of college completion in underwater skills.

Seneca College Underwater Skills Department 13990 Dufferin St., King Campus King City, Ontario Canada L7B 1B3 416-491-5050

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