Deep Sea Welding, as the name suggests involves welding in deep volumes of water at sea. This being said there is more to deep water welding than meets the eye; it is a welding art that many fail to achieve because of its high levels of skill and knowledge that are required.
Today we will talk about welding in the deep sea,
the different types of welding carried out and how welders become deep water
What is deep sea welding?
Welding at sea is about diving to deep levels under
the sea and welding metal on ships and oil rigs, well pretty much anything that
welding has been carried out for years and is a very important
component of the shipping and oil industries.
Different types of welding at
There are three main types of welding carried out;
in fact all sea welding falls in to these three types which are:
Hyperbaric welding - This is a
welding technique that involves forming a chamber around the work area that
needs welding which is filled with a gas. The welder will be outside the
chamber with his hands inside carrying out the weld.
Coffer Dam Welding - This is
where a metal structure is placed against the work area, this housing will
allow the welders to enter and be able to weld in the dry with the water
Wet Welding - This involves
literally using manual metal arc welding in the water to weld materials
together. There are variations of this welding type but manual metal arc
welding is the standard most work towards.
Becoming a welder at sea
To become a sea welder takes a lot of patience,
practice and qualifications, it is not as simple as learning to weld and
getting a basic divers license. To become a welder at sea you are required to
understand all manner of welding technique and have years of experience, you
will also need to have project management and quality control
Further to the above you will also need a deep sea diving license, this is not your standard scuba diving license and requires hours of practice to gain.
Advantages of being a deep sea welder
The working area is unique and the projects are always new and refreshing, more importantly you choose the hours and the salary potential is huge. Many welders who work out in the sea are known to earn six figure salaries.