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Seven reasons why veterans make great underwater welders

As a veteran, you have something few in the workforce have: devotion, steadfastness, stamina, and a wealth of experience in problem-solving and hands-on training in life-threatening situations. Now that you’re back from duty, it’s time to find a career that rewards you for all you’ve given to this country.

What makes veterans uniquely qualified to become commercial divers?

1. Commercial diving takes incredible discipline

Not only do commercial divers have to exhibit a high level of personal discipline to think quickly if the job goes wrong, but they have to work well under a chain of command that isn’t unlike the military. Failure to comply with your boss on the job site can mean the same life-and-death difference as not following the direct orders of a commanding officer on the field of duty.

Navy Diver conducts underwater welding training

2. You have experience in life-threatening situations

Commercial divers can be exposed to hazardous materials, have an air supply line cut, and experience pressure changes from deep-sea dives all in the same 24 hours. People aren’t just born with the ability to work well under pressure, they learn how to do it. Having this life experience under your belt gives you a leg up.

3. The training is intense, both physically and mentally

This isn’t a four-year degree at a state school to become an accountant. Certification to become a commercial diver takes about six months, which means you get the most important information and you get it quickly. Veterans are experienced in digesting large amounts of information and then quickly reinforcing that knowledge by putting it into practice in the field. And they’re used to doing it in sessions that take up the majority of the day. That takes a toll on the mind and body that the average civilian isn’t used to. But you are.

4. You need excitement

Let’s face it, after returning from duty many veterans struggle with the monotony of everyday life. You’re used to an adrenaline-filled workday and while the comforts of home are nice, there’s still a yearning for excitement. Commercial diving is as dangerous as it is exciting and will leave you exhausted (and satisfied) after a 12-hour workday.

5. Veterans are used to being away from home

Most husbands and fathers couldn’t be away from their families for as long as you were. Most wives and mothers wouldn’t be able to do it either. But your family was built around you serving your country and being away for months at a time. That’s exactly the work rhythm of many commercial divers as the most lucrative jobs mean anywhere from three to six months away from home.

6. There is a lot of teamwork involved

Many jobs can be done with little or no help from the outside. But that’s just not the case with the military and it’s not the case with commercial diving either. You will need to rely on the expertise of multiple people every day as you make your dives just as they will need to rely on you -- and that camaraderie will feel very familiar to veterans.

U.S. Navy Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11-7

7. You’re constantly learning

In the military, the more you knew the better your chances of completing the mission. That drive is invaluable. As a commercial diver, you’re not a cog in the machine who does his one job and then go home. You will learn to weld, inspect, supervise, rig, repair, and more -- expanding your expertise and making you more likely to secure higher-paying jobs in the future.

posted 06/02/2017 in Careers, Commercial Diving, Top Five Lists, Underwater Welding, Veterans

Tags: commercial diving, underwater welding, veterans, ex military, jobs, careers, navy divers


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