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Commercial Divers

Work below surface of water, using surface-supplied air or scuba equipment to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Take appropriate safety precautions, such as monitoring dive lengths and depths and registering with authorities before diving expeditions begin.
    • Check and maintain diving equipment, such as helmets, masks, air tanks, harnesses, or gauges.
    • Communicate with workers on the surface while underwater, using signal lines or telephones.
    • Descend into water with the aid of diver helpers, using scuba gear or diving suits.
    • Obtain information about diving tasks and environmental conditions.
    • Supervise or train other divers, including hobby divers.
    • Inspect the condition of underwater steel or wood structures.
    • Inspect and test docks, ships, buoyage systems, plant intakes or outflows, or underwater pipelines, cables, or sewers, using closed circuit television, still photography, and testing equipment.
    • Repair ships, bridge foundations, or other structures below the water line, using caulk, bolts, and hand tools.
    • Recover objects by placing rigging around sunken objects, hooking rigging to crane lines, and operating winches, derricks, or cranes to raise objects.
    • Operate underwater video, sonar, recording, or related equipment to investigate underwater structures or marine life.
    • Take test samples or photographs to assess the condition of vessels or structures.
    • Cut and weld steel, using underwater welding equipment, jigs, and supports.
    • Install, inspect, clean, or repair piping or valves.
    • Carry out non-destructive testing, such as tests for cracks on the legs of oil rigs at sea.
    • Install pilings or footings for piers or bridges.
    • Salvage wrecked ships or their cargo, using pneumatic power velocity and hydraulic tools and explosive charges, when necessary.
    • Perform offshore oil or gas exploration or extraction duties, such as conducting underwater surveys or repairing and maintaining drilling rigs or platforms.
    • Remove obstructions from strainers or marine railway or launching ways, using pneumatic or power hand tools.
    • Set or guide placement of pilings or sandbags to provide support for structures, such as docks, bridges, cofferdams, or platforms.
    • Perform activities related to underwater search and rescue, salvage, recovery, or cleanup operations.
    • Drill holes in rock and rig explosives for underwater demolitions.
    • Remove rubbish or pollution from the sea.
    • Set up dive sites for recreational instruction.
    • Cultivate or harvest marine species or perform routine work on fish farms.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 54800/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 26.35/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 40
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Persistence
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Underwater cameras
    • Power drills
    • Masks or fins or snorkels
    • Hoists
    • Diving instruments or accessories

    Technology

    • Internet browser software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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