Works below surface of water, using scuba gear 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resources pathway.
A person in this career:
- Takes appropriate safety precautions, such as monitoring dive lengths and depths and registering with authorities before diving expeditions begin.
- Checks and maintains diving equipment, such as helmets, masks, air tanks, harnesses, or gauges.
- Communicates with workers on the surface while underwater, using signal lines or telephones.
- Descends into water with the aid of diver helpers, using scuba gear or diving suits.
- Obtains information about diving tasks and environmental conditions.
- Supervises or trains other divers, including hobby divers.
- Inspects the condition of underwater steel or wood structures.
- Inspects and tests docks, ships, buoyage systems, plant intakes or outflows, or underwater pipelines, cables, or sewers, using closed circuit television, still photography, and testing equipment.
- Repairs ships, bridge foundations, or other structures below the water line, using caulk, bolts, and hand tools.
- Recovers objects by placing rigging around sunken objects, hooking rigging to crane lines, and operating winches, derricks, or cranes to raise objects.