Job Description: Work 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.
What Commercial Divers do:
- 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.
- Take appropriate safety precautions, such as monitoring dive lengths and depths and registering with authorities before diving expeditions begin.
- Recover objects by placing rigging around sunken objects, hooking rigging to crane lines, and operating winches, derricks, or cranes to raise objects.
- Obtain information about diving tasks and environmental conditions.
- Install, inspect, clean, or repair piping or valves.
- Perform activities related to underwater search and rescue, salvage, recovery, or cleanup operations.
- Operate underwater video, sonar, recording, or related equipment to investigate underwater structures or marine life.
- Set or guide placement of pilings or sandbags to provide support for structures such as docks, bridges, cofferdams, or platforms.
- Take test samples or photographs to assess the condition of vessels or structures.
- Inspect the condition of underwater steel or wood structures.
- Repair ships, bridge foundations, or other structures below the water line, using caulk, bolts, and hand tools.
- 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.
- Remove obstructions from strainers or marine railway or launching ways, using pneumatic or power hand tools.
- Cut and weld steel, using underwater welding equipment, jigs, and supports.
- Descend into water with the aid of diver helpers, using scuba gear or diving suits.
- Install pilings or footings for piers or bridges.
- Carry out non-destructive testing, such as tests for cracks on the legs of oil rigs at sea.
- Salvage wrecked ships or their cargo, using pneumatic power velocity and hydraulic tools and explosive charges, when necessary.
- Supervise or train other divers, including hobby divers.
- Drill holes in rock and rig explosives for underwater demolitions.
- Remove rubbish or pollution from the sea.
- Perform offshore oil or gas exploration or extraction duties, such as conducting underwater surveys or repairing and maintaining drilling rigs or platforms.
- Set up dive sites for recreational instruction.
- Cultivate or harvest marine species or perform routine work on fish farms.
What work activities are most important?
|Performing General Physical Activities – Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.|
|Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material – Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.|
|Handling and Moving Objects – Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.|
|Making Decisions and Solving Problems – Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.|
|Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates – Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.|
|Getting Information – Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.|
|Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events – Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.|
|Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment – Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.|
|Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings – Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.|
|Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards – Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.|
|Controlling Machines and Processes – Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).|
|Training and Teaching Others – Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.|
|Documenting/Recording Information – Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.|
|Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment – Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.|
|Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge – Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.|
|Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others – Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.|
|Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work – Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.|
|Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates – Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.|
|Assisting and Caring for Others – Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.|
|Communicating with Persons Outside Organization – Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.|
|Scheduling Work and Activities – Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.|
|Thinking Creatively – Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.|
|Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships – Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.|
|Coaching and Developing Others – Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.|
|Developing and Building Teams – Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.|
|Developing Objectives and Strategies – Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.|
|Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People – Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.|
|Processing Information – Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.|
|Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information – Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.|
|Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others – Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.|
|Monitoring and Controlling Resources – Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.|
|Performing for or Working Directly with the Public – Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.|
|Analyzing Data or Information – Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.|
|Provide Consultation and Advice to Others – Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.|
|Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others – Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.|
|Performing Administrative Activities – Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.|
|Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment – Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.|
|Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment – Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.|
|Staffing Organizational Units – Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.|