Commercial Divers

OCCUPATION 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.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Critical Thinking: 3.75
  • Operation Monitoring: 3.62
  • Active Listening: 3.62
  • Reading Comprehension: 3.5
  • Speaking: 3.38
  • Monitoring: 3.25
  • Repairing: 3.25
  • Quality Control Analysis: 3.25
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Active Learning: 3.12
  • Troubleshooting: 3.12
  • Coordination: 3.12
  • Operation and Control: 3.12
  • Instructing: 3.12
  • Time Management: 3.12
  • Complex Problem Solving: 3.12
  • Equipment Maintenance: 3
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 3
  • Learning Strategies: 3
  • Writing: 3
  • Social Perceptiveness: 3
  • Equipment Selection: 2.88
  • Systems Analysis: 2.75
  • Negotiation: 2.62
  • Persuasion: 2.62
  • Systems Evaluation: 2.5
  • Installation: 2.38
  • Service Orientation: 2.38
  • Science: 2.25
  • Mathematics: 2.12
  • Operations Analysis: 1.75
  • Management of Material Resources: 1.38
  • Management of Financial Resources: 0.88
  • Technology Design: 0.88
CORE TASKS
  • 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.
  • Check and maintain diving equipment, such as helmets, masks, air tanks, harnesses, or gauges.
  • Descend into water with the aid of diver helpers, using scuba gear or diving suits.
  • Obtain information about diving tasks and environmental conditions.
  • 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.
  • Cut and weld steel, using underwater welding equipment, jigs, and supports.
  • Recover objects by placing rigging around sunken objects, hooking rigging to crane lines, and operating winches, derricks, or cranes to raise objects.
  • Install pilings or footings for piers or bridges.
  • Take test samples or photographs to assess the condition of vessels or structures.
  • Install, inspect, clean, or repair piping or valves.
  • Operate underwater video, sonar, recording, or related equipment to investigate underwater structures or marine life.
  • Remove obstructions from strainers or marine railway or launching ways, using pneumatic or power hand tools.
  • Salvage wrecked ships or their cargo, using pneumatic power velocity and hydraulic tools and explosive charges, when necessary.
  • 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.
  • Supervise or train other divers, including hobby divers.
  • Carry out non-destructive testing, such as tests for cracks on the legs of oil rigs at sea.
  • Inspect the condition of underwater steel or wood structures.

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