What is an Engineer Diver?
Any engineer will tell you that many people don’t know what they do or think their work involves designing bridges and roads. This idea may skim the surface of one field of engineering, but there are actually four core disciplines and over forty subdisciplines of engineering ranging from Agricultural to Software. In the simplest terms, an engineer is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and safety of a process, product, or system. They utilize an array of math, science, and technology to plan, design, and report findings on safety and structural issues, proposing solutions to their clients. Engineers thrive on challenging, complex, and rewarding work. For some, the love of meeting a new challenge never fades, and taking on the excitement and uniqueness of becoming an Engineer Diver becomes the next step forward in their careers.
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What exactly does an engineer diver do?
An engineer diver works in underwater environments combining the roles of both an engineer and a professional diver. Like commercial and professional divers, they may work on marine structures, but their jobs vary widely depending upon their specific area of focus. Some engineer divers inspect piers noting deficiencies while reporting and advising clients on any structural or safety issues. Others may do bottom surveys, search and recoveries, or even work on SONAR systems running tests, designing tools, and writing test plans and maintenance procedures.
Engineer divers who are great at their jobs ask questions like, “Why is this defect occurring? What could be the cause? Is the defect going to get worse?” and, most importantly, “What can be done to correct the issue?”. One of the strongest incentives of pursuing this career is that the structures and responsibilities frequently change, making every day feel fresh, new, and exciting. This career may be even more difficult than other types of engineering jobs, but for those who thrive on physically challenging work and want to grow their earning potential, this career path is a great fit.
Who can become an engineer diver?
Since the job functions differently depending upon the needs of the employer, prerequisites are often variable. There are, however, general requirements most companies necessitate:
- Either have or be working towards an Engineer in Training certification (EIT)
- Must have the ability to pass a strict medical exam annually. Preexisting conditions may disqualify you from this job. Check out this link for further details.
- Some employers may also require a welding certification.
how can you become an engineer diver?
The great news is if you’re looking to take your engineering degree to the next level, many engineers already working in marine-based industries can have their continuing education sponsored by their current employers. The incentive for sponsoring current employees is easily recognizable, they are already well-informed on the company culture, policies, and procedures which greatly reduces the difficulties associated with onboarding new hires unfamiliar with any or all of these.
Professional Diver Training Center is a perfect fit for those seeking employer-sponsored training. With over 130 years of combined experience in the Navy and Commercial Diving Industry, we focus on training engineer divers to be knowledgeable, competent, and safe for this unique and exciting field. Check out our Engineer Diver course to grow your skills and earning potential today.
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