On the Job
Commercial Divers work below the surface of the water to inspect, install, or repair equipment. They may use hand or power tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, and welding equipment. They may conduct tests or take pictures of structures or marine life.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
- Inspect systems to determine if they are operating properly.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Attach rigging to objects so they can be moved.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Install piping for installation or maintenance activities.
- Install structural foundations.
- Operate welding equipment.
- Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
- Gather information about work conditions or locations.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Working with a group or team.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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